Hi Hater: Ciara Says “Hell Yeah I’m Going Hollyweird…I Wanna Make That Hollyweird Scrilla”

- By Bossip Staff

Poor thang:

Ciara says she received the “most negative energy” as a result of her lackluster sales, with bloggers and other critics declaring her music career over. Now the 25-year-old singer, who released her fourth album, “Basic Instinct,” this month, says she’s learned not to be concerned about selling millions of records anymore. In a recent phone interview, she talked about how she’s still making waves in the entertainment realm.

The Associated Press: On the opening track of “Basic Instinct (U Got Me),” you lashed out at bloggers and critics. How important was it for you to get those things off your chest?

Ciara: I wanted to speak to all the haters. I just wanted to scream out and show how I felt. People are so easy to write you off. I live for energy like that. The harder they hate, the harder I go. I do believe I will be here for a while. I’m claiming it and no one … make me think differently.

AP: How do you feel when people say that your star as singer has fallen?

Ciara: Even though my last album didn’t do as well as my previous ones, I was still able to go out and make money and tour. Every day is not always the perfect day. Artists that I have loved and admired, who have had a long career, have not had every record or song or video that was always the right choice.

AP: With your previous album not selling well, are you concerned about what type of numbers you put up for “Basic Instinct”?

Ciara: Selling records are becoming smaller fraction of branding and building a long-lasting career. You can sell a lot of records, but can you tour. You can sell records, but where does it go beyond that? That’s a part of building a brand for yourself.

AP: So at this point of your career, going on tour has bigger precedence over album sales?

Ciara: Absolutely. If you can walk away from your career and are successful touring, you’ll always be straight. Artists like Madonna have been doing it for years. She may put out one single, do a tour and gross over $200 million.

AP: You are in the blogs almost every other day. Was there anything you read that rubbed you the wrong way?

Ciara: It used to be funny to me when people would say, “Oh, Ciara is going Hollywood.” And you know what, I have gone Hollywood. I do want to make Hollywood money. But it doesn’t mean that I’ve changed who I am as a person. I haven’t changed because of the people who I hang out with now. I’m still the same person as I was before.

Damn, CiCi…you definiely need more people, babygirl.

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  • REAL REAL TALK

    SHE BETTER DO SOMETHING CAUSE THE RECORD COMPANY FILLING A CHAPTER 11 AFTER HER NEW ALBUM BROUGHT THE BUILDING DOWN???

    REAL REAL TALK

    • Whatev

      Madonna can put out 1 single and tour because she has a catalog of many hits people still love to hear. Why are she and Keri Hilson mentioning artists like Madonna in the same breath as themselves? I hear her on BRANding, but Ciara needs to BRANch out, because touring won’t bring her Hollywood money. Maybe open a restaurant? Better yet, a dance studio! That is her unique talent.

  • kg

    first

    • Yeah . . . I Said It!

      Not really. . . Try again. ☺

  • JaZzIe91

    Please they need to leave CiCi alone. Everybody should already know that in today’s world artist do not make that much money off of album sales. With all the illegal downloading going on, of course artists are not gonna sale millions of records like they did in the 90s and before that. Artists make money off touring, sponsoring, promoting, etc.

    • Nanna

      Bullsh*t! Didn’t Taylor Swift just do 1mil last month on first week sales? Both Rihanna & Nicki did over 200k on their first week? Face it! People are not into Ciara like they use to.

    • Whatev

      T Swift, Rihanna, Nicki are 3 of just a small few puppets per year that make sales like that. That’s not realistic.

  • delussional fool

    How is going Hollywood going the help her?? All she does is go fake shopping and getting her man hands manicured. Oh i forgot getting that horrid weaved tighten. Hollywood does not accept flops

  • delussional fool

    well she better hurry up, 30 is just around the corner. 8 years and you aren’t on top now? smh got to give it to her though she aint give up

  • cocoa49

    I would love to see Ciara play a super hero female role.

  • http://www.bossip.com Darina

    Excuse the typo. I used to like her in high school. But what the hell?

  • Talisa J

    Ciara gets money just for showing up at red carpet events. She gets money from her endorsement and royalties from whenever her songs get played on the radio. She has STACKS for days. Don’t be mad at her just because you’re struggling to keep the water on, sis.

  • daisy jay

    LMAO +10

  • ThatBKChick

    O.K….Keep sipping that Kardashian Koolaid!

  • Ck1

    Feeding off of negative energy is not going to get the job done{that’s so old news} especially since we are now going to be entering into a new energy shift. Soooo lets forget about the haters and move on! Much Love & Light

    Go CiCi!!!!

  • mosiane

    Its funny that she thinks she’s going to last and make money without selling music. She better save up and pay the IRS now before she ends up like Wesley Snipes!

  • http://bossip trill

    I like Ciara, and I don’t think she is being given a fair chance! On another note Ciara went HollyWood but her sales didn’t ( sad face)

  • http://bossip trill

    has been given a fair chance

  • Bunny(formerly Angel/UrHeiness)

    I like Ciara as an entertainer/performer & her music isn’t bad @ all..Yes,her older material was alot better but overall,she’s a good artist.

    I do think she should try to reinvent herself a bit,get new management/p.r team because those changes can do wonders for some.

  • AvA

    Sorry Cici nobodies hating but the hood can’t be your only audience they only burn your cd. And you’re no Madonna she actually has talent & fans. I can’t remember 1 of your songs & I remember 10 of hers. Go to acting you are not relevant in music its not that were hating we just think youre wack.

  • jojo

    maybe she can be Rihanna’s back-up dancer or choreographer?…maybe?

  • 100milesperhour

    The fact that she even addressed the “haters” is pathetic. It shows she’s really not THAT busy. Beyonce has a million more haters than Ciara, and you you’ll NEVER see her address the blogs dedicated to hating on her. And bringing up Madonna? Boy is she delusional.

    • real Ness

      you wont see that because Beyonce don’t know how to use the internet.

  • rene

    I don’t see how people could say her music is over. She ,her music is great for dancing ,relaxing and what ever ya want to do. The ones who don’t like it ,Can’t, don’t dance. So go listen to Opera.

  • Entoon

    yeah janet jackson is still going and she could never sing a lick! but she does have the famous jackson name to back her! CiCi is a dancer and entertainer! she killed this album by letting the dream’s fat azz work on it! get back with jazzy pha fat azz, hook back up with missy and let dre and timbaland hook u some tracks! hell even palow could squeeze one out for you! but until then ignore ppl who hate u and don’t address them cuz ur too old to stoop to that level of pettiness!

  • !!!!!

    WELL HER MUSIC CAREER IS OVER,BUT SHE CAN STILL TOUR FOREVER LIKE ALL THE OTHER HASBEEN DO LOL.
    AND IDC IF SHES HOLLYWOOD AND BFF WITH KIM.K SHE MIGHT AS WELL DO THAT SINCE HER MUSIC CAREER NOT POPPIN NO MORE.

  • WellTheyDo!

    I AM SO SICK OF ARTISTS USING TERMS LIKE “BRANDING” IN INTERVIEWS! THEY TALK ABOUT MUSIC LIKE THEY’RE SELLING ANY OTHER PRODUCT LIKE DISHWASHING LIQUID OR PAMPERS! YOU CANNOT BRAND MUSIC! YOU CAN MAKE GOOD MUSIC AND THATS IT! THEN ONCE YOU MAKE GOOD MUSIC, THEN YOU CAN TALK TO SOME SUITS IN SOME SUITES ABOUT BRANDING YOURSELF INTO SOME CLOTHES OR PERFUME, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU HAVE TO JUST WORRY ABOUT MUSIC AND DANCING AND LET EVERYTHING ELSE COME YOUR WAY. ………….CIARA GO FIND A GOOD WRITER AT ONE OF YOUR COMPANY’S PUBLISHING ARMS AND THEN GO FIND SOME GRIMY BEATMAKERS (LIKE DAVID BANNER) AND MAKE SOME GOOD MUSIC….THEN YOU CAN THINK ABOUT BRANDY HONEY.

  • Janae

    I agree. Ciara IS a really great dancer. I think she’s a talented lady. I really enjoyed her evolution cd (particularly the songs with the dance beats). I think she should focus on the dance/techno/pop/etc crowd, because there are LOTS of young people who love that (not just blacks). And, I hate to say it, but as much as I LOVE R&B (old school), the new stuff “wears off” pretty quickly for me, unless you’re talking about some GOOD Jill Scott, Badu, KEM, etc. (I haven’t heard of too many people listening to them other than blacks.) But, the primary time I listen to music these days is when I’m in my car (I have long commutes). During that time, I want to listen to something upbeat that will pump me up with energy, not put me to sleep. Unfortunately, while I liked Ciara’s song “Ride” when it first came out, it soon started putting me to sleep as well. When I first heard it, I was like, “Why is this song SO SLOW?” When I look at Ciara, I think “high energy” and “fun”, but that song doesn’t give that vibe. It seems like it was just meant to spark men’s imaginations. I also noticed that white radio stations tend to play black songs at faster tempos than the black radio stations do. I think Ciara should focus on the non-black dance market. If white kids love dancing to her in the clubs (i.e. if she’s “high energy”), they’ll keep her in business.

  • ramon

    I bought the album the other day because the single “Ride” is hot….but the album is terrible, not one other good song on it…i got burned, should have listened to the samples on itunes….

  • b

    Too bad. It is hard selling music today. Hell it was hard 30 years ago.

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