Exclusive: Ciara Talks ‘One Woman Army,’ Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, & Touring

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On the eve of her 27th birthday, Ciara was hard at work doing what she loves most—performing. The singer paid a visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to promote her upcoming album One Woman Army, due this winter. Before she hit the outdoor stage in the heart of Hollywood to perform her singles “Sorry” and “Got Me Good,” she caught up with Rap-Up.com backstage to discuss her new music, potential collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott, and touring plans.

Following her mini-concert, her fans serenaded her with “Happy Birthday” and she was presented with a cake before jetting off to New York, where she will mark her birthday by premiering the video for “Got Me Good” on the Sony JumboTron in Times Square today.

In celebration of CiCi’s big day, check out our exclusive interview with the birthday girl.

Happy birthday! How are you going to celebrate?
I’m premiering my video for “Got Me Good” in Times Square and that’s a very special moment. I’ve never done anything like that, so it’s gonna be fun to see my video on the big screen with all the fans.

Any other special plans?
Well, I’m gonna have dinner with my friends and after that I think the dinner turns into a party or something like that.

We’ve seen the sneak peek. What else can you tell us about the video for “Got Me Good”?
It’s so exciting! It was so much energy. We actually rocked in the desert and it was like 108 degrees. It was so hot, but I feel like the energy of dance and working with 8 Flavahz and my dancers just kinda kept me really upbeat. I didn’t even recognize how hot it was and I thank God for the umbrella man because he also saved me.

It looks like there’s a lot of dancing.
It’s non-stop dancing. The [sneak peek] that I gave was the only snippet that I could find where there wasn’t dancing ’cause I didn’t want to give it away. We are literally moving from top to bottom and having fun. I feel like that’s very important. The record’s a very fun song and it’s also with a love energy, but fun and light. I just felt it was kinda cool to bring that energy through the dance.

Tell us something about the album that we don’t know.
I can tell you that I’m almost done. Speaking of it, I think there was a date [December 4] that was supposedly put in the universe, but the date was never ever confirmed, not from my mouth, but they can definitely look out for this album this winter.

When you say winter, do you mean this year or next?
I’ll be telling you soon. Stay tuned.

Is it going to be a Christmas gift for your fans?
You know what? I’m giving you guys my video on my birthday, so you never know what could happen around Christmas-time. I love giving gifts.

There were rumors of a possible Nicki Minaj collaboration. Is that true?
On my album, no. The reason why I said no instantly is because I was thinking about the song ['Super Turnt Up'] that everyone thought was her and it was me. It was me featuring me, however, I’m excited about a new collaboration that has seemed to fall into the pocket of things and I’m not gonna say no. The answer’s not gonna be no. You never know what can happen.

Are you rapping on the record that people thought was Nicki?
The one that they heard and thought was her was earlier in the [recording] process, so I think they assumed it was her and they were making up their rumors. But I love Nicki, I think she’s super fly, and you never know what may be going on. Let’s just say that.

You also worked with Rick Ross. Will he be on the album?
We’re in the process of finalizing the other artists that may be on the record. But I did a record with him and I think it’s just a matter of time once we figure out all the features including him.

You have 2 Chainz on “Sweat.” Any more collaborations?
I love 2 Chainz. He got that crinack [laughs]. Any more collabos? It’s possible. I definitely do have one that I’m super excited about and I literally just did something with them almost a week ago and they’ll be doing something with me, so I’m excited about it.

With them?
Them is not plural. It’s just one.

You and Missy Elliott performed together recently at “Black Girls Rock!” Are you working on anything new?
We talked about a really cool idea, me, her, and L.A. [Reid]. So anything is possible. Her energy is so sweet and special, and I feel like every time we work together it’s always just fun and organic, so that could be possible too.

Production-wise, the album features Rodney Jerkins, Tricky Stewart…
The Underdogs, Jermaine Dupri, Soundz, Ali Tamposi, and Livvi Franc. I also wrote a good bit on this record and co-produced songs like “Sorry” and a song I have called “Super Turnt Up” that I love.

Any touring plans?
Yes, absolutely. As soon as we’re getting ready to launch the record, the tour will be lifting off and we’ll be hitting up every possible block in the universe.

Anything else you want to tell your fans?
I want to tell my fans that I love them. Rap-Up goes super hard for me. I see the love. It doesn’t go unnoticed and thank you guys so much. Let’s have a fun time on this journey together. It’s all about One Woman Army and let’s keep on rockin’ strong.

–D.L.



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54 Comments

  1. My name is oo

    Uh! Ciara feat. Nicki Minaj? It would be Hot!!!

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    dejonzolanski Reply:

    @My name is oo, ikr

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    OMG Reply:

    @My name is oo,

    Ciara Feat. Nicki & Missy?!?!?! uhh.. hotter!!!

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    rup Reply:

    @OMG,

    YES!

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    MinajRules2013too Reply:

    @My name is oo, Ummm NO!!! NO!!! Nicki does not need to be associated with this HAS BEEN!! Sorry, Nicki is on to bigger and better things like Television. Ciara needs to give it up, her album will flop just like Brandy, Monica, and all the has beens.

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    Roman Empire Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too,
    DO HAPPY YOU’RE BACK BITCH !! Luv u girl :’)

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    Elijah Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, How tf u gon say Nicki don’t need to do a song with a “Has Been” when her new fucking single is featuring Cassie?? Here goes your seat boo _/

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  2. VMili

    wow, for Ciara everything is possible but nothing is definite

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    MinajRules2013too Reply:

    @VMili, It wont happen. Ummm NO!!! NO!!! Nicki does not need to be associated with this HAS BEEN!! Sorry, Nicki is on to bigger and better things like Television. Ciara needs to give it up, her album will flop just like Brandy, Monica, and all the has beens.

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  3. Sleazy

    Ugh I’m so bummed that her and Nicki aren’t doing a song together what a disappointment but you Never know as she says … This record is going to be Amazing

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    Love Reply:

    @Sleazy, she will she need that career but little do she know the song wont do shit nicki songs are the only thing that sells

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  4. July

    She too purtay.

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  5. richie

    CIARA IS HERE TO STAY!!! cant wait for the nicki collab STU!

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  6. richie

    yessss!!

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  7. KingPhoenix_

    Happy birthday Ciara.!!!!!!!!!
    This article gave me life.!!!!!
    I can not wait, for those tour dates to drop.!!!!!!!

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  8. Dave

    I’m loving this era, you get em’ CiCi. Happy birthday!

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  9. El Chica

    So basically the record from the listen partying everyone was talking about Nicki’s dope verse it was actually Ciara rapping? lol she must have been good if they getting her mixed with a rapper.

    I can’t hear her, beyonce and Lady Gaga song together. Telephone part 2 yay!!!!

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  10. ciara_love

    yesss i cant wait to hear and see the album omg but HAPPPPPPY BIRTHDAYYYYY CIARA!!! OWA

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  11. J.

    I liked that interview. She’ll probably end up trying to get the album out right before Christmas.

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  12. CIARA #5 2012

    OWWWWWWWWWW! My girl!!!!! & HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOO

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  13. MurderThis

    C- error is so vanilla … Just bland/boring/safe

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    Ride4Ciara Reply:

    @MurderThis, obviously not if your took the time to read and comment on her interview

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  14. Yann

    This interview was so vague and boring. If Ciara wants to be successful she needs to learn to let go a little more. I want her to win, but ddamnit, I can’t do it all for her.

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Yann, what are u doing for her besides whining and bitching on a blog site??

    ::burp::

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    music26 Reply:

    @Yann, she has try to let go a little more but all of you found fault and disliked

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  15. Guyanese Princess

    Oh, alright…..

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  16. WayneRules2012

    Omg this bitch’s such an illitrate, did she just refer to the word ”them” as singular??? #FAIL

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    Joke_is_on_you Reply:

    @WayneRules2012, You must be really slow. You might want to google something called “singular they” which is in fact grammatically correct. In fact, the words them, they and their can all be used to refer to singular things. Next time do a little research before you decide to clown someone. Thanks hun!

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Joke_is_on_you, “I like Ciara , they music is cute”… Do you hear how wrong that sound?

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    SdotB Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, go sit IN a toilet and flush urself down plz

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    Benjamin Franklin Reply:

    @WayneRules2012, you can’t even spell “illiterate,” dumbass. #BIGGERFAIL

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  17. KayeV

    im rooting for Ciara as always but this ” possible ” bizness sounds super vague . everything juss sounds possible . i dont see that album dropping in December

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  18. Meme

    I could understand her not waiting to give out important before things are finalize but I’m slowly getting over her interviews. They don’t say anything or give any informations or anything for us to be excited about. Just seem all over the place again. What concept and sounds she going for this time, where is her direction? Nothing seems clear.

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  19. xedos

    She’s promoting an album releasing videos and singles,but she cannot give a date of when the album will release.WTF. that’s the dumbest shit iv’e heard in a minute. if you cannot give a release date after releasing 2 or 3 singles of the album it does not look good

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    El Chica Reply:

    @xedos, Um she is really promoting singles at this point she mentions the album but she really hasn’t started promo for the album itself yet because it isn’t finished. Look at Alicia keys she was on award shows performing and ish before she even recorded her video let alone had a album release date. This is normal so many of you in this generation move to fast and half ass things obviously Ciara has learned from the mistakes of her previous albums giving out dates that weren’t final.

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    Meme Reply:

    @El Chica, I do agree some what with her not annoucning the release date because of the all push backs from her previous albums. But generally speaking artist who push multiple singles with no release date are artists who will must likely flop. When Rihanna, nicki and beyonce comes out, there album release date is firm and announce even before the first single or video.

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Meme, omg, will u stop using those 3 artists as an example for ALL artists?? So what?? They have MUCH bigger fan bases and they’re MUCH BIGGER ARTISTS..they can put 1 single out and the album out a month later b/c they have that power…not all artist have that ability!

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    Minaj Reply:

    @El Chica, but it looks like she really didnt learn none of these songs are selling no one is checking for Ci everyone is just commenting on how she a flop and now she working with nicki for a hit which will not work

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  20. Tha PHounDation

    Singles and more singles. That’s what the industry is now for most artists. Bet her album, when it is finished, will be hot!

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  21. Love

    i knew it lol she thinking nicki will save her career

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  22. Amanda

    She has a song with Nicki. It starts with Nicki going “Once upon a time not long a go, lived a chick named Nicki with the naughty flow”

    I think it’s called “I wanna”

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    cistan Reply:

    @Amanda, its a remix from ‘make it last forever’ from the evolution album.

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  23. D

    How you know @amanda? I mean it would be dope.Ive seen the Jimmy Kimmel performances and heard “Got Me Good” and I’m excited again.Shes not giving a final firm date because in the past she has and it’s been pushed back which in turn makes her look bad so that’s why their is no solid release date.To the person who said she’s bland and boring..Everyone can’t be a “bad girl” like Rihanna and Gaga..

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  24. bills paid on time

    Flop

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    Ciara will win Reply:

    @bills paid on time, you dont know this for sure. I have faith in my idol. and if your going to disrespect someone thats out there scrapping there legs and kneews working harder than these other artist.(Rihana, beyonce, ect)I will be sick to see this artist fall like michael jackson after working blood sweat and tears.. its sickening that shes so under rated.

    anyways, Ciara is a hard worker and i love the name of her album cover because it suits her. Shes out there by her self trying, she doesnt need other artist to pick her up.

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  25. PILLIS

    I hate nicki minaj I hope the collabo won’t happen! A feat. with missy is predictable but worthy, maybe with Lil Kim or azealia banks will be hot!

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  26. bibi93

    Beautiful ciara

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  27. Jay

    Ciara is so beautiful!!! I’m so pumped for her right now. I’ll be buying every album or movie my girl is putting out. This Got Me Good has been on my mind all day and work. Ha! I’m just itching for the video and tonight’s performances! And this is major her video being premiered on the jumbo tron! I don’t know how I would act if my video was up there man.

    I’m so mad that I missed the leak of Super Turnt Up. And it’s just a given that CiCi and Missy should work together again…they always kill it. Also, I’ve always thought that she and Nicki would kill it on a record together, especially with a music video to accompany it. ;) That would be one sexy video! Any way, I’m ready for all Ciara has in-stored for us! Get it girl!!!!! :)

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  28. Jay

    …And I can’t stop watching Ciara’s Jimmy Kimmel performance!! Ciara is killing it!!! She’s sangin and dancin her butt off!!!! I love it!!! And I love the the song!!!!! “Nobody can make me feel, make me feel…. ” :)

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  29. Minaj

    now barbz yall was just coming at Ci but now yall like her ???? smfh not me nicki dont do it tired of people using nicki for a hit

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  30. tia21

    Happy Birthday Ciara… slayyyyyyy video and love the song. Really don’t care who she do collaborations with but i don’t think she really needs Nicki Minaj but its kool if that happen. I am happy for “Ciara” she’s my favorite female artists.

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  31. Tbozfan10

    She didn’t really even answer questions. Everything was “well you’ll have to wait and see.” Why even do an interview?

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  32. Beeuy Pretty Sunniz

    happy Belated birthday Cici and Nice answer

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  33. Elijah

    Ciara is on Nicki’s new album the re-up on a song called “I’m legit” go check iTunes bitches!!!! Yesss ci!!! A video is most def needed for that

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