R&B singer Ciara, who has struggled to replicate her musical success since the release of her debut album Goodies, has been keeping a low profile as of late with the exception of a few red carpet appearances. Now comes word that the singer, who was dropped earlier this year from longtime label Jive has just signed a new record deal with Epic Records, which is now being run by X Factor judge L.A. Reid (who recently left his job at Island/Def Jam). Reid sent a tweet hours ago to confirm the news. Now here's the cool part: Reid is giving Ciara fans the opportunity to play A&R on her new album when it's released in Spring 2012. Little is known of the album's creative direction, and Reid is asking fans to come up with a couple of your favorite song you think Ciara should use as reference to which direction she should take for her next album.
Check out the info below…
Listing 11 songs from any genre or period of music from any artist out there, we want you to create the ultimate Ciara album made up of cuts you feel would serve to win over the buying public and critics alike.
Maybe you feel Beyonce’s ‘Countdown‘ is just the song she needs to help to force her into higher chart ground or is Janet Jackson’s ‘Again‘ just the kind of sound she should be going for if it’s critical acclaim she desires.
It’s completely up to you.
In my opinion Ciara is a phenomenal dancer but a passable singer. She is of the musical category of Janet, J Lo and Britney so stick to your strengths which would be midtempo and uptempo tracks and stay away from the ballads. You just need some edgier tracks and work with some up and coming songwriters and producers who are just as hungry as you are and want to see you win. I know they said pick 11, but as someone who has a deep love for music I can't just come up with that short amount so I came up with 20.
Here's my list below:
1. Kelly Rowland - Lay It One Me
2. Janet Jackson - You Want This & Feedback
3. Danity Kane - Pretty Boy & Bad Girl
4.Natalia Kills - Free
5.Kylie Minogue - Cupid Boy
6. Jennifer Lopez - Hypnotico
7. Klymaxx - Ladies Room
8. Chris Brown - Beautiful People
9. Robyn - With Every Heartbeat
10. Kelis - 22nd Century
11. Keri Hilson - Bahm Bahm (Do It Once Again)
12. Lady Gaga - Eh Eh Nothing Else I Can Say’
13. Beyonce - Upgrade U
14. Britney Spears - Slave 4 U & I Wanna Go
15. Alex Gaudino ft. Kelly Rowland - What A Feeling
16. Erika Jayne - One Hot Pleasure
17. Kat Deluna - Drop It Low
18. Cherise and Nadia aka Bootyluv - This Night
19. Aaliyah - More Than A Woman, One In a Million, and Rock The Boat
20. Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath