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Exclusive: Ciara Spills On Janet Tribute, New Video, New Tour, Tinashe, Beyonce, & More

Published: Tuesday 7th Jul 2015 by Sam

For more than a decade, Ciara has dazzled with her dynamic songs and dynamite stage presence.

Such traits were showcased in earnest this year with the arrival of the singer’s sixth studio album, ‘Jackie’ and its like titled tour – which played to sold-out venues across the US.

That Grape Juice caught up with the Grammy winner fresh from her electrifying performance at the 2015 Wireless Festival.

As ever, we ask the questions you really want answers to and CiCi approached all with confident candidness.

Watch above as the 29-year old dishes on her new video, ‘Dance Like We’re Making Love,’ upcoming US and international tour, “that” epic Janet Jackson tribute, teaming with Tinashe, Beyonce, and much more!

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Ciara’s new album, ‘Jackie,’ is out now!

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  1. Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 7, 2015

    Ciara rocks tbh. I got her albums now

    • danyboo July 7, 2015

      I DIDNT FEEL LIKE WATCHING THE INTERVIEW BUT AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT CAME FOR SHE HAD TO SAY ABOUT BEYONCE LOL

      • I support great music July 7, 2015

        Sam always brings the best interview of her, She such a beautiful soul. Cant wait to see DLWML video and One Woman Army video #Jackie #Slayara

    • Bets July 8, 2015

      Ciara is beautiful and talented!

    • Lisa July 9, 2015

      Say what you will, she is a beautiful girl. Market correctly and with the right songs, she could make it. Love S** and magic was an incredible song. It ain’t over for her.

    • HYDROQUINONe July 9, 2015

      told y’all CIARA wasn’t a man, she’s pretty and womanly

  2. In good hands July 7, 2015

    Jackie generally is Ciara’s best album to date & it has so much potential to spawn international national smashes. love DLWML but imo the strongest songs are give me love, only one, kiss and tell, fly and one woman army < these are the only songs that should be considered singles. can't wait for the jackie tour to come to Europe

    • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig July 7, 2015

      The Evolution was her best album if we are going to be call it. It mixed together Pop, Hip-Hop/Crunk, Dance & R&B all together in one album with interludes and it still had a unifying theme.

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig July 7, 2015

        *if we are going to call it.

      • Cupid July 8, 2015

        I feel Fantasy Ride is her best album. Her transition into pop however, just wasn’t received well by fans.

  3. Keri Qween July 7, 2015

    The Janet tribute was weak

    MTV did it better

    • Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 7, 2015

      Weak is ya walls ho

    • Black power July 7, 2015

      Yasssss Mya slayedddd CiCi

      • Cupid July 8, 2015

        Ci did a great job. I feel it could’ve been better had it been just her. Tinashe’s routine was very weak and Justin seemed like a last minute fill in

      • Cupid July 8, 2015

        Ci did a great job. I feel it could’ve been better had it been just her. Tinashe’s routine was very weak and Justin looked like a last minute fill in

    • Lea July 7, 2015

      It was horrible!

    • Lisa July 9, 2015

      BET tribute was c listers, MTV had Pink, Mya and Usher — which is an unstoppable trio.

  4. Centurion July 7, 2015

    Wow. She had to lower herself by being interviewed by TGJ *SMH*, but after 3 back-to-back flop albums, she needs the attention.

    • @JanetCIARA_ July 7, 2015

      You have to lower yourself to keep coming here everyday?
      Atleast she has albums and plaques, What do you have…. GED’s & STD’s

      Hunny she knows her target audience are faggz like you and she wants to get her message across that she aint going ANYWHERE. So #DEALWITHIT

      • Centurion July 7, 2015

        Bye KFC. ???? ???? ????

  5. LB July 7, 2015

    Hooker hush, Ciara’s best album is The Evolution.

    That said, that Janet tribute was a mess, and death at Samantha always finding a way to slide Beyone in all his interviews

    • Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 7, 2015

      Just like you let everyone slide in you… Mhm

      • LB July 7, 2015

        Just like you let Journals flop

      • Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 7, 2015

        All the way down to bbhmm s level. Yeah,shame on me,its such a shame, just like ya fav releasing tthat video & still looking a hot mess,besides stupid sensitive epilepsy what else did people get with that video. Diss my future husband as much as you want but he doesn’t swear or sell his titts to make a nudity filled trash hole. Bet those part I on drags are done,y’all called Bey stripper music while your fav so desperate she doing p***

      • Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 7, 2015

        *partition

      • LB July 7, 2015

        Unlike Journals, BBHMM is actually charting

    • Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 7, 2015

      I wouldn’t call that charting tho considering that’s what your galz career based fully on. No wonder she ain’t releasing .Reign let all the hell up. If only she excelled in another area besides music. All she do is sell singles & now that they ain’t selling….. Lol

      • LB July 7, 2015

        Honey, save the novels and go buy Journals

  6. Royalkev July 7, 2015

    She’s such a sweetheart! I’m so happy that Ci was able to live out her dreams by being apart of that Janet tribute! She was the standout! I’m also excited that she’s planning to do a video for ‘One Woman Army’, that song slays (and I’m so glad that was touched on in the interview). As for the super group, Bey, Ciara and Pink sounds interesting… Instead of Pink/Bey, I think what works better is teaming up with Nicole Scherzinger and Tinashe (or even JLO, depending on how sophisticated they’d like to come across).

  7. Stephon Maurice Jackson July 7, 2015

    She’s so sweet. Cute Interview. Also, she SLAYED that Janet Jackson tribute. She was just a lil faster than the dancers but slayed nonetheless.

  8. LB July 7, 2015

    She is sooooooo well spoken, good for her.

  9. Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 7, 2015

    Ci has it all,talent,looks and style. Call her a flop but homegal be real. I’m a Lil jealous of her having a baby. I want one so fing bad,I want a baby to love like ci loves Future

  10. Ozzy July 7, 2015

    She DODGED that Tinashe question real good. I sense some lowkey tension in this.. Anyways, why haven’t you late flops posted an article on Ariana’s NASTY ass licking doughnuts on display at a bakery and then cussing out the employees? Waiting for R-A-P-U-P? K.

    • Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 7, 2015

      I never thought your ass was alive and breathing so I’m pleasantly surprised. I will say I forgot about you after you left cause all you did was complain about your Inability to find a partner in life. It was sad son

      • Ozzy July 7, 2015

        LOL. I’m sure you h*** are salivating at the thought of clocking me. Perched on here for my return. Suck a d*** for your sake and for me apparently. *Kisses*

    • Molly July 7, 2015

      Damn Ozzy we still waiting on that Ariana post?? chile

      • Ozzy July 7, 2015

        OKAY!

    • What now July 7, 2015

      KIIII

  11. Molly July 7, 2015

    Ciara is so sweet and beautiful and humble unlike Ariana nasty little ass. Anyways a great interview my fav slayed that Jackson tribute. Can’t wait for the DLWML music video. Also Beyonce and Ciara would be a dream collaboration.

  12. Mark111 July 7, 2015

    It is her best album since The Evolution. Her self-self-titled album was good too. Her only really bad albums were Fantasy Ride and Basic Instinct. Ride sounded like a mess because non of the songs flowed because it was supposed to be a 3 disc set with 3 different themes. A crunk/urban, sensual r&b and a dance album. We pretty much got that with the later release, Basic being the urban, Ciara being the r&b and Jackie being the dance album.
    .
    It looks like the label is focused on singles and they should be. If her singles can at least go gold, then that’s success imo.
    .
    She seems very comfortable in this interview.

  13. LB July 7, 2015

    Nevermind the doughnuts, who is that guy she is with?

  14. #TeamTinashe Stan July 7, 2015

    I am done with Ariana. I done told her already.

    I find it funny how I never said anything bad about Ciara until I came on this site. SMH. She is too kind. Not a fan of her music but she is too kind…….. too kind without an edge. She should take a break and just tour, do movies and modeling.
    And yes, she dodged that Tinashe question very well. Sam couldn’t even elaborate more the way she spun it. All the best to Cici and hopefully she do better on the new new.

    • Ozzy July 7, 2015

      I like your comments on here. Always on point! *thumbs up*

    • Mark111 July 7, 2015

      Have you seen the interview with her BF Russell? He’s very religious and pretty much a dork. I’m glad she’s with a dork and left them rappers alone. I can see Ciara doing a Tyra like TV show, she can speak very well. And I don’t know why she wS never in a Step Up or a dance like movie.

    • Stephon Maurice Jackson July 7, 2015

      YESSS! Where is that Ariana post at SAMANTHA???

  15. Mark111 July 7, 2015

    Airhead Taco Grande Cappuccino Souce Carey is DONE. She already couldn’t go plat, now she pissed off White America. Oh no, you’re DONE little girl that’s 22, yet looks like a 12 year old and acts like a 40 year old diva.

    • Stephon Maurice Jackson July 7, 2015

      DAMN! Now, you don’t even like Mariah’s daughter. You just don’t like the Carey family huh?

      • Mark111 July 7, 2015

        I been hearing that she have a diva attitude and I said well I haven’t seen any footage of it, just a munch of hear say. Diva for what? Going gold?! What really pissed me off what how she spoke to the employee. People think they can just talk and treat the working class like dirt. Umm, hello! They’re WORKING!

      • Stephon Maurice Jackson July 7, 2015

        You betta speak on it

  16. LB July 7, 2015

    Ciara can most definitely do well as a talk show host ala Tyra. She is well spoken and very beautiful. Plus she is stylish, she can do well in that lane.

  17. LB July 7, 2015

    Not Americano Grande being a sugarmama at such a young age. She really is obsessed with Mariah Carey isn’t she.

  18. Brian310 July 7, 2015

    I wanna know if she got to meet Janet after the tribute. That would be cool and long overdue.

  19. cocobutta July 7, 2015

    Nice one Sam on getting some info on “ONE WOMAN ARMY”

    That is a must CiCi.
    Nice girl as always and I want her stock to be bigger in music.

  20. trose July 7, 2015

    Sam u usually hit the nail on the hand but the million dollar question was WHEN IS THE VIDEO DROPPING. Besides that lil morsel good interview

  21. Tyler Makiveli July 7, 2015

    I like Ciaras persona. She doesnt come off ass rude or bitchy at all *side eyes another artist*

    • TinasheLover July 7, 2015

      She had to humble herself after FLOPPING so many times. *reads the Ciara diaries*

  22. What now July 7, 2015

    SHE’S SWEET. I JUST HATE HER FANS.

    • Mark111 July 7, 2015

      Why?

    • Centurion July 7, 2015

      Yeah, they’re nasty.

  23. @JanetCIARA_ July 7, 2015

    COME THROUGH QUEEN CIARA!

    Im ready to start seeing her on the big screen! She needs to start auditioning for Romance Comedies, Action SciFi fantasy type films, and appearing on Movie Red Carpets.

  24. Who gonna check me boo? July 7, 2015

    Did Beyoncé ever acknowledge her existence?? Lol she is so bland there’s just nothing exciting or edgy about her and she doesn’t have the talent to back it up so… that why she’s been on a such flop strike she’s basically a dancer that got 15 min of fame and is being delusional about it talking about building an empire????????????????B**** where?????

    • mmhm July 7, 2015

      she has but have she acknowledge you?

  25. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig July 7, 2015

    She has a way of dodging and avoiding questions like the plague. I noticed that too when Charlamagne came for her on TBC.

  26. StrawberryMuffin24 July 7, 2015

    She seemed bitter and salty about the Tinashe question! She can stay mad Tinashe sings and dances better then her!

    • TinasheLover July 7, 2015

      Ooooopsssssss!!!

      • mmhm July 7, 2015

        singing yes but clearly the world thinks otherwise about dancing boo

  27. Amanda D. July 7, 2015

    The tribute for Jan was pretty good. My only complaint was that it wasn’t longer. Like wtf, BET?

    • Drizzy July 8, 2015

      You do know that the BET tribute was like 6 secs longer than the Janet tribute Usher, Mya, and Pink did, right?

  28. Carry On July 7, 2015

    See how positive she can be and content. Not stumbling on her words like she has skeletons in her closet that might come out. Not hiding her ideas; but giving it in a hopeful manner. Giving a detail input on thinking about others. Not trying out do others to win; just being creative. I wish her more success and a brighter future.

  29. Ben July 7, 2015

    i hope she comes to germany (hamburg)! she’s so positive and a great performer

  30. John July 7, 2015

    Thanks for doing this thatgrapejuice! Everything Ciara related is the reason I use this site every single day! And as long as you all keep supporting her I’ll keep coming

  31. Navy Nick July 8, 2015

    Love Ciara; great vibes:real good interview…, please come to Hawaii before I move,

  32. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig July 8, 2015

    In Sam’s defence he did not mention Bey in any of the questions, Ciara was the one who did. He obviously used her name in the article to get hits tho, but let’s not act brand new!

  33. Sage July 9, 2015

    “NO SLEEP” has been completely eliminated from the Hot 100!!!! Told ya so!!!! 😉

    • Shady81 July 9, 2015

      Wow you’re so desperate to talk about another artist on another artist post just sad. Oh as for you saying No Sleeep is no longer on Billboard charts, well it’s number 8 on the Adult R&B charts so umm stop your pointless ass trolling and take your ass to bed you dumb m**********.

      • Sage July 9, 2015

        Um idiot I said it was no longer on the HOT 100! Learn to read!!! LOL Nobody cares about that irrelevant Adult R&B chart where even Peabo Bryson could probably still get a “hit”. That chart is even more irrelevant than the dance chart. Face it Tranet is flopping AGAIN! Awwww! 🙁 LOL

      • Shady81 July 9, 2015

        Look you little transvestite I do know how to read stupid b**** and the R&B charts matter just as much as the dance,
        Hip-Hop & R&B,Country,Rock etc on billboard charts and good for you for knowing about Peabo Bryson. Now give yourself a pat on the back stupid, and go find your mama’s s*** stained you hid in the back of her panty drawer and put them back on you nasty mutherfucker. LOL to that you little b**** and stop dancing around in your mama’s wigs and putting on her lipstick that Right Said Fred I’m To S*** mixed with Rupaul’s Supermodel songs are getting real played out people can see you it’s to damn early in the morning for that s***. Now have a nice twerk I mean day.

      • Sage July 9, 2015

        ROFLMAO!!!!! 😛 That was as weak a comeback as “Flop Sleep”. Point blank, the song FLOPPED just like EVERYTHING else Tranet has put out this century. No one cares. Just like you & your mama, her milk is stale too. Maybe thats why you’re still a fan while the rest of the world moved on EONS ago. The BET tribute couldnt save it. The lyric video ain’t helping. All the trying you & her 5 other stans are doing online ain’t helping. No one is buying or streaming. The public aint here for it. You stan for a talentless transexual looking MJ coat-riding hasbeen of yesteryear whose whole career was invalidated at the SB, which basically makes you a LOSER! Heh. But you gotta be used to that by now. Throw a party and nobody will show up cause you’re a waste of life. Maybe that’s why you stan for Tranet. Maybe you can relate to nobody caring. LOL How does that make you feel gimp? You mad? When being you becomes too much to bare, send me your addy and I’ll mail you a razor blade. Haha! One more time: that low budget sounding #67 peaking FLOP SLEEP fell completely off the Hot 100 after just a week. 😆

      • Shady81 July 9, 2015

        @Sage b**** who do you stan for I mean you try your hardest f****** way to try to shade somebodies success I mean you’re on a damn Ciara post mentioning Janet b****. In words of Beyonce She’s (Janet) got the her name rolling out of the haters tongue I mean you must care hell you tried so hard to say something about Janet on another women’s post I mean damn what that makes you ummm.
        #A Desperate B**** and no b**** Janet’s not a flop she’s a legend with nothing else to prove but you certainly do with these sad ass shade attempts from another women’s post so miss me and cry me a waterfall not a river b**** a waterfall with your weak ass attempt to attack me I’m just calling it like I see it if I walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it’s a duck. But if you try to type, ignorantly shade or read it’s a DESPERATE ASS B**** and that is you! Your pathetic need for constant attention is sad. Adults give much needed attention to newborns, toddlers, and children not grown ass people whom haven’t hit puberty yet or adulthood so continue to look stupid with your temper tantrums and Whining about Janet because no one gives a s*** while Janet’s enjoying her life your the one sitting miserably oh and remember if you bite me with words I come right back on that ass You Have Been Put On Notice so watch yourself now because you’ve fought with the wrong one now have a nice day.

      • Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) July 9, 2015

        Don’t pay the trolls any mind @Shady81, they can’t read or sit with you.

  34. Shady81 July 9, 2015

    Thank You @Slayonce Giselle Knowles Carter for the kind words.

  35. Iconic Cici July 9, 2015

    Queen shitt

    Love her she the most kind hearted woman in music.

  36. You wanna love it right bettor like you do then my funky money July 9, 2015

    Nice interview

  37. Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) July 11, 2015

    Why is this post STILL up though? ????

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