Two years followed before the song was finally recorded,  during which the songwriters had considered giving it to girl group The Pussycat Dolls. I think the lyrics flow out in a way that has an honesty to it.
I've almost never really sat down and said, 'I'm going to try to write one that would be good for somebody younger. But I particularly enjoy hearing my songs on the radio, and these days pop radio is playing much more urban Music and lyrics[ edit ] An audio sample of the song. A power ballad ,  its composition includes "airy synthesizers and synthetic-sounding strings ". I'm letting you go, I'm loving myself. You got a problem but don't come asking me for help";  People's Julia Emmanuele compared this line to an Instagram caption.
And herein lies a basic principle of the pop song: She did not have to write the song, nor live its lyrics at the time of recording, for it to cut across as real. In a more lukewarm review, Evan Sawdey from PopMatters described the track as "appropriately melodramatic," drawing similarities between it and JoJo's debut single " Leave Get Out " only "without the angry chorus". Ranking the song ninth, they wrote, "Jojo didn't stick around for too many hits, but you're kidding yourself if you try to deny that 'Too Little, Too Late' isn't an epic song.
The following week, it jumped to the Billboard Hot at number By its second week on the chart,  "Too Little Too Late" moved from number 66 to number three due to an , increase in digital downloads,  becoming the largest jump into the top-three spot in Billboard history, breaking the record previously by American singer Mariah Carey for her song " Loverboy " ,   as well as the biggest one-week jump in the chart's history.
The song remains her highest-charting single on the chart,  as well as her last single to perform well on the charts; her next Hot entry occurred in with the release of " Disaster ", which peaked at number This is because from , the United Kingdom changed charting rules and downloaded singles can enter the UK Singles Chart at any time.
When the song was released to physical CD, it peaked at number four, becoming JoJo's second top five and third top 10 single in the United Kingdom. On June 11, pictures from the set of the first scenes from the video leaked onto Wireimage. The music video or "Too Little Too Late" was directed by Chris Robinson , who JoJo claims had always been her first choice to direct the project; the idea to incorporate sports into the video originated from Robinson.
Her relationship with Adu, combined with the fact that the Fifa World Cup was approaching, are believed to have inspired the music video's theme,  The video was filmed in spring during the playoffs.
The couple talk and David finally invites JoJo to go to an important soccer game for his team this Saturday. As the song begins, it shows JoJo spending much of her time staring outside through her bedroom window, pondering the situation as rain falls. She walks around the room looking at photos, reminiscing about the time they spent together and how generally ungrateful he was. These shots are intercut with David playing at the important soccer game.
At one point, David declines a phone call from JoJo before proceeding to flirt with other girls at a party. During the video, JoJo is seen throwing out a giant teddy bear, getting rid of pictures of her and her ex-beau and even singing in the pouring rain. It is raining, proving that this is the same moment as the game and she has chosen not to attend. David's team is down one goal with 2: He then learns that JoJo had decided not to attend the game to which she had been invited in the first place.
The video ends with the camera zooming out and panning away from JoJo's window as the rain subsides. Jazz and American Pop" by Gary Giddins , which she is reading on top of the car at the game. The song was added to Radio 1's playlist, under the C-list on November 29, , and was upgraded to the B-list at a later date.
The video premiered on the teen network The N on November 24, , at 7: I guess I'm just going to have to live with it the rest of my life. Despite sounding " nursery-rhyme catchy, [it was] written for a sophisticated singer, which JoJo proved to be even as a teenager", which Thompson believes her contemporaries would struggle to replicate. The song as played in the game is much shorter, speeds up during the choruses, and has, to date, only appeared in this game.