Ciara On Owning Her Masters ‘I No Longer Felt Creatively Handcuffed’

It sure doesnt feel like it but yes  Ciara has been in the game for 15 years!

The singer dropped her debut studio album Goodies on Sept. 28, 2004. It featured hit songs like “Goodies”, “Oh” and “1,2 Step.”

And now, she’s schooling us on how it’s done as years later, she owns the masters to her music. She said during a recent interview,

“It’s an incredible chapter. It’s pretty cool to know you’re out here running around and hustlin’ and bustlin’ and you’re not only performing songs you wrote, but you also own the masters to those songs.”

She added that it’s all a dream come true.

“I used to dream about that while being signed to a label. I was like, the day that I get a chance, I want to own my own masters. I want to do it differently. Because after a while you kind of get frustrated with having to go through the same process — when you believe in something, when you have a vision for it, but the person who makes the decisions doesn’t share the same vision. When I got the chance, I actually wasn’t even planning on doing it in that moment.”

Ciara, who launched her own record label, Beauty Marks Entertainment, added that her chance to own her music came with the successful release of “Level Up” in June 2018.

“This was the moment I was waiting for and it’s like God gave it to me. It was the best feeling in the world. I no longer felt creatively handcuffed.”

As for being in the game so long, she said,

“It’s special. It’s kind of surreal — it’s like pinching myself, and going, ‘This is literally 15 years ago.’ Like, 15 years ago sounds so far away. To see this generation dancing to that song like it’s a new song, and it’s falling right into the pocket of what’s happening now, it’s kind of crazy. It also shows you the cycle of music and how different times repeat themselves all over again.”

“I feel motivated, like when I was younger. Everything happened so fast. Literally one song was No. 1, one song was top three, next song was top three. Naturally, you can kind of just keep rolling with it versus soaking in the moment when it’s happening.”

“I’ve started working on enjoying the moments when they happen, and not looking for the next moment so fast.”

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Janet Jackson Honored At The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Janet Jackson was honored with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards that took place in Atlanta on Wednesday night.

The event recognizes the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs.

via Variety:

Metro Boomin was named Producer of Year for the third year in a row. He also took home Songwriter of the Year for his work on such songs as “Bad and Boujee,” “Bank Account” and “Mask Off.” Song of the Year went to The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming,” written by Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk. Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) was awarded Publisher of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. UMPG had 15 of the most performed songs of the year.

In addition, the event honored the late Aretha Franklin, who, the performance rights organization noted, “Was part of the BMI family for 50 years.” Tamela Mann sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” followed by “You’ve Got a Friend” in honor of the Queen of Soul.

Other performers included Atlanta rapper Derez De’shon (the 2018 BMI Social Star), H.E.R. and the 411 Dance Troupe. Songs by Jackson were performed by Jussie Smollett (“That’s the Way Love Goes”), Justine Skye (“Let’s Wait Awhile”), Normani (“The Pleasure Principle”) and Teyana Taylor (“I Get Lonely”).

Missy Elliott followed with a speech in honor of Jackson, during which she quoted the singer’s lyrics.

The event was hosted by Mike O’Neill, BMI President and CEO, and Catherine Brewton, VP of Creative, Atlanta, along with lifestyle personality Kenny Burns.

Congrats Janet! Check out a few moments from the evening below.

Who Wore It Better?!

One dope pair of YSL Niki Zip boots! Beyoncé and Ciara each added their own flair to these thigh high’s.

Ciara also had a head full of luscious curls , she decided to wear the boots with a denim on denim ensemble. The boots worn with jeans really have a way of elongating the legs. 

Bey went for an edgy thrown together look when she rocked her boots. She showed off her killer legs with ripped off shorts and paired them with a Gucci tee. Bey completed her look with a Dolce & Gabbana denim jacket. 

I think they but look cute, depending on where your going both looks are tight.

Who Wore It Better?

Go Girl : Ciara Signs With IGM Models And Gives LIFE In LEGEND MAGAZINE

 Newlywed  Ciara Wilson is a force no one can STOP. We were first introduced to her over a decade ago when her hit single, “Goodies,” hit the airwaves. Since then we’ve watched her evolve as an entertainer.

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Today, Ciara  have successfully combined being a classy songstress, a powerhouse model, an adoring wife, and a doting mother. Sister is doing it for herself and i would love for her to share her secrets.

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Shoot Credits: Photography / Dennis Leupold Creative Direction and Styling / Paris Libby Hair / Cesar Ramirez Make-up / Yolonda Frederick Styling Assistant / Claudia Perez-Kowalski Photography Assistants / Winston Kingstro and Kevin Leupold Production Assistant / Alex Uloom Post Production / Alberto33 Location / Los Angeles

2015 Grammys Recap

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Ashanti

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Ciara

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Common

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Chris Brown

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Rihanna

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And the WINNER IS…..JHENE! She effortlessly killed it!

This is where the shady industry goes to far? Why on Gods green earth was Beyonce asked to sing the Mahalia Jackson cover instead of Ledisi? Ledisi bodied the cover on the Selma soundtrack. Beyonce is cool but Ledisi voice is from another galaxy. The Grammys is clearly a popularity contest in a much all ready shady industry. If your looking for real talent trust me its not a on the radio or tv every 5 mintues. The Grammys will never recognize a QUEEN like Ledisi. Shes to real for em….No Shade just all facts!

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Im very joyus that Pharrell came to do his thang and used his platform for GOOD! RIP MIKE BROWN #handsup #dontshoot

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CAME THRU AND CLEANED UP. Love how they make each better. Relationships are HARD but having someone that matches your DRIVE and AMBITION is PRICELESS!

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Blue and Rih

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Pharrell and Common

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THANKS for taking the time to GLOW ,
Tesha Sherie

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