CULVER CITY, California — Ciara loves representing for the ladies out there, and starting on Saturday, the young songstress is joining forces with one of pop's reigning female icons: Ms. Gwen Stefani.
The 20-year-old R&B singer's string of dates with Gwen and her Harajuku gang kicks off Saturday in Las Vegas and wraps December 21 in Sunrise, Florida.
And there's no holiday break for C: On the following night in Chicago, she'll join her sweetie Bow Wow (see "Got Questions About Bow Wow And Ciara? Watch Their Video") along with Omarion, Marques Houston and newcomer Chris Brown on the encore leg of the Scream IV Tour, aptly titled We Ain't Done Yet (see "Bow Wow Kicks It Into Overdrive With 'Fast And Furious,' Scream IV Encores"). That jaunt will wrap on New Year's Day in Atlanta.
The jam-packed schedule is nothing new for the Atlanta-born "Goodies" girl: She's been on the road for most of the year and is reaping the rewards. Ciara has taken home a big box of trophies, including two Soul Train awards (Best R&B Soul/Rap New Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year), two Teen Choice awards (Choice R&B Hip-Hop Track and Choice Make-Out Song), and two MTV Video Music awards (for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Dance Video) for "Lose Control" with Missy Elliott.
"I just got my two Moonmen sent to my house recently, so that was very cool," she gushed recently, backstage at the Vibe Awards, where she had five nominations (see "Ciara, 50 Cent, Mariah Lead Vibe Award Nominees"). While Mariah beat out Ciara for Artist of the Year (see "Mariah Wins Big, Mary J. Gets Emotional At Peaceful Vibe Awards"), she did take home a trophy for Coolest Collabo (for "Oh" with Ludacris) and staged a blazing performance of her latest single "Hotline."
With so many honors being thrown her way, is the First Lady of Crunk & B feeling the pressure to replicate that success with the follow-up to her 2004 double-platinum debut, Goodies? No way, she said.
"I've talked to a lot of people that have been in the game for [years] and they talk about the sophomore jinx all the time, and I can say that I'm not gonna worry [about it]," Ciara said. "I'm just gonna relax and hopefully do the same thing I did the first time, which was just enjoy myself and do what's in my soul."
C has already been mapping out the direction she'd like to go on her next effort, which will include weightier lyrical fare reflecting her experiences as a maturing young woman.
"There are so many things I want to talk about — things that I've been through, things that I've seen, and things that I think need to be talked about, especially for my women [out there]," the singer said. "I feel like I'm here to represent them, so that's what I want to do."
Ciara tour dates with Gwen Stefani, according to Ciara's publicist:
- 12/3 - Las Vegas, NV @ Aladdin Hotel & Casino
- 12/4 - San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
- 12/8 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center at CSU
- 12/9 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
- 12/11 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
- 12/12 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
- 12/14 - Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino
- 12/15 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 12/17 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
- 12/18 - Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
- 12/20 - Orlando, FL @ TD Waterhouse Centre
- 12/21 - Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center