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Ciara: “I Pray That My Label Will Release Me”

 

 

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Last week, various blogs reported that Ciara had been dropped from her record label. But now we are learning that Ciara is still signed, but she wishes that her label would drop her. Ciara took to her Facebook page and posted a heartfelt letter to her fans. I the letter Ciara expresses her frustration with her label.  View the letter in its entirety below.

 

To my fans:

This week the net has been a buzz of the rumor that I have been dropped from my label. At this point that rumor is false..It is true that I have asked and I pray that my label will release me. I have had some great times and success with my label, but sometimes like all great things, it’s at that point where I feel we don’t share the same views on who I am as an artist.

The past two albums have been very frustrating for me. At times there were songs I chose to lead a project and I was ignored! This project, I even tried to get “Gimmie Dat” started I spent tens of thousands of my own money only to hear the radio PDs tell me my label didn’t want the song played. I even spent more than one hundred thousand dollars out of my pocket on the video to bring my vision to it and still no label support. I do understand that some labels are not financially supporting their artists and I have become one of them.

You, my fans, know that I strive to do my best to deliver to my you the best songs and creative vision I possibly can. I’m dedicated to my music, performance and to my fans! I’ve tried to be a team player with the label only to have compromised what I truly believed and was not given the right opportunity to promote and inform my fans of the release of this album. I have so much of me as an artist I still want to give to the world and my fans. A release would allow me to go be creative with people who care and understand me as an artist. In a short time, I will be able to bring to you a new music energy and a visual excitement! Thank you so much for standing by me through the good, bad, and the confusion. I love you all.

Love,
Ciara

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Ciara addresses album sales and touring

 

 

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Yesterday, experts predicted that Ciara‘s new album, Basic Instinct, would sell less than 50,000 units on its first week.  Of course, this is nowhere near what Ciara and her label hoped for her, but things could always pick up as time goes along. Ciara sat down with the Associated Press to discuss her album sales, her career moves and why she feels she’s be better off touring.

 

AP: How do you feel when people say that your star as singer has fallen?

Ciara: Even though my last album didn’t do as well as my previous ones, I was still able to go out and make money and tour. Every day is not always the perfect day. Artists that I have loved and admired, who have had a long career, have not had every record or song or video that was always the right choice.

AP: With your previous album not selling well, are you concerned about what type of numbers you put up for “Basic Instinct”?

Ciara: Selling records are becoming smaller fraction of branding and building a long-lasting career. You can sell a lot of records, but can you tour. You can sell records, but where does it go beyond that? That’s a part of building a brand for yourself.

AP: So at this point of your career, going on tour has bigger precedence over album sales?

Ciara: Absolutely. If you can walk away from your career and are successful touring, you’ll always be straight. Artists like Madonna have been doing it for years. She may put out one single, do a tour and gross over $200 million. {Source}

Ciara looks to show doubters she is still relevant – Yahoo! News

Ciara in Wonderland magazine

 

Ciara is featured in the Dec/Jan issue of Wonderland magazine. It only seems fitting since the singer’s new album, Basic Instinct drops December 14, 2010. In this feature, Ciara talks about moving away from her original sound,  going back to the basics, and much more.  Click on the pictures below to read the feature.

 

 

Photography by Cameron Smith
Fashion Editor: Julia Saar-Jamois
Interview: James McMahon
Photo Source-  SMILE

SPOTTED: Ciara shopping for a coat

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Singer Ciara was spotted shopping on October 15, 2010 on Robertson Boulevard. The “Gimmie Dat” singer was shopping for what appeared to be a new coat. More pictures of Miss Ciara below.

Source: Bauer Griffin

Music Video Teaser: Ciara – “Gimme Dat”

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Ciara‘s album may not be released for a few more weeks, but at least her fans can enjoy this teaser in the meantime. The video below is a trailer for Ciara’s upcoming music video “Gimme Dat.” Not sure if it’s the video editing why it looks that way or if the video will actually be in 3D.  Take a look below.

Ciara’s ‘Basic Instinct’ album gets pushed back again as does Keri Hilson’s album

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Well it looks like Ciara can’t catch a break. The “Ride” singer’s upcoming album has once again been pushed back until a  later date.  Amazon.com has the release date for Basic Instinct listed for December 14, 2010. Looks like Ciara’s record label is treating this album like a boomerang.

According to Toya’s World, singer Keri Hilson, who now has a blonde hairdo, eluded to her upcoming album, No Boys Allowed, being released at the beginning of 2011. 

Source: Toya’s World

New Music Video: Ciara – “Speechless”

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Speechless” was written by Ciara, The-Dream, and Tricky Stewart. The song is the second official single from Ciara’s upcoming fourth studio album Basic Instinct.

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