Ciara ‘At Her Best’ on New Album

Ciara

After revealing that Ciara had quietly been in the studio with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream recording her fourth album, Rap-Up.com caught up with the super-producer to see what had transpired since he last spoke to us. Although the follow-up to this year’s Fantasy Ride won’t be released until next year, fans of Ciara’s debut album and slow jams like “Promise” will be happy to hear that she’s headed in a direction reminiscent of her earlier work. And if Tricky has his way, we may get to hear new music before the year is up.

You had recorded around 14 songs last time we spoke. Have you finished the album yet?
No. That record is not done though we want to be done soon. She’s been an absolute pleasure to work with on this album, so it’s been great.

How would you describe the sound this time around?
It’s just her returning back to her strongest form. It’s gonna be Ciara at her best. It’s gonna be indicative of how much people love that first album [Goodies] and how people love “Promise” and other records when she’s had those really serious connections.

You mentioned that The-Dream was the only artist featured on a song called “Speechless.” Did you add any more guests since?
We’re about to start getting into that. But no, there’s no other features that have been done yet.

Is the content deeper than the last record?
I would say she’s evolved. It’s evolving and it feels good.

Is the album coming this year?
No, it will be next year.

Will you have a first single out before the end of the year?
I’m pushing for it. I would love to have a single out.



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65 Comments

  1. Carl

    CIARA U BETTER COME HARD! I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

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  2. javonscott

    Get Em’ Cici!

    twitter.com/javonscott

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  3. tdkk

    I’m so happy and excited because Ciara was truly different from everyone else during goodies & evolution if they could come up with something similar to but not to similar to goodies & evolution uptempo songs and slow jams from both like Promise, So Hard, My Love, Thug Style, And I….this album will be the hottest one of the last decade…seriously the entire album would be hot from start to finish plus her improved vocals will help out alot as well!

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  4. Tano

    Go head C …
    This seems like it’s
    gonna be good ….Great even …. :)
    can’t wait !!!!

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  5. harris

    Love Cc… cant wait…

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  6. AAA

    Honestly I feel ciara is not where she should be , she puts a lot of work into her music and I think not enough people give her credit for what she dose. cuz all her songs are poppington and she can dance her ass off so ….. I hope she get hers when that albulm drop

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  7. hellyehss

    love cici!!!!!!!
    cant wait for the album
    knock it out of the park!!!
    claim yo throne babe!!!!

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  8. Youñg_$oulBlade

    Yasssss Ci!!!
    I just can’t wait but I know it’s gonna be worth it!!! :D

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  9. iiLuvCiara

    Yesssssss get em ci bish u beta work I can’t wait

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  10. Cisus Stan

    I can’t wait, this is going to be the best album of her career, it should be called ‘Ciara’ because that is what we are getting.

    *BLASTS GOODIES AND PROMISE*

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  11. test123

    oh man not them again. they ruined Mariah’s album. thats the last crap they put out

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  12. :D

    WOW!

    im glad they’re focusing on the sound
    of those two songs. thats ciara at her best!
    i have a lot of faith in this next project.

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  13. Kamylle

    GO CICI GO CICI ‘

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  14. me again

    BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THIS IS THE HYPE THEY PUT BEHIND FANRASY RIDE.. AND THAT WAS CRAP SO I DON’T BELIEVE IT… I BELIEVE IT WHEN I HEAR IT

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    alicias a homewrecker Reply:

    @me again,

    lol,,..so damn true.

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    100% Nikehead Reply:

    @alicias a homewrecker, yea i agree i will believe it once i hear it. It is one thing when u talk about something being great but its another when u actually hear the finished product, so we shall see!

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    10 is ciaras Reply:

    @100% Nikehead, Fantasy Ride was originally supposed to be like this album, but with all the leaks Ciara decided to go in a different direction. And I believe we all know Fantasy Ride would have been successful if everything went right

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  15. MYmyMY

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH! can’t w8…sounds like its gonna be gr8

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  16. вeяячℓiσuѕ вeα

    i hope she can do good this time around

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  17. Me and Me

    Oh my lord, I can’t wait!!
    Always been a fan since Goodies, and still one today.
    Get em CiCi!!!!

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  18. lala

    IM SOO EXCITED FOR THIS NEW ALBUM!

    SHE’S LISTENED TO WHAT PPL WANT TO HEAR AND SHE REALIZES THAT SHE WAS AT HER PEAK WHEN SHE WASN’T “TRYING” TO CROSSOVER, WHEN IT HAPPENED NATURALLY.

    I CAN’T WAIT.

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  19. Luis

    im so excited for ciaras new album

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  20. Nick

    I dont know about this….

    Until she stops doing the same moves on stage, gets a new choreographer and stops yelling in the mic and not singing, she will be piegeon holed.

    It’s getting really old.

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  21. GunRueCrisTian

    That’s wats uP!!!!

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  22. G...

    I hope the production is on point because the artist is. Only time will tell.

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  23. An0thrDream

    Im getting extremely excited. You can see the Fire back in ciara from the Oi Fashion Rocks performances. I could care less for any features (but i LOVE the Dream!) At this point in ciara’s career she’s strong enough to hold her own.

    I love Tricky’s enthusiasm* but I trust Ciara will release the perfect single at the perfect time. No rushing anything :)

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  24. OH!

    I LOVE THE WHOLE GOODIES ALBUM! I LOVE PROMISE!!! THIS ALBUM IS GONNA BE HOT!!!!!!

    GO AHEAD AND SLAY THEM HATERS CICI!

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  25. Jan

    Fantasy Ride was not her best, agree. Now she deserves some recognition for not giving up and working her ass off to put a new record this fast.
    And I love Ci, and I think she has a very loyal base behind her. That’s always a good thing in bad or nice times.

    Go CiCi!

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  26. Keny R.

    Ciara is one of the only artist that consistently serves hott material and doesn’t get the credit she deserves for it, smh. Every Ciara post there’s some hater talking BS and its sad. This Young lady is an innovator, she’s so creative, she has taken her voice for a low register into a beautiful soft, yet daunting tone. She can dance her ass off and has worked hard to evolutionize and build a name for herself. People keep saying Ciara’s done but yet everytime there’s a post about her ther several comments. Ciara will have the longevity she’s striving for and I believe that this next album will bring her back to her roots.

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    Dz Reply:

    @Keny R., i agree! =D

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    10 is ciaras Reply:

    @Dz, yep you said it best.
    Especially about the part with her voice. This industry would be boring if everyones voice sounded the same. Ci Ci, your voice is great.

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  27. Justin-Dontez

    Ciara’s last album flopped unfortunately… Maybe everyone got fed up with the new attitude she’s been struttin’ around town (i liked her songs of Fantasy Factory but they got kinda old quick). I like C and i always will. I hope this new album does great in sales and great on the chart

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  28. SXSW

    Can’t wait to hear the new material.
    She killed at Fashion Rocks in Brazil :)

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  29. Truth

    This is going to flop harder than her last album. Ciara is just another flop artist like Mya, Ashanti, and Brandy. She has fallen off the charts and has officially stepped into has-been territory.

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    Burmy Reply:

    @Truth

    HATER! “Fantasy Ride” was just a bump in the road-CiCi’s gonna come back stronger than ever!

    And HOW DARE YOU mention Brandy among the “flop artist”s! If you wanna trash anybody’s career, first GET ONE YOURSELF!

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    Truth Reply:

    @Burmy, No, dear. She had been going downhill before Fantasy Ride. The Evolution didn’t match up to Goodies either. I’m not a hater. Im just stating facts. She’s BEEN over.

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    Harvey Reply:

    @Truth, Sorry but I can’t agree with you. Ciara: The Evolution was a strong follow-up to Goodies. That album really showed her growth as an artist. I love her whole aura on that record. A real decent follow-up…

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  30. Truth

    It’s amazing how her stans put her up on the pedestal, yet she has no longer a hit artist. What’s even more embarassing is that they want to compare her to someone as successful as Beyonce. Hilarious.

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    An0thrDream Reply:

    @Truth, it just goes to show how ignorant you are. Ciara’s Fantasy Ride has done very well overseas. She took it international with this album. Which is what an ICON does. They go for worldwide recognition, not nationwide cuz that only goes so far.

    Love sex Magic was number 1 in Europe, Australia, Canada, Brazil – And Taking Back My Love Followed

    Go Girl went number one in Japan

    Work was a top 20 hit overseas.
    Open up your mind, your obviously a very limited person. If nothing else – watch the Oi Fashion Rocks performances = I’ve never seen a “flop” come back so hard.

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    Truth Reply:

    @An0thrDream, Love Sex Magic only charted as well as it did internationally because of the hype around Justin Timberlake. That was his first feature in awhile. Nobody was checking for Ciara. Go Girl was a lackluster joke which was quickly scrapped. And Work didn’t do much anyways.

    She’s been gone. The world is still looking for the next Ciara, because this one is dried out.

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    tdkk Reply:

    @Truth, If the world was looking for the next “ciara” it wouldnt be until after she has given up on music, Ciara has potential for a long lasting career but she just has to make it happen! No one albums always have the same sales, having a album that outdoes the last is a rare thing! Look at Janet, Mariah, Whitney, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Brandy, Madonna, Pink, Christina and so many more have gone from selling 10+ million in one album to barely selling and the reason is because there are so many fickle people like yourself who only follow what they are told to! Anyone with have a brain cell would know Brandy can easily come back and so can ciara a few bumps along the way doesn’t mean anything.

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    An0thrDream Reply:

    @Truth, Justin had six lines in the song… really – are you that delusional that you would think that song shot to number one in several different country’s because of HIS 6 lines? Someone NEEDS to educate you about the industry. do you really think ciara would get booked to do live performances/appearances worldwide if people ONLY liked the song cuza J.T.? I love their collabo-its an amazing song,cant wait for more!

    I wish people who let garbage come outta their mouth would stick to sites like M.T.O.

    Rap-up is too classy for these people

    what are you doing with your life thats so great? How many people know you? And What makes YOU so important to judge someone who conquered their dreams and is striving to conquer new ones. Hate/negativity gets you nowhere

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    10 is ciaras Reply:

    @An0thrDream, there was a JT only versiion titled “Magic” that leaked in ’08. If people only wanted him, then they would have just got that song for free.

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  31. M.GEEZ

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSS CIARA BOUT TO COME BACK AND KILL EVERYBODY…..SHE BACK ON HER KILLING SPREE!!!!!!!!!!…..HATERS GET A LIFE….YALL PROBLY DONT HAVE ONE CAUSE YALL MOMS OR DADS DONT….LIFE SUCKS DOSENT IT HATERS!!!!!!!!ANYWAY CIARA’S THE BEST THAT EVER DID PASS THAT AROUND EVERYONE OH INCLUDING HATERS!!!!…..CIARA DOSENT FLOP SHE’S ALWAYS ON TOP….OF EVERYBODY

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  32. carla

    I wouldn’t let tricky or the dream near my album- Mariah did and her cd is flopping harder than a fake $1 bill everywhere here and overseas.

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  33. Dat_Boi_Get_Em

    @Carla thats because she released the wrong singles from her album and there was late promo…. I think Ciara is better with Tricky and the Dream than Mariah. Ciara can ride a beat, well. Im highly anticipating this album!

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  34. Dat_Boi_Get_Em

    @AnotherDream Thats How You Shut The Haters Down, Let Them Know The Stats…. Tell Em Why You Mad!!!!

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  35. Catie

    Honestly, i don’t get why she doesn’t just repackage “Fantasy Ride” and then wait a couple more years for the next album.

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    Harvey Reply:

    @Catie, Nah, that wouldn’t work, trust me. It’s not too late but it’s too late, feel me? Let that album go. It wasn’t handled properly from the start because it did have potential. She had a few hot joints on there.

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  36. Me and Me

    Truth be checking on Ciara, who cares if you dislike her, your still giving her recognition. If Ciara be in your mouth don’t stop because her name still be in there.

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  37. tdkk

    as i keep hearing about this I wonder if fantasy ride was just a creative ploy for people to want the “old” ciara back so that when this does release something that will be off the wall ppl will go extremely crazy over it! It just all seems so well planned out i mean after a month or two of FR’s release she was already back in the studio, fantasy ride was half promoted as if they didnt want to spend much on it, FR had so many cool ideas and songs she didnt use them, why didn’t she just scrap fantasy ride and release this? IDK but if it was a ploy it is very smart or maybe im just over thinking it! But it just seems like after she was suffered the pushbacks she decided to just release FR as is take away the multi-disc idea and work on something new!

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  38. Vihh'

    I CANT WAITTTT

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  39. yes mam

    I’m happy she is working on new material…we just need to put this whole “I’m so sexy” phase behind us and go back to the real ciara. and leave the slut-tasticness for them other ladies. And please please dance for real.

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  40. AnTwaun

    Yess! this bish is bound to put in “Work” & I agree with Tdkk. all of this is startin to seem planed. HELLO! Johnny Wright is her manger, they r plaining to get this girl to have total DOMINATION. there gonna give evryone who through shade & tlkd Ci dwn about how bad F.R flopped here in the U.S, something to tlk about. after F.R’s push backs & leaks, it was planed to make it a gimick & a perfect way to give her the comeback album our mouths is watering for. u think the wait was ova for Rihanna, plz take a seat. the wait will officially be ova when Ci drops.

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    Harvey Reply:

    @AnTwaun, Ok, you sound real dumb. Man, I go hard for Ciara but some of her fans be stupid as heck. Sayin’ all types of crazy sh!t. Think about what you typed. Do you honestly believe that? Fantasy Ride was a gimmick, a ploy? Give me a f#ckin’ break. That makes no sense. I guess that’s why she recorded FOUR music videos too right? To promote a gimmick? Lmao. Y’all is too much!

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  41. Carlos

    CIARA IS THE BEST OUT THERE EVEN BETTER THAN BEYONCE BECUASE BEYONCE IS JUST GETTING OLD AND ON MY NERVES. I HATE HOW PEOPLE THINK THAT FANTASY RIDE DEBUTED AT #3 it was a flop. WELL SHE STILL MAKING MONEY OVERSEAS AND SHE IS THE BEST. SHE WILL DO GOOD IN THIS ALBUM TOO! GO CICI LOVE U FOR EVER! :)

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  42. Gipp

    i guess

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  43. Glee

    boring. she’s over.

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  44. Harvey

    People need to stop trying to recreate old successes. That’s where people be f#ckin’ up at. Bump trying to take it back to the Goodies era and all that because you can’t. Just make some quality music, some dope sh!t. If I had my way, her whole project would be produced by Danja, Darkchild, Tricky & The-Dream and The Y’s. And she’ll be good. Sh!t, all she really need is Danja and Tricky/The-Dream.

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    10 is ciaras Reply:

    @Harvey, Old artists always used to do that, dats what gives an artist their sound. The problem is people like you that always wnt somethin new. If people just lik an artists only sound, then music wouldn’t be as boring as it has been

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  45. Harvey

    Still can’t believe she didn’t release Work. That sh!t would have blown up. She should have stuck with the original plan and released High Price as the lead single followed by Work then Love Sex Magic and then maybe released one of them slow joints as the final single. Maybe Lover’s Thing or Never Ever. Go Girl was hot as hell but just warm as a lead single.

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    10 is ciaras Reply:

    @Harvey, i agree

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  46. 10 is ciaras

    It should have went (these were original tracks for it) :
    1. High Price featuring Ludacris
    Go Girl featuring T-Pain (promo)
    2. Work featuring Missy Elliott
    3. Echo]
    4. Lover’s Thing featuring The-Dream
    Re-release 2009:
    1. Turntables featuring Chris Brown
    2. Love Sex Magic featuring Justin Timberlake
    3. Like a Surgeon

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  47. JOE

    ciara will rule once again

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  48. keldrick

    I Can’t wait she better come hard because the queen Bey is dropping in 2010 too and please don’t think she taking a break because instead of you guy saying for her to take a break tell your favorite artist to step their games up.

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