But now it's straight up cancelled!
Ticket holders were sent the following email on Friday:
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There has been a lot of talk about Ciara and her label, Jive Records, the last few days and none of it has been very good. The last we heard, C was getting canned by the label because they were having difficulty finding a place for her and getting her sound in tune with their ideas.
But it seems we have all been misled, as Ciara herself has decided to post an explanation on her Facebook page, detailing exactly what has been going on with her music and the label. She writes:
To my fans:
This week the net has been a buzz of the rumor that I have been dropped from my label. At this point that rumor is false.. It is true that I have asked and I pray that my label will release me. I have had some great times and success with my label, but sometimes like all great things, its at that point where I feel we don't share the same views on who I am as a artist. The past two albums have been very frustrating for me. At times there were songs I chose to lead a project and I was ignored! This project, I even tried to get Gimmie Dat started I spent tens of thousands of my own money only to hear the radio pds tell me my label didn't want the song played. I even spent more than one hundred thousand dollars out of my pocket on the video to bring my vision to it and still no label support. I do understand that some labels are not financially supporting their artists and I have become one of them. You, my fans, know that I strive to do my best to deliver to my you the best songs and creative vision I possibly can. I'm dedicated to my music, performance and to my fans! I've tried to be a team player with the label only to have compromised what I truly believed.. And was not given the right opportunity to promote and inform my fans of the release of this album..I have so much of me as a artist I still want to give to the world and my fans. A release would allow me to go be creative with people who care and understand me as a artist. In a short time, I will be able to bring to you a new music energy and a visual excitement! Thank you so much for standing by me through the good, bad, and the confusion. I love you all.
Wow. Sounds like a really toxic relationship. We don't understand why they would keep you if they had no intentions of promoting you the way you want to be perceived.
Hopefully some more lives of communication can open up and the label will either give Ciara a chance to do her own thing or cut her loose to pursue other avenues. Either way, something has to be done…and soon.
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