The love is gone and the princess of crunk ‘n’ b wants out.
There’s been murmurings for weeks that American R&B artist Ciara is going through label dramas and some folks have even gone as far as suggesting the bitch has been dropped by Jive Records.
Here to set the record straight and air out the smoke behind these rumours, CiCi pens a letter to her fans explaining her creative asphyxiation and lack of label backing behind her last two albums:
“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, its at that point where I feel we don’t share the same views on who I am as a 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 a 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 a 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.
In a short time? Gurl, good luck sorting out your back of house business side of things. God knows if the killer ‘Turn It Up’ (featuring Usher) will ever get released now.
Ciara‘s current Basic Instinct album flopped hard when it came out two months ago. It debuted at #44 on the US Billboard became her lowest first-week sales, selling only 37,000 copies to debut at #44.
None of the singles have made adequate impact, which is a shame because ‘Gimmie Dat’ was just what Ciara fans have been waiting for.
Jive Records appears to have pulled her third single ‘Turn It Up’, which was supposed to impact US radios on 8 March. Jesus wept.