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via TIME: Ciara doesn’t like to curse. The “Body Party” singer won’t use profanity in front of you, and when she started using more colorful language on her 2010 album Basic Instinct after years of resistance, she censored the actual four-letter word to keep it from getting too vulgar. So it’s a surprise, then, to hear the singer call herself a “bad motherf—er” close to two-dozen times on “Jackie (B.M.F.),” the opening track off her new album Jackie.

“I was really thinking about everything I had been through, so when I went in the studio, I just felt like screaming it out,” she says of recording the song. “There was a whole newfound confidence that came over me after having my son.”

Ciara spoke to TIME about becoming a mom to baby Future, how the music industry has changed since “Goodies” and why she decided to get more personal on her new album.

On what it means to be B.M.F: “B.M.F. is purely confidence. We all have an inner B.M.F. in us. It’s that moment when you’re embracing who you are. If you feel like you’ve been through things in your life and have been able to push through those things, you are a B.M.F. If you’re a mom who’s been working her butt off and delivered a child and had to raise them, you are a B.M.F. It’s for any person who’s being courageous. If you feel a little insecure and a little doubtful, you need to look in the mirror and tell yourself, ‘I am a B.M.F.’ That’s the attitude you have to have.”

On addressing her breakup on “I Bet”: “Having a child with someone, you’re always going to be respectful of that. But the song ‘I Bet’ was honestly inspired by my life experiences—I can’t just say it’s from one experience. It’s one of those songs that’s very real. I would talk to people in the studio, and we’d talk about real-life things that everyone can relate to, not just the women, but the men, too. It was one of those songs that felt necessary for the universe. It’s so good when I see young girls come up to me and say, ‘I love ‘I Bet,’ it’s helping me, that’s my song.’ That’s what you want your music to be: you want it be something that touches someone. It does feel good to know that it speaks to someone’s heart and can inspire them.”

On social media: “You can either allow social media to be helpful for you, or it can be harmful. I like to let it be helpful. It allows me to have instantaneous interactions with my fans—you didn’t have that luxury before. It is cool when you put something up on Instagram and get the response right then instead of waiting to see what the world thinks tomorrow. I like how it allows me—a person who used to always be so private—the opportunity to grow and push myself. Sometimes sharing a photo is really okay because you never know how it can inspire someone. Or writing a tweet of what your thoughts are—you can show people you feel what they feel.”

On looking back at scrapped singles like “Sweat”:
“You just have to keep it moving. There are a few songs where I definitely go, ‘Eh, I knew this one song wasn’t going to work.’ But I had to do it! There are some songs where you’re like, ‘I really like this song,’ and it just didn’t work out how you thought it would. That’s life. You win some, you lose some. You can’t dwell on it. I can’t be worried about the past. I’ve got to keep it moving and stay focused on the future—pun intended.”

Since the release of “Jackie”, Ciara has been going from one radio station to another and promoting the album:

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CiCi and her new bea Russell Wilson were spotted by fans at Josephine Lounge at the concert’s official afterparty last night.



CiCi is definitely coming to UK this summer. She will perform at one of the biggest UK festivals – Wireless Festival, on Sunday July 5th. Buy your ticket here.

Yesterday (May 9th) CiCi performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring in DC. The concert was streamed live on Yahoo. You can watch it on replay below:

via Fuse.Tv: Some musicians might record the one-off album track dedicated to their mom, but Ciara based an entire record off hers. Daughter to Jackie Harris and a new mother herself this year, the R&B-pop star decided everything from her sixth studio album’s vibe to its subject matter all coincided and related back to no one better but her mama.

And as if the stars aligned for release week, not only did the new LP Jackie drop the Monday before Mother’s Day, it also hit stores just two days before Mrs. Harris’ birthday.

To celebrate Mother’s Day and Ci’s first time observing the holiday as a mom, Fuse brings a special Q&A where we get in-depth with the singer about her latest album’s inspiration, what she’s learned as a mother, childhood memories and how the songs on Jackie (yep, even the sexy ones) all relate back to Mom.

You really went all in with the Jackie concept to even titling the record after your mom. What’s the ultimate inspiration behind it all?

I was inspired to title album Jackie because now being a new mom, I know what it’s like to be in her shoes and see things from her eyes. It was the most fitting thing to mark this really special time of my life an walking into motherhood and womanhood at the same time. In a sense, I am a mini Jackie.

I’m also very expressive in a way that I’ve never been before. And I feel like that is my mom’s personality in me. She’s a very strong, tough vocal woman too. I really believe you have to say what you want in this world to get it and that’s how my mom was.

From the album’s intro track “Jackie (B.M.F.)” you sing “I had to go through the things she went through.” What did you both go through?

It’s just being able to survive in this world, being a tough woman and figuring out life, you know? To me, life is what you make it; you really determine your destiny. The past, the journey that you travel in life, I believe it really starts and ends with you. I do know what that’s like and you have to be really responsible in that way to really try to navigate through life. I know that’s how my mom had to do it.

Even when you have a child, you don’t even know what to expect. [You ask,] “What am I supposed to do for my life? What is it that shouldn’t do? What is it that I really need to perfect?” You have all these different questions. My mom did tell me it all kind of works itself out, it all kind of falls in place, it’ll all come to you; which is so true.

Are there specific tracks that speak to what you both experienced? 

I feel like “I Got You” definitely does that because I know that my mom would do anything to make sure that I have everything.

And “I Bet,” my single, because she’s a no-nonsense kind of woman. She’s one of those women who are very tough and she ain’t taking no jugs. (Laughs.)

There’s also the turn-up jams on Jackie, like “That’s How I’m Feeling,” and “Kiss & Tell” is very sensual. Where do those songs fit?

Well, you know a woman has her needs. Those are fun songs, songs that are get the party going and keep you dancing. On this album, I really wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time and could feel my energy because I’m in such a happy place. It’s important to me that my music makes you feel that happy energy. You got to have songs that are fun! I like to have fun and that’s part of my personality.

It’s also those fantasy kinds of songs like “Kiss & Tell.” The way that the song just makes you feel, sonically, it just feels so good. You know what you’re talking about, you can kind of be in a little fantasy world when you’re thinking about a person or that feeling. It’s just one of those songs—I think every album should have songs like that—where it is feel-good, it is fun. It may not be the deepest topic, but it just really feels good and sings to you.

Sonically, I feel like Jackie is lighter. There’s no negativity or bitterness here. Is that something you were consciously doing or did it naturally come out?

Well, first, thank you. It was important to share the space of where I am. Mentally, I’m in the happiest place. Having my son has brought me so much joy and has also made me selfless too. You really realize, in life, it’s ultimately about loving the ones that love you, making the best of life and enjoying yourself. Having fun and, in my case because I’m so blessed to be able to share music, why not take this opportunity to share some good energy or some good light, you know?

I want to know a little more about Jackie herself. What kind of music did you both listen to growing up?

My mom loves old-school music. Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, she loved Patti LaBelle, Al GreenMarvin Gaye. There’s where I get my music soul from. I’m so glad that she played those songs when I was growing up because it really helped with my creative, mental and music rolodex.

You even worked with Patti on the Mama, I Want to Sing! film. That must have been pretty exciting for Mom.

Oh yeah. It was pretty cool. It was. I remember when I told my mom I was working with her she was so excited. Even the other day when I was with Whoopi [Goldberg] on set [of The View], my dad was there with me and he got to meet her. It’s so awesome when you get to do stuff like that.

Is there one image or memory that comes to mind automatically when you think about your mom?

There’s this one time we went to the [1996] Olympics, I think it was in Atlanta. This may sound crazy, but it’s a photo of she and I, and she and I have on the same jacket. We don’t have many photos, my mom didn’t take a lot growing up—that’s why I’m one of the most picture-taking moms you’ll ever know now. I wanted to wear red lipstick like her and I had red lipstick on in the picture. It’s one of those photos that stand out and I think about the moment.

On the other hand, what image do you hope your little guy has of you? Do you think it’s formed yet?

Well I think he’s still developing now, but I know he knows that his mom loves him so much and I hope that when he gets older that he really, you know, thinks that I’m a rocking mom. I really hope to be a great example to him, how [if] you believe in yourself you can be anything you want to be, and I just hope to be the best mom he could hope for.

I’m definitely one of those moms that will be a soccer mom and round up all the friends and make them sandwiches and do the barbecue. I’m that kind of mom. I just hope more than anything he has an amazing mom, a mom that really loves him.

What if he thinks you aren’t a cool mom, though?!

Well, I hope he doesn’t. There’s a point in our lives where kids start thinking our parents are cheesy because we start seeing too much of ourselves. I pray that I never, ever have that moment with him. (Laughs.)

And what else is coming up? When are we going to hear that song you performed with R3hab at Coachella?

You should be hearing that song very, very soon, it’s called “Everybody Get Up.”

My tour’s still going and my show with NBC called I Can Do That airs May 26th, which I’m super-excited about. There are some other amazing opportunities and things that are happening that I can’t really give away, but I’m super excited about being part of a major campaign coming soon for something. It feels like we’re just getting started.

The R&B star dishes on lap dancing on tour, her post-baby weight loss and her son’s playdates with North West to our own Nick Axelrod

via She’s shared snapshots of baby Future Zahir with fans on social media, but now as she gets ready to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, Ciara is revealing her pregnancy and motherhood journey in an intimate video set to her song “I Got You.”

The touching video, shared exclusively with PEOPLE, kicks off with the singer, 29, revealing her pregnancy to her parents, Jackie and Carlton Harris, and features a giggling baby Future at home and in the studio with Mom as she records her latest album Jackie, named after her own mother.

“This song is very special to me as it’s dedicated to my son,” the star tells PEOPLE. “I cried in the process of recording [it]. This album truly marks one of the most special times in my life.”

CiCi celebrated the release of her new album “Jackie” (IN STORES NOW) with her mom Jackie Harris and her dad Carlton Harris at stylish restaurant Chalk Point Kitchen in NYC.

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