Ciara: 'I Pray That My Label Will Release Me'
6:53 PM PST 2/21/2011 by Annie Yuan
The R&B singer says Jive did not support her on her last two albums.
Singer Ciara has made a plea to her record label to drop her.In a Facebook post addressed to her fans, she shoots down rumors that Jive has already released her from her contract but says she isn't opposed to the idea. "This week the net has been a buzz of the rumor that I have been dropped from my label," she writes. "At this point that rumor is false." She goes on to say, "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 says working on her last two albums, "Fantasy Ride" and "Basic Instinct," was "frustrating" because label executives ignored her input and forced her to compromise her creative vision. She lists her struggle to promote "Gimmie Dat" as an example, saying the label failed to support her financially and even went so far as to tell radios not to play the song after she spent "tens of thousands" out of her own pocket to get it on the air. "I have so much of me as an artist I still want to give to the world and my fans," she writes. "A release would allow me to go be creative with people who care and understand me as an artist." Jive has not issued a statement in response to Ciara's claims.
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