JoJo Siwa Addresses Claim She “Stole” Her New Song “Karma” From Miley Cyrus and Brit Smith

JoJo Siwa shut down speculation that she stole her new song "Karma" from singers Miley Cyrus and Brit Smith, saying "there's no such thing as stealing" when it comes to music.

By Leah Degrazia Apr 13, 2024 2:09 AMTags
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JoJo Siwa is setting the record straight. 

The Dance Moms alum shut down rumors that she stole her latest single "Karma" from Miley Cyrus and Brit Smith, who were both rumored to have recorded demo versions of the track in the early 2010s. 

"I did not steal anything," JoJo told TMZ April 12. "There's no such thing as stealing."

The 20-year-old went on to acknowledge that the confusion may have arisen over the track's producers Rock Mafia, who wrote the song years ago and also penned a handful of hits for Disney alums such as Miley's "Can't Be Tamed" and Aly & AJ's "Potential Breakup Song."  

"What happens is people write songs, and then, they don't do anything with them," JoJo continued. "Then, a few years later, it makes sense for another artist."

JoJo Siwa Through the Years

Noting that it was an "old song," the So You Think You Can Dance judge added, "I was pitched it. I loved it, was obsessed with it, so I grasped onto it. That's a very normal thing."

As for the track's age? JoJo, who released "Karma" on April 5 as part of her new, more mature era, wasn't worried about the track feeling outdated. 

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"I knew that it was a special song," she said. "I knew that it fit. I knew that it was exactly the vision that I wanted to create for the world."

Describing "Karma" as "such a head-turner," JoJo added, "'Karma' makes you listen, 'Karma' makes you ask, 'Karma' makes you confused. So, whether people like it or not, marketing plan worked." 

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As for Brit, she revealed that "Karma" was supposed to be her first single in 2012. "Things changed and I went with ‘Provocative' instead," she explained to Page Six in an interview published April 12, "and shouldn't have done that really—we should've gone with ‘Karma.' That was my first choice."

And noting that the song "hasn't seen the light of day until now," she added, "I'm just happy that people are hearing it and liking it."

To look back on JoJo's career leading up to her new single, read on.

September 2013

JoJo Siwa made her reality TV debut at age 9 while competing on the second season of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, judged by Abby Lee Miller.

May 2015

JoJo celebrated the launch of Abby Lee Dance Company LA's VIP Grand Opening. 

May 2015

She rocked a glam jumpsuit at the 3rd Annual Reality TV Awards.

March 2017

JoJo accepted the award for Favorite Viral Music Artist at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards. 

March 2018

She proved the sun never sets on a badass with her shades at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

July 2018

Batter up: JoJo donned a classic baseball outfit at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports.

August 2018

She showed off her signature style at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards. 

March 2019

Even Kim Kardashian and North West keep up with the teen idol.

April 2019

JoJo's star-studded Sweet 16 included a special visit from the Kardashian-Jenner family, with North and Penelope Disick fan-girling over the birthday girl. 

September 2019

JoJo belted her heart out while on tour.

November 2019

JoJo spent her Thanksgiving giving back.

February 2020

The Dance Moms alum was all smiles at the Lakers game.

March 2020

It was a party in the U.S.A when JoJo and Miley Cyrus hung out.

March 2020

Who's under that T-Rex? JoJo showed off her singing chops on The Masked Singer

January 2021

JoJo came out on Instagram in 2020, wearing a shirt reading, "Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever." 

June 2021

Later that year, she and then-girlfriend Kylie Prew celebrated Pride together.

September 2021

JoJo performed onstage during a screening for her Paramount+ original movie The J Team.

October 2021

Making history as the first same-sex Dancing With the Stars pair, JoJo competed with partner Jenna Johnson on season 30 of the reality competition series.

April 2022

She said bye, bye, bye bye to her signature ponytail.

July 2023

JoJo got inked during an outing with outing with Raven-Symoné and wife Miranda Pearman-Maday. For her first tattoo, she got the number 1031 behind her right ear in reference to her 2019 to 2022 D.R.E.A.M. The Tour concert series.

March 2024

The singer teased her next project might not be suitable for all ages

"The following content is not made for children," she shared in a series of cryptic Instagram posts, "and may be disturbing or offensive to some viewers."

April 2024

JoJo debuted her more mature look at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards, rocking dark makeup and an edgy costume from her "Karma" music video.

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