Ciara Crafts a ‘Hit’ with Hit-Boy

Ciara

Ciara has quietly returned to the studio to work on her next album. Producer of the moment Hit-Boy spilled details on a track he made for the R&B siren.

The 24-year-old hitmaker behind Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris” cut an uptempo record with Soundz called “Hit Boy” for CiCi’s Epic Records debut.

“I did a record for Ciara. It’s called ‘Hit Boy,’ written by this producer/writer Soundz. He’s amazing, so be on the lookout for that,” Hit-Boy told MTV News, describing the sound as “energetic, for the club, for the radio.”

In addition to Ciara, the in-demand producer has been working on music for Brandy, the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, and Kendrick Lamar. “The record that we did work on is very energetic,” he said of his collaboration with the Compton MC. “It’s almost the same type of energy as a ‘Ni**as in Paris,’ so I’m super excited for people to hear that. That’s like one of my best beats that I’ve done in a while.”

His work can also be heard on Rihanna’s new album Talk That Talk (“Watch n’ Learn”) and Monica’s 2012 release New Life, for which he and Ester Dean contributed a slow ballad.



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114 Comments

  1. Yeah

    she coming back to slay you hoes!! GET READY FOR CISUS :P

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    smh Reply:

    @Yeah, you guys are weird stop calling beyonce , rihanna, ciara and others names mix with god they aint no queens of nothing they are humans that make music nothing big about that n wat is she going 2 slay a dragon smfh

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    HiH8er Reply:

    @smh, lol yea that is tru but i can’t wait to hear the music sounds like its gonna be tight hopefully there’s no leaks and this album is a number 1 album

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    Neon Reply:

    @Yeah, trololol

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    Marvin Reply:

    @Yeah, LOL! I’m crackin’ up from this!! #TeamCiara!!! Lol :D

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  2. ToNiO

    Can’t WAIT.

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  3. LOVE?

    IM ROOTING FOR YOU GIRL!

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    @mrhoges90 Reply:

    @LOVE?, Yeaaah Ciara needs to get it right this time

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  4. TIRED

    Yasssss im rooting for her too
    CI-CI is about to shut it down.

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  5. STACKSONSTACK

    ONE THING CIARA GOTTA DO IS “KILL”!!!, I JUST CANT WAIT TO HERE HER NEW MATERIAL

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  6. iGoHarrd

    FINALLY !!! I’m anticipating #TheReturn !!!

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  7. blessed

    lol the song is called “Hitboy”??? and his name is “Hitboy”???

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  8. LilRoyalty

    Yeeeees I need some new Ciara

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  9. Che

    :,) *silently weeps* yasss!!! Chile come back and slay!

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  10. MinajIsTheBest

    Hang It Up Flatscreen!!!!!! You’re done child…Nicki may be able to help you out Hahaha..

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    TIRED Reply:

    @MinajIsTheBest, calm down!

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    BigSean&CiaraFan Reply:

    @MinajIsTheBest, -___-

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    Bran Reply:

    @MinajIsTheBest, *crickets*

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  11. JueLz

    That Hitboy can make some serious beats. And Ciara will no doubt kill it. She always does. To me she is hands down the best female dancer in the game.

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    K Reply:

    @JueLz, Yes she is! She is an entertainer who actually dances and never makes a corny a#S video. She is the best.

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  12. BigSean&CiaraFan

    L.A. Reid is usually very particular on trying to make sure an album is good (Confessions, Goodies, Good Girl Gone Bad), so im excited. I’ve always liked Ciaras music, but im ready for everyone to start liking it again.

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    thecool Reply:

    @BigSean&CiaraFan, …. but im ready for everyone to start liking it again

    Yeah me too. super syked

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  13. latonya

    Thats what she said the last time and 65000 albums later …nothing, show and prove cici

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  14. Kyle

    I’ll always root for Ciara! I’ve been a fan since day one and have enjoyed all her albums so there is no reason why her next one won’t be good. I don’t even care how she does commercially anymore though because “Fantasy Ride” and “Basic Instinct” were duds but still had great material.

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    latonya Reply:

    @Kyle, ↑ subtweet

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    HiH8er Reply:

    @latonya, yeah all she needs is hits and no more leaks too
    and hopefully she works with other artist and STOP WORKING WITH LUDACRIS!!!! I mean he’s cool and all but damn work with someone else like drake, nicki minaj, big krit, big sean, lil wayne, & etc stop workin with the same people cici! lol

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    Latonya Reply:

    @HiH8er, You mean the people thats popping right NOW. I dont think cici picks her features like that and obviously ludacris made a hit on her Goodies album so its hard to not wanna try it again. She worked Chris brown on her fantasy Ride album “turntables” and that did take her anywhere. I agree with you doe, no more leaks other artist and probabbly idk do some love songs not super sexy cici songs. I think some artist try TOO hard to talk dirty on some songs and it ends up xtra

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  15. BonnieNoClyde

    LA reid is a smart man, im sure he has a plan.
    ciara makes good music, im rooting for her. she grinds and i think she deserves to be recognized as a good talent. heres to ciara making a comeback and reaching her high level of success again. goodluck girl! i’ll be supporting you.

    p.s. hitboy is doing his thing right now. all of his tracks are hot too!

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  16. Ice

    Hit Boy is quickly becoming one of my favorite producers thanks to Ni**as in Paris and Watch n’ Learn. I hope Ciara gets a hit, if she doesn’t, I’ve probably still buy her albums.

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  17. WRTW?

    I Really dont know if my heart can take another Ciara flop, somewhere in the world a babies cries for every flop Ciara has put out since goodies, poor girl. I hear McDonald’s is hiring though, I know the manager I’ll put in a good word for you.

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    Get up Reply:

    @WRTW?, I love ciara but u a fool

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    ed Reply:

    @WRTW?, lmaoooooooooooooooooooo

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  18. Sharp Tongue

    Man Ciara better hope and pray this will get her back on “top”.

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  19. Dave

    Ciara >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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  20. Leah

    CIARA! GIRLLLL! I LOVE YOU! pleasseeee comeback harder than ever, you are truly the best in your lane and we’ve has been missing your music! forget these haters, you do you! but understand that this might be your last chance to have longevity in that business!HIT-BOY makes good sh*t so I think you’ll be good!

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  21. Joyams

    Even if she is struggling with numbers i always love me some ciara. looking forward to the new album

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  22. Get up

    Im rooting for her, I wish he aint even said nothin cuz now im enticipation big big shyt

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    mary26 Reply:

    @Get up, yooooooo like fo’ real! i wish they were just quiet about it. now im xpectin big big shyt from her!

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  23. Winston Churchill

    it’s always people doing nothing with their lives that have time to hate. just keep it moving

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  24. SE7ENINJAZ

    YES!!! I can’t wait for new music from Ciara.

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  25. Stacy

    I’m excited to hear what Ciara and L.A Reid come up. He brings the best out of her.

    Can’t wait!

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  26. AH

    YESSSS CIARA !!! ROOTIN FOR YA BABY GIRL…Ciara always have hits..her biggest issue was with promo and management..and crossing over…but now with her NEW LABEL and what not, things just may go well!!! GOOD FOR HER. #cantwait

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  27. andres

    yayy! luv me some cici :) yes sirrrrrrrrrrrr

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  28. Outspoken

    Lol why did they put her lace front so low like that by her ear…what is that a side burn?

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  29. Speechless

    *dies from too much excitement*

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  30. QUEEN COMING SOON !!! :D -- MAD?---

    OMG, i can’t fuck*ng wait !!!!:D

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  31. Diane

    I just pray to god that LA Reid gives her atleast 5 singles. Everyone of her album campaigns has ended premature. Please MILK THE ALBUM LA LIKE YOU DID RIHANNAS.

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  32. TeamCiara

    AHHHHHHH!!!!!! I cannot wait for her next album! The game needs her urban pop music and hot dancing videos!! Yes!! Ciara!!! Im ready for #5!!!

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  33. YeahIKnow

    CIARA IS FLAWLESS!!! SHES ALWAYS BEEN A NICE PERSON AND DESERVES RESPECT IN THIS INDUSTRY..SHES AN AMAZING PERFORMER…HOW CAN PEOPLE HATE!!???

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  34. Bran

    It’s gonna be SMASH hit! Ciara is coming….

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  35. outofdabox14

    2012 will be a great year music wise…..well at least the first 2 quarters. Ciara, OutKast, Monica, and Brandy…I really just hope Ciara ‘s album doesn’t leak and sells and shuts everybody down. is about time for her to become that superstar everyone knows she is. #1 fan since day one. Patiently waiting for Album number 5. I will be buying.

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  36. Marvin

    Ciara 2012 is gonna be EPIC!

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  37. Stre3t Danc@

    Yay finally!!! Go CiCi!

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  38. frenchconnection

    the queen

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  39. TeamCiara-SouthAfrica

    Woo hoo!! I know she’s going to bring it!

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  41. ciara #1 fan

    you go Ci! this song gone be A-1! #TEAMCIARA DONT CALL IT A COMEBACK !!!!!

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  42. lashawn johnson

    ciara coming back gone girl… lol

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  44. okk

    Loving Hit Boy productions as of late.

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  45. Dee Eugene

    I like Ciara and I want to see her succeed. She’s very talented and despite less than stellar sales, “Basic Instinct” is a good R&B album. Cannot wait to hear new music from her.

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  46. Deontae

    I’m too excited!!! You just don’t know!!! Ugh, I know Ciara will come back with a bang!

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  47. An0thrnight

    I cannnnnot wait for this album! I
    Love Ciara

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  48. Mimi

    AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! cant wait!!:DDDDD

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  49. Setitstraighter

    So Happy that hes working with Brandy.. Shes a Beast, Still in awe over ’1st n Love’

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  50. xxx

    and with every album the stans come out of their holes…”queen cici is coming back” – “she’s going to slay and snatch wigs” blah blah blah

    and with every release she is selling less and less

    her material just hasn’t been that great as of lately. Basic Instinct was boring as fuck. With Evolution they made marketing mistakes (that’s why it sold a handfull in Europe) and Fantasy Ride…yeah, it leaked a year before it’s release…so why should anybody have bought it?

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  51. Lisa

    So excited for his work with Brandy, Monica and Ciara. N*ggas In Paris and Watch n’ Learn are my faves.

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  52. STFU

    @xxx
    STFU bitch The Evolution slayed for one B.I. & FR were mistakes in fault of Jive yet she STILL slayed the likes of you & other cock roaches like YOU.

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  53. Jalin

    Takeover will begin, Ciara has been M.I.A. She’s grinding so hard behind the scenes.

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  54. AnTwaun

    Yes!!!! Prepare for cover. Ci is coming to snatch souls, I could feel the shit in my bones. Yes! we said she was coming to slay every era but she’s been too lowkey with everything. She’s def taking it alot more serious. I just can’t wait to see what direction she’s going in with this album but whatever the hell it is me being a Stan is gonna support regardless. #CiaraNation all day!

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  55. thecool

    im telling u all she need is a number one hit to kill this game again. imm gonna get her album anyway cause me and her gonna b married one day anyway.

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  56. Redchainsaw

    Lmfaoooooooooooooo @ all the delusional Ciara fans, Ciara isn’t snatching anything but a couple hundred dollars from the sales that are to come,she has had 4 albums and only sold about 4.3mill in the US and about 7 mill WW,that’s NOTHING!!!! She has a cute voice,a pretty face,good dance moves and still she doesn’t market well…..and you can’t say it’s not about sales it’s about music when it comes to her because she’s isn’t creative.Even when she trying to sell sex that fails too…..She should model or start investing her money in property or something….music isn’t for Ciara I like a couple of her songs but it just doesn’t work for her

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    Bran Reply:

    @Redchainsaw, Watch, you’ll be the main one jammin’ to “Hit Boy” smh

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    Redchainsaw Reply:

    @Bran, lmao,yeah sure…… “oh the hilarity”

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    mikaju Reply:

    @Bran, co-sign

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    Reality101 Reply:

    @Redchainsaw, KICK ROCKS!!! How many did u sell? Ciara has a BRAND. Do U? Instead of writing useless dissertations about someone u won’t ever compare 2 on blogs…find your own craft…make u some paper…u sound like a pathetic b$&@8 with nothing 2 offer the world. It’s not that serious lol.
    #teamciara

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    Redchainsaw Reply:

    @Reality101, It’s not that serious but yet you took the time to address me,lmao I’m not in the music industry so there’s no need for me to compare my self to Ciara,she HORRIBLE no label will keep her signed when she dont perform…..and you sounds a bit upset

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    brainfood.com Reply:

    @Redchainsaw,

    Well we are more than happy to see you do what you criticize her for.

    Since you got so much insight, put you money where your mouth is…oh you were just “criticizing” and we weren’t supposed to take you seriously right?

    Please invest more time in correcting your hypocrisy. The world has enough assholes. Be creative.

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    QUEEN CIARA Reply:

    @Redchainsaw, One question Boo … How many have you sold …. nall better yet what do you do for a living!!!!

    #GETALIFE

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  57. Victor

    I CAN’T WAIT! CICI’S COMEBACK WITH STYLE! ♥

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  58. CandyApple

    Wow, some people can be so bitter and evil for no reason.

    Point is, Ciara DOES make good music. I don’t know how many times older crowds or people who don’t care for her has liked or loved her records, whether the records were recent or old, sold and performed well or didn’t. Ciara’s issue has never been music, it was always about poor marketing strategies, poor promo, and backing support from her label and team. Ciara has the full package to be a WW Superstar and people know this. The music industry, fans, stans, haters, and outsiders all know this.

    I’m very excited to see what’s in store for Ciara’s future. Being recently signed to Epic Records and being under L.A. Reid’s wing was just the tip of the Iceberg. I know Epic and LA Reid has a lot in store for the rebuild of Ciara’s career. She’s coming for blood and success, I feel it.

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    KeyLOLO Reply:

    @CandyApple, eNUFF’ SAID …. TO ALL HATER’S JUST WAIT AND SEE!!!!!! Cause she a #BOSS #CIARAEPICCOMEBACK2012

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    QUEEN CIARA Reply:

    @KeyLOLO,right HATERS just wait and see big thing are going to happen for Ciara #2012 is her year ….

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  59. GiftedSince92

    Okay #PRESSED, #DELUSIONAL, #PATHETIC, #SIMPLE-MINDED, haters. First of all let me say THIS Ciara is COMING. Same haters nothing new but a bunch all irrelevant peseants who troll through a Ciara post EVERYTIME.

    @RedChainSaw

    Check your credits HOE because evidently you’re WRONG with DELUISONAL FALSE claims. Ciara so far has SOLD more than 9 million records, 12 top ten r&B hits including a grammy, countless awards which I REMIND you she’s far from the public not being interested in her.

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    Redchainsaw Reply:

    @GiftedSince92, My claims are delusional? Lmao do you realize how foolish you sound?..you’re a “fan” and you don’t even know her credentials….shE has NO Grammys ,shes been nominated no wins get you’re head checked,and as far as the public being interested in her I believe her sales speaks for them self,the public buys her music and if the sales aren’t up to part Im pretty sure they’re not that interested

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    industry drama queen Reply:

    @Redchainsaw, um sorry to re infirm u but ciara does have a Grammy search Google there is pictures of her kissing it.so again get your facts straight

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    B*tches In Paris Reply:

    @industry drama queen, Ciara has one grammy … Which was for that collab Lose Control .
    And as of June 2010, she has sold more than 4.3 million albums and 6.9 million digital tracks in the United States alone. Which really isn’t alot . Ya’ll really love to over-exaggerate with album sales & awards received lmfao . I like Ciara but honestly I haven’t been feeling her music since The Evolution . Nothing of hers I heard recently has been good . I stan for Beyonce . She will forever be KING BEY :) Btw I am interested to hear her new song . Hopefully it is good ! I want her to go back to the success from Goodies .

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    Redchainsaw Reply:

    @B*tches In Paris, Her fans need to go to her Wikipedia page and educate themselves these numbers are very EXAGGERATED they’re just upset I’m speaking the truth

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    brainfood.com Reply:

    @Redchainsaw,

    No. I think they’re more upset that you wasted your (what you should consider precious) time pointing out the negatives in someone life.

    You’re the type of person that goes into hiding when success is to bright.

    I guess it’s easier to point out people’s faults than to be positive, huh?

    By the way, since she’s such a failure, why exactly were you talking about her? Are you actually kicking someone when they’re down?

    LOL And what’t more interesting is that you’re happy about it. Sad generation YOU represent.

  60. GiftedSince92

    @CandyApple @KeyLOLO @QUEEN CIARA

    Ciara NEVER dissapoints her fans when it comes to music. The marketing strategy has been a HUGE dissapointment. Last two albums would have been major successes if she would have put out smash banging singles. Her haters NEVER cease to phase US stans because WE know she’s COMING for IT.

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    SHAWTY Reply:

    @GiftedSince92, PREACH!! PREACH !! PREACH!!AND PREACH AGAIN!!

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  61. GiftedSince92

    @Redchainsaw

    BITCH!!!! Have a SEAT. You just PROVED again how DUMB and IGNROANT your ass IS. Ciara has a grammy hoe. Your ass has NO-SAY SO to tell a fan who much information they KNOW about their OWN damn fav. And ONCE again her MUSIC speaks for ITSELF. The sales I can give a rats ass about because some ppl don’t sell that much these days and it’s okay. But the MUSIC and the PROMO os what brings ppl to BUY records. Fucking sales are not the MAIN thing to why an artist is popular and well established. You just made yourself STUPIDER by the GUTTER.

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  62. GiftedSince92

    @RedChainSaw

    HOE sit YO ASS DOWN! She HAS a grammy you fuckin IMBECILE CUNT. How the fuck are you going to tell a fan what they know about their OWN fav? BITCH as I CLEARLY stated before the public still has INTEREST in her even for you fucking haters.

    @SHAWTY
    Ciara’s haters are the most STUPID and RETARDED dumb fucks ever. Smh…..

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  63. Beyonce is desperate

    I’m rooting for her. She better come out with the best goodies.

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  64. CIARA #5 2011

    *EXHALES * SIPS* “AHHHH” CIARA

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  65. STACKSONSTACK

    CIARA BOUT TO GO IN!!!!!HYP’D!!

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  66. D

    @Redchainsaw your numbers are inaccurate.Goodies did 8 mil worldwide by itself so your numbers cant be correct. I love Ciara and can’t wait to hear the new music. Her last two albums were handled very poorly (leaks,single choices,promo) and I feel as if too many people were in here ear about where to go musically.I also feel like she needs to get back to the image she first came out with.This industry is based heavily on image now. She has been very lowkey though like she was about the evolution era which did well and is my fave album from her so hopefully all good things will come of this.

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  67. Chris

    All I will say is this…

    CICI IS COMINGG BACK HARDER THAN EVER NOW. I LOVEE HER, THE PROBLEM ALWAYS WAS HER DUMB LABEL. BUT NOW WITH LABEL SUPPORT & LA REID, THINGS ARE GONNA BE EPIC !!!

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  68. D

    @redchainsaw she has a grammy for lose control and she is also grammy nominated,so once again you’re information is incorrect.Get off of here hating.If she’s so wack why did you even click on the story about her.You’re wack for that.

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  69. ItsCiaraHoe

    CIARA is obviously still a threat to these other artist. thats why their stans are mad right? on a post bring hatred. anyway, LA Reid gots this. she will be marketed right and have a good team around her. ciara is COMING with album5.

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  70. D

    Ciara does great music in my opinion. The sound she went for on Basic Instinct sounds fresh to this day, a well-received R&B record – and it’s a shame how it sold so poorly.

    She is talented, and I don’t get it why people don’t want to see her succeed, especially her own community. She has a good christian soul.

    Bless her! And hopefully the new music will get her back to making hits and having a succesful album!

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  71. CiaraGotTheMoves

    Ciara 2012! She’s about to come so hard.
    All I got to say is get ready.

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  72. Ryan

    Am a beyonce fan, is there any possibility for countdown and party to top the charts

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    Ci Reply:

    @Ryan, How about I “countdown” to 4 and if your ass isn’t off this post Ima show you what a “party” is! -.-

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    thecool Reply:

    @Ci, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, IM DIEING, NO SHADE TO BEY FANS BUT THIS ONE DESERVED IT

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    Ryan Reply:

    @thecool, bey is better than ciara a thousand times!

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  73. Jay

    Awesome!!! I can’t wait to hear Ciara’s new music!

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  74. jasper.c

    Fukkkkkkkkkkkkk all u haters…Im so happy tht Ciara keep coming back….like she said “I’M NOT FINISHED YET” hmph…you bumbass haters will be pressed wen she come back killing Shxt…ciara’s music will always be played…Goodies…The Evolution…Fantasy Ride…&Basic Instinct…Now this new album will go down in her history…Ciara All The Way Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  75. hhhhh

    all ima say is Ciara nt finish yet. she still hve more to come. thats all ima say bout all this. keep god 1st ci and he will take yhu a long way.

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  76. Jess

    I like Ciara. She’s a great entertainer. I hope she does well.

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  77. A Realist

    LOL My comments never get approved by rap-up.

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  78. ee,yyyyyyyyy

    ok i love ciara, but i hate how people be like i love ciara but you don’t her cd like come on where is the real; fans

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  79. daniella abigail

    i love ciara and her music and always did till date i can’t wait 4 her to cum reclaim her throne as #1 like de beginning of her career am excited and will love cici 4gud

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