“Daze In Confused” interviewed CiCi when she was in London in January this year. She talked about new album “One Woman Army”, working with Future, “Basic Instinct” and more. Interesting read!
Dazed: During the campaign for your Album Basic Instinct in 2011, You wrote an open letter to your fans asking LAFACE to release you from your contract, saying "I spent more then $100,000 out of my pocket on the Gimme Dat Video to bring my vision to it and still no label support"
Ciara: "It was over $200,000 I spent on promotion on myself. I love what I do but….it’s hard when you don’t see eye to eye with the team that you’re working with and our creative chemistry wasn’t fluid. Truthfully, the album shouldn’t have come out when it did because it wasn’t put in a position to succeed. The amount shipped to stores was very little, my fans pre-ordered albums and never got them. It was crazy. I was able to learn a lot through that experience, especially as a businesswoman. I believe in me-that’s where it starts, that’s where it stops.”
Full Interview here
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Future confirmed on Twitter that music video for “Body Party” is coming and Ciara replied:
PHOTO: CIARA AND DIRECTOR X WORKING ON “BODY PARTY” MUSIC VIDEO
Ciara posted new photo on Intragram of her and Director X working on “Body Party” music video. Look like it’s in editing process! X directed music videos like “Started from the Bottom” & “HYFR” (Drake), “Boyfriend” (Justin Bieber) or “Your Love” (Nicki Minaj).
CIARA AND HER ONE WOMAN ARMY(OFIVE INTERVIEW)
A few weeks ago, Ciara presented to the press some tracks of her fifth album expected for June 4th. Entitled “One Woman Army”, the album is the occasion to approach the topic of women empowerment and to come back on the career of the female artist.
You are about to release an album, (June 4th). What can you tell us about it ?
My album is named “One Woman Army” and I’m very very excited about it. I worked really hard on this album. And I can’t wait to share it with everybody. The title “One Woman Army” was the best way to explain my point of view, the best way to summarize the record. It represents my strength, it represents my struggles, it represents my need to be strong, it represents, what I want, what I feel with love, and where I am with love, and what I feel and want. It just represents everything, you know, so it was the best to tell the album I feel, and was also inspired by one of my track called “One Women Army”
Your album is all about empowerment. How do you embodies that ?
I think it’s just being fearless, being confident on what you do, no matter what anyone says, no matter who says, whatever. You have to stand firm in what you believe. And if you do that you are most likely to show up the way that you hope for it too. But it really starts with yourself. And I think it’s also a matter of when you are really into the effort, it is just as great as your input. that’s important. That is also part of empowerment. Ask yourself have you done the necessary to get to what you’re trying to go, to most likely achieve your goal. So yeah.
You are rapping on one of “One Woman Army”‘s track. How did it happened ?
It just felt good. You know, I go with feeling. And there was an open spot on the record, we were tired, but I was sitting there and just kept writing, couldn’t stop writing, and then it just start coming out; like the word just start coming out -, just like this.
Is it something that you ever done before ?
Yeah, I already been rapping before.
And now you feel ready to do this in a song ?
Abslotutely. I feel very confident in my “rapping technique” (laugh)
What about a contribution of Missy Elliot on your album ?
You know I’ve been able to play the song of my album, and I listen to some of her music as well, and we always talk, like we always share what we’re doing. I think it still possible that we are going to the studio. I think I actually have to do that. Yeah, I love her.
What do you know about her upcoming project ?
I just know she really really want to make it just right. And she’s just such a genius you know and such a perfectionists that she gonna take her time with it.
Do you ever miss Crunk ?
No. I’m very proud of knowing that when I did the song Goodies I was part of a, being a leader in that new sound for that particular song. And you know music evolves. It’s important to me that in crunk, the actual area was a very spacial one. And music goes in sort of circle, new things come along and I juts want to make sure that I’m always aware of what’s new and like creating new things. I wanna do that too.
What is you best memories about that time ?
In the beginning of my career? It was a very special time for me because I was also very blessed that my first song was number 1 for eight weeks and you know, more and more songs are number one, and then top ten records. It’s definitely a very memorable moment. I’m never ever gonna forget the cool moment that happened in that period. Even winning a Grammy was very special.
I learned along the way to that helps me for today.
What kind ?
Trusting my instinct more. You know sometimes you get impatient and you get anxious and you can make a wrong move out of a being impatient. I really understand know the importance of patience. Also I feel like I appreciate the moment even more when they happened. I used to always work so hard and never look up and breath in and see the quick moment happening. And I feel like when you go through your experience, hitting bumps in the road, something that is not working as well as you want to you start to really see things more clear.
What do you think about the place fashion is taking in the industry ?
I think fashion has always been necessary. It’s a way of expressing yourself and I think it runs parallel with your music. I really believe that they both go hand and hand.
How did your personal take on fashion evolved ?
I think it evolved tremendously. When I first start I had know clue of who a lot of designer was, but I always liked good clothes. But I never knew what the heck I was wearing. And nowadays my appreciation of fashion is just so solid. I come form a very sensitive place with it and really appreciate and respect the details that designers put into their work. And you know I really enjoy fashion, in a way I never did before. And I hope to one day successfully do my own line as well.
CIARA ON THE COVER OF ANNEX MAGAZINE Ciara’s cover of Annex Magazine March/April/May issue!
CR Fashion Book Party: Ciara & Riccardo Tisci’s–Eye-View, How Relationship began
"Dance" is the theme for Carine Roitfeld's second CR Fashion Book, and at the party to celebrate its launch, hip-hop artist Ciara does Carine proud. She arrives at Casa Lever with her friend Riccardo Tisci — "Pappa Ricky," as she calls Givenchy's creative director — and the two barely pause for a storm of flashbulbs before they beeline to the dance floor. Ciara sheds her shaggy fur to reveal a white, oversize Givenchy tee with a baroque printed panel in the front. It's one part street, one part Parisian, and the sum is far greater when Ciara starts shimmying and the shirt barely covers her leather-panted butt. Beyoncé's documentary has just premiered a few blocks away, and one might be forgiven for mistaking Ciara for a more tousled, touchable Queen Bey.
Riccardo met his muse several years ago in Brazil, when she was his guest performer for a charity event, and the two became fast friends. "But also," says Ciara, "I am very blessed that I get to dig in his closet and pull out things I like, and he sends me amazing things for events like the Grammys." For instance, the black Givenchy tee she pulls on in her recent Mad Max–ish "Got Me Good" video takes her outfit to another level. (Proceed with caution: The chorus will stay stuck in your head, as CR staffers proved by singing it back to Ciara.)
Before Ciara's arrival, the party is spread into several pockets. At the crowded bar, Joseph Altuzarra talks to IMG's Ivan Bart about Sunday night's Girls. The Courtin-Clarins crew gathers near the door, discussing whether they'll be dining at Bobo or Babbo. Sophie Theallet and Constance Jablonski make their way inside, and couples cuddle in the banquettes along the wall. Then, Ciara kisses Carine Roitfeld hello and a crowd including Stephen Gan, Jessica Hart, Giancarlo Giametti, Irina Shayk, and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld moves toward the dance floor.
The Rolling Stones give way to live congas, and a sultry rendition of the Cuban song "Chan Chan." Armani's Fabio Mancone twirls Carine. The dancer Lil Buck, who silenced the crowd with a ballet-meets-breakdance (see: jookin) just hours earlier at Vladimir's party, takes a turn with Ciara. Beginning in his wrist, a wave ripples through his body, and his feet flicker and float across the floor. For a moment, Lil Buck and Ciara mirror one another. Dirk Standen, of Style.com, looks impressed.
Marina Abramovic, another good friend of Riccardo's, appears, and the long braid down her back shakes as she dances and laughs. Carlos Souza shows Ciara how to move her fingers flamenco-style, and soon she is dancing like a Sevillana. Three hired young men in tuxedos, who have been carrying around thick copies of CR Fashion Book for the crowd, stand watching the dance floor, and now one of them them can’t help drumming his hand on the cover along with "Guatanamera." Ciara snags a cocktail napkin from Derek Blasberg — who has appeared with Lily Donaldson and a plum-lipped Karlie Kloss — and blots her face. Riccardo peels off his jacket and sweatshirt. Carine and Ciara pose with their lips kissing either of his cheeks. Derek delays with the photo, and Carine opens a heavily lined lid and peers over. Flash.
After the band finishes, the stereo plays more Stones, Nirvana, and Fleetwood Mac. Soon, Ciara's fur is back on, and she and Riccardo walk out arm-in-arm, through a corridor of tuxedoed attendants. Their car took Marina Abramovic home, and should be back for them any minute. The plan is to get a midnight snack and head to the Top of the Standard. They have just one night to eat, laugh, dance, and take pictures until next time, when Ciara travels to Paris for Givenchy's fall 2013 show in March. For now, they huddle on the sidewalk, flipping through the new CR together, waiting for their driver.
"It was good music, ah?" says Riccardo.
"It makes me want to go take salsa classes," Ciara replies. "I know a few steps."
CIARA ATTENDS THE LAUNCH OF CARINE ROITFELD CR FASHION BOOK ISSUE 2
Ciara attends the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 3, 2013 in Paris, France.
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