Ciara speaks on label situation “I have asked and I pray that my label will release me”

Rumors have been rife over the past few weeks that Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Ciara had been dropped by her label, LaFace Records but in a Facebook note titled ‘My Time to Speak’ which was published earlier today (February 14), the singer/songwriter and dancer sets the record straight by stating categorically that those rumors were false and that she had in fact handed in a request to be released from her label. As to the reason for her request, she attests to her label not sharing the same views as her in regards to who she is as an artist.
On the Facebook note, she goes on to claim that her label didn’t want ‘Gimmie Dat’ – the official third single off of her latest album ‘Basic Instinct’ – played on the radio and that they (her label) also failed to support the video for the said song, a video which she claims was paid for out of her own pocket.

You can read the full note below:

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. Love Ciara