Yesterday (July 31) CiCi and her baby boy were photographed watching Russell at Seahawks Training Camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Facility in Renton.
Yesterday (July 29) Ciara & Russell were spotted at a listening party for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis held at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Yesterday, Russell Wilson took Ciara to Seattle Children’s Hospital where he visits and cheers up children every Tuesday. They were accompanied by actor Joel McHale.
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Ciara is the princess of pop. Since sashaying onto the scene with her debut single “Goodies” in 2004 – which is basically one giant shrugging off of male advances – Ciara has held it down as one of the few young women in the music industry who has singing, dancing, and songwriting all under their professional belt. Princess is, quite literally, her middle name.
Her new record Jackie has seen her come at 2015 harder than a freight train with no brakes going downhill on an icy day, bringing not only her sixth studio album, but one that’s packed with dancefloor r&b, power hooks and a what feels like a personal tale of redemption that whispers through the lyrics. Well, we say whisper, but one of the lyrics is “Man, I just delivered a nine-pound, 10-ounce baby. I’m a bad motherfucker,” so maybe it’s more like a war cry.
I caught up with the one woman army to have a relaxed chat about how amazing Janet Jackson is, how irritating fuckboys are, and whether she’ll ever do a rap album.
Hi Ciara! How was our shoot for you today?
I think we really played into the look. The styling was very presidential chic. Female candidate.
Would you ever run for president?
It definitely hasn’t crossed my mind.
Well, I’d vote for you. So, first off, please tell me everything about the Janet Jackson tribute video you were involved with, in intricate detail.
Oh, it was so fun. Everything about it was surreal, up until the point of being on stage like “this really happening?” Y’know, I just have so much respect for her. She truly is, to me, the best to ever do it when it comes to entertainment. I really wanted to make sure that I did the best that I could do, and honour her. It took tonnes of rehearsals, and I was also in for my video rehearsals as well as her rehearsals so it was just non stop. When I finally got to the stage, I was like “this is happening. It’s about to go down.” It was super exciting.
Did it go by in a flash or could you be present in the moment?
It definitely went by really fast, especially with the adrenaline, and the energy from the crowd. But that’s how you know it was good. That’s when you know you’re enjoying yourself.
Did Janet give any feedback?
We didn’t get to speak afterwards because it was a little chaotic backstage with all the other performers crossing each other. I did hear she was happy about the performance.
It occurred to me a little while ago that you’re one of the few female artists under 30 who can and will dance serious choreography. I was wondering if you thought the level and quality of performance has been compromised lately?
Thank you! Well, I think that when there’s artists like Michael and Janet, because they’re so special, it’s hard to come across artists like that. What I love about what’s happening in music right now is that people are being very expressive and experimenting. With all the new emerging talent everyone is getting inspired creatively, and I think that’s a beautiful thing. I just appreciate good artistry. I can appreciate it when someone is killing the dance, but I don’t think that being a great artist means you have to dance.
The latest album is named Jackie after your mother and your previous album was eponymous. Is there any significance behind that?
With this album, it was named after my mom but it was inspired from the fact that I’m a new mom and I understand what it’s like to be in her shoes and see the world from her point of view. So I guess if you think about it, my last album was self-titled and now I’m naming it after my mom, it does have a progression and it makes me feel something really cool. I’ve been really in tune with my growth over the past few years, and I’ve been yearning to grow and to learn more and keep on discovering more about myself. In this case, with this album, I definitely feel like it’s my best body of work to date. I allowed myself to be the most vulnerable I’ve ever been and I was really in tune with what I felt. I thought it was really important to get lost in the music and not overthink things. That’s what these past few years have been about for me – growing and self-discovery. And also for my fans to get to know me more and to know that we’re all the same, we all go through the same things. What better platform than music to be able to share something that everyone can relate to, and help or inspire or just be able to relate with people. That was really important to me. That’s what this album is about. And I do feel like a mini Jackie!
It’s interesting that you would bring up how focused you are on growth. I was thinking about how bold it is that you would call your second album The Evolution. How would you say you’ve evolved between the two records?
I think the biggest difference is that with the first album I was fresh out of high school, and the second album I was turning 21, which is when you start to enter the early stages of young womanhood. Fast forward to now, I’m fully into womanhood. I’m doing big girl things! The transition from album one to two, y’know turning 21, is a huge deal in a sense. It’s one of those special years in our lives. It’s a milestone.
If you could choose one track from this album that sums up the whole essence of what it’s about, which track would you choose?
I would say “One Woman Army”. I was going to call the last album “One Woman Army”. It was definitely a part of my self-discovery. It represents my strength, it represents my story, it represents my point of view, on everything. On life, on love…
Let’s talk about love. You have a lot of songs in your back catalogue that promote zero-tolerance on fuckboys. What have you learned about men over the course of your career?
I think that the one thing that’s important for a man when it comes to love is just timing. And that’s true for men and women. When it comes to love, females… we’re more likely to be more sensitive and allow ourselves to be more vulnerable. Guys, they’re used to being a little more fearful when it comes to love. I think when they decide to open up to love it’s really about timing, and what’s going on in their lives and when they want to. You can’t force anybody to love, they have to want to do that themselves. I think men are very simple. We are way more complicated beings, as females.
And finally, the question I’ve waited this whole conversation to ask: your track “Super Turnt Up”, which featured you as the rapper, felt like the tease for a fire mixtape that never came. Will you rectify this in the future?
Hahaha! I don’t think I’d try to do a rap album.
Maybe just an EP? Like, four tracks?
I don’t know about that.
That’s okay Ciara, I’d still vote for you anyway. Thank you for your time!
It’s been 11 years since Ciara released her debut single ‘Goodies’ to both commercial and critical acclaim internationally.
Over a decade on and the singer has released her most vulnerable album yet with Jackie, following the birth of her first child and a repositioning of her sound.
Digital Spy caught up with Ciara to discuss her fearless new album, what advice she’d give her younger self, and why she feels she’s escaped the full challenges some female performers face in the music business.
On your latest album Jackie, you are more fearless lyrically than what we’ve heard from you before. How much were you willing to let yourself reveal during the songwriting process?
“It’s the most expressive I’ve ever been in my whole life and in music on this album, so it was really important for me for people to get to know me more. To really get to feel me and how I see life and hear my perspective. Before I used to really overthink the process of creating. I’d be like, ‘If I say this, they’re going to think this’ or ‘If I say that, they’re going to think that.’
“Then I was like, do you know what? Just say what you feel, don’t be afraid of it, and it’s better that you do that. At least I know I’ve said what I’ve felt and I can live with that versus saying, ‘I never said anything’. I was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been on this album, and I think that’s also allowed me to grow too. It was very necessary to make the best music I could make.”
So there were definitely less boundaries on this project compared to before?
“Oh absolutely – there were really no boundaries. It was just do whatever feels good to you. I’ve set a new standard for myself. Get lost in the music and just be fearless.”
When you’re a debut artist you have to follow the rules and be guided, but at this point in your career are you very much in control?
“I’m very clairvoyant with my decisions and I feel really grounded. I have so much more clarity on what it is I’m hoping for and expecting. It really feels good when you’re truly aware. It’s one thing to really dream and have a vision and want all these cool things, but it’s a whole other thing when you actually have wisdom and understand things. Then you can truly make the best decisions.”
We hear your baby son Future on the record, and Jackie is named after your mother, so just how much has motherhood affected your approach to music?
“Being a mum has affected me in the greatest way possible – and in a necessary way. Having my son has helped me to be grounded, and I feel like with a child you have to really think about things all the way through. The word responsibility has a whole new meaning to me, but creatively it’s allowed me to reveal my super vulnerable side. There’s something about being careless and having no inhibitions during the process, and I think having my son has allowed me to do that. You just feel so confident, and you really are in tune with what your pure emotions are.”
Your last album Ciara almost felt like it was you re-calibrating your career. Is that a fair observation?
“You know, it was my first album at a new label and it was important to me that I got to start my new chapter off the right way. And it was important that I got to share my growth that I had experienced at that time period. I definitely wanted to start it off really good and strong, so I’m very proud of that album. I’m very happy with how that album came out – in reference to the creative part also.”
But ‘Got Me Good’ missed the final tracklist and it’s one of your best songs…
“It was part of experimenting during the beginning of joining Epic. It’s one of those songs which, I believe, is one of the coolest video references I’ve had. As I was making the album the direction started to change and so it didn’t quite fall into that bracket where the album ended up going. But it’s one of my favourite videos.”
If you could go back and give 18-year-old Ciara who is about to release ‘Goodies’ some advice, what would you say?
“I would tell her, Baby Girl, take your time and to really enjoy every cool moment at that point. When I first started everything was going so fast and I didn’t really have the time to stop and let it sink in. Now when I reflect I’m like, ‘Wow, I did win a Grammy, and I get these cool awards, and look at that music video’ and I just really didn’t have the time to soak it all in. I was so driven that sometimes you don’t recognise all the good things that are happening to you. I was very grateful too, though. I think cool moments like winning a Grammy deserve a nice little party where you really soak it in, and not have to work and stuff. I do remember throwing a party on that Grammy night, but it was work.”
During your decade in the music business, have attitudes and treatment towards female performers within the industry changed at all, or is there still a way to go in terms of equality?
“I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t had a crazy or tough experience being a female, so I don’t have a full gauge on the challenges there may have been. I’m sure there were. I think with that being said it lets you know how cool everything really is. People really respect people who are about their business, male or female. The opportunities of things we can do as women is limitless. It’s up to us. The race doesn’t matter, the gender doesn’t matter, where you’re from doesn’t matter, it’s really just up to us and the work you put in for it. I think people just respect that based off of what you do.”
But the biggest inequality stems from expressing sexuality through music, so do you think female performers unfairly face the hardest criticism there?
“Well there are some double standards, but I do think there are some things that guys can do, and there are some things that girls maybe shouldn’t do, and vice versa. We’re kind of living in somewhat of a more free world these days, so I think as women when you try things a little risqué – when you do some things that kind of feel a bit more sensual than normal – someone’s always going to have something to say. That’s how it goes. There’s women rocking right now and I think the respect is coming from the work ethic.” (Source)
This week, Ciara’s latest single “Dance Like We’re Making Love” debuted at #100 on Billboard Hot 100.
In these 7 days the video has been viewed over 10 million times and the song entered Top 40 on Urban Radio (it’s currently #39). We’re just getting started! Don’t forget to stream the song on Spotify and Youtube, and request it on Urban radio!
Billboard Hot 100
100 (New) Dance Like We’re Making Love
Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Songs
28 (New) Dance Like We’re Making Love
Billboard R&B Songs
9 (New) Dance Like We’re Making Love
Billboard R&B Albums
14 (21) Jackie
Billboard Canadian Hot 100
83 (New) Dance Like We’re Making Love
In Confessions, we ask artists the questions that we really want to know for the answers where we really get to know them: their first kiss, their hidden talent, the worst thing they’ve ever done and more. Up in this episode, r’n’b megastar Ciara talks her biggest fears, sloppy kisses and some truly terrifying dreams about giving birth to a dog. No, really.
Ciara’s latest album Jackie is out now, as is the video for ‘Dance Like We’re In Love’. (Source)
This weekend Ciara spent some quality time with her son Future and boo Russell at San Diego Zoo (July 25).
She spoke to SBTV about traveling when she was younger, the influence behind her new album ‘Jackie’ and more. Watch the interview below: