"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," Ciara explained. "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."
Ciara went on to claim that not only had her label refused to promote her latest single, 'Gimmie Dat,' which she ended up paying to promote herself, out of pocket, they had actually attempted to block the single from receiving radio play. "The past two albums have been very frustrating for me," she said. " ... I spent tens of thousands of my own money only to hear the radio [program directors] 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."
'Basis Instinct,' her fourth album, was released in December. Unlike her three previous efforts, 'Basic Instinct' failed to make the Billboard 200 chart's top 5, only peaking at a disappointing No. 44, despite mostly favorable reviews. Ciara concluded by entreating her fans to be patient as she fights for her release and works to find the right home for her future recordings. "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! ... 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."
Jive's reps have yet to comment.