Keyshia Cole Admits The First Single Ft. Nicki Minaj Wasn’t The Best Look But She Wanted To Make A Statement… “I Ain’t Thru”!

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Keyshia Cole fell back from the scene to live her life; she found love, had a baby and today, her new album “Calling All Hearts” dropped. With the label not supporting her first single, “I Ain’t Thru” ft. Nicki Minaj, Keyshia Cole felt the need to make a statement even knowing that her fans probably wouldn’t be on board but… Now that the project is finally here, Keyshia admits that she should have went with her labels choice.

“The label didn’t really want to drop the record because they knew … that people wanted a more intense, soulful record from me about love and I really should have followed (their) direction,” she said. “But I wanted that to be a statement record. It’s like saying, ‘I’m doing me, you know. I don’t have no regrets for nothing that I’m doing.'”

“There’s no way to predict how people will respond to things,” said Ron Fair, chairman of Geffen Records. “It’s something that Keyshia really wanted to say.”

Cole is following up the song with “Long Way Down,” which she says “people are gravitating more toward” because of its mid-tempo groove and focus on love; the song was released to radio last week.

Fair, who executive produced all of Cole’s albums, says though the pre-album buzz isn’t as strong as it has been in the past, he’s not worried about the new album’s first-week sales.

“The record business is so perilous right now that it’s always, for me, a case of the tortoise not the hare,” Fair said. “What will be the ultimate judgment is where this record is in a year.”

Keyshia Cole’s first two albums created a buzz and her fans running to the stores on release day. With this album, Keyshia has grown personally, musically and know she’s ready to show everyone how this grown woman is living.

Cole says after that success she wasn’t interested in singing similar songs.

“I just think that people expect me to be, you know, an artist that sings about just love. But I’m always growing as an artist and I have to feed my artistry,” she said.

With 2008’s “A Different Me,” Cole switched up her style: The disc featured up-tempo songs that highlighted the singer’s sex appeal. While three of the CD’s songs cracked the Top 10 on the R&B charts, they didn’t make a splash like those on her previous efforts. Cole’s first two albums have sold 1.6 and 1.7 million units, respectively, while “A Different Me” only moved 1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. So on “Calling All Hearts,” Cole says she’s returning to her signature style, while adding a “grown woman” twist at the same time.

Part of Cole’s growth is due to the changes in personal life: She disconnected with her family — famously seen on the BET reality show “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” — and she started her own. Cole had a son in March and is engaged to Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Daniel Gibson, who is seen in Cole’s music video for “Long Way Down.”

“She’s very much a different person having met this wonderful man in her life … having a baby and you know, having a stable home life in Cleveland,” Fair said.

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Comments

  • mimi

    Ilovekeyshia <3

  • q

    keyshia is dumb do she really think nicki would help her

  • KaysNavyNow

    keyshias grown and thats a good thing. im happy for her no matter what. forget nicki minaj. she will eventually fall off. and her album pink friday may have been a hit. but it wasnt a hip hop hit. it was a pop hit. mainstream for ya. shouldve stayed true to herself. i loved her mixtapes..

  • Tha Notorious D.I.C

    I love Keyshia! When she gets tired of Boobie she can come Holla at me! I met her at a Walmart in Cleveland she was signing boxes of perm she was featured on! LOL True Story! I don’t know what was more shocking her signing boxes of perm or her being at the Walmart!

  • JaZzIe91

    I don’t like the song she has with Nicki Minaj. I like Long Way Down

  • Lexy

    I like keyshia and all but she’s not really a good entertainer

  • nana

    Based on the Awful 106&park performance she gave, AM not buyin this Album. She should b glad Tank was there 2 save her…screamin like u got rats dancin on ur cl!t..smh

  • John D. Hater

    THE ONLY REASON SHE’S STILL POPULAR IN ANYWAY IS BECAUSE OF HER SHAMELESS A$$ MOTHER AND SISTER.

    HE MUSIC SOUNDS THE SAME…GARBAGE!!!

  • MissPerfect.a.k.a allergic to coonery

    I rock with keyshia but i didnt listen to the first song because of WackManji was on it ..keyshia dont let that clown ruin your career you dont need anyone to get your music played you are well known by yourself!

    • TruthBeTold

      keyshia Cole should’ve got Lil Kim again…”Let It Go” was a big hit

  • WhoUFeelin

    To be at #1 and not have listened to the label, Keisha aint doing so bad using her own judgement. I liked the fact she wanted to collaborate with Nicki while the other female emcees wanted to dis. I like that Keisha isnt singing about broken hearts and dirty dogs, good for her. I hope she sells tons of records.

  • !!!!!

    I LIKE KEYSHIA BUT I DONT THINK THIS ALBUM GONNA DO AS GOOD AS THE LAST 3.

  • TruthBeTold

    Keyshia Cole and Nicki are garbage.We need another Mary J.Blige and Lil Kim collaboration

  • GAME

    LOVE LIL K.I.M BIGGEST FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALREADY!!!!

  • GAME

    @ TruthBeTold “I KNOW THA’S WRITE!!!!!!”

  • !!!!!

    SHE DOING 120K 1ST WEEK BETTER THEN WHAT I EXPECTED HER TO DO.

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