[artist id="1801883"]Ciara[/artist] took to her Facebook page last week to address fans and ask her label, Jive Records, to release her after two lackluster albums. When MTV News caught up with the R&B singer recently, we asked about the headline-making post.
“My letter was a message to my fans, and it came from a real place and I just wanted my fans to know where I was,” she explained.
The 25-year-old singer, who has had chart-topping hits such as “Goodies” and “1,2 Step,” wrote in the post, titled “My Time to Speak”: “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.”
She called her last two efforts with the label — Fantasy Ride and Basic Instinct, which, in its first week on the Billboard albums chart, debuted at #44, moving just 37,000 copies — “frustrating” because she was allegedly all but ignored by label execs.
Ciara then told her Facebook fans that she spent “tens of thousands” of her own money to promote her latest single, “Gimme Dat,” and “more than one hundred thousand dollars” to get the subsequent music video made.
In one final plea, the multiple Grammy nominee wrote, “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.”
Jive Records has yet to comment on the Facebook post.
Despite her concerns about what comes next, Ciara confirmed to MTV News, “I am still going to be doing shows, of course.” Late Tuesday night, the singer posted a video of a recent performance, tweeting, “I live for moments like this! Love my Fans! http://tinyurl.com/476mwef Its a #CiaraMovement baby!!”
Ciara reiterated, as she did in her Facebook post, that she was going to make her fans, shows and “having fun” her top priorities, while allowing everything else regarding her future in music to “fall in place the way it’s supposed to.”
Do you think it was a good move for Ciara to address her label woes with Jive on Facebook? Let us know in the comments!