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

Grammy Winner Dishes On Exciting Plans

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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88 Comments

  1. July 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm
    Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) says:
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    Ciara rocks tbh. I got her albums now

    • July 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm
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      I DIDNT FEEL LIKE WATCHING THE INTERVIEW BUT AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT CAME FOR SHE HAD TO SAY ABOUT BEYONCE LOL

      • July 7, 2015 at 7:54 pm
        I support great music says:
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        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

    • July 8, 2015 at 8:07 pm
      Bets says:
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      Ciara is beautiful and talented!

    • July 9, 2015 at 5:31 am
      Lisa says:
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      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.

    • July 9, 2015 at 10:42 am
      HYDROQUINONe says:
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      told y’all CIARA wasn’t a man, she’s pretty and womanly

  2. July 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm
    In good hands says:
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    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

    • July 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm
      AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig says:
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      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.

      • July 7, 2015 at 4:22 pm
        AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig says:
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        *if we are going to call it.

      • July 8, 2015 at 12:28 am
        Cupid says:
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        I feel Fantasy Ride is her best album. Her transition into pop however, just wasn’t received well by fans.

  3. July 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm
    Keri Qween says:
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    The Janet tribute was weak

    MTV did it better

    • July 7, 2015 at 12:57 pm
      Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) says:
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      Weak is ya walls ho

    • July 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm
      Black power says:
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      Yasssss Mya slayedddd CiCi

      • July 8, 2015 at 12:31 am
        Cupid says:
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        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

      • July 8, 2015 at 12:31 am
        Cupid says:
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        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

    • July 7, 2015 at 7:35 pm
      Lea says:
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      It was horrible!

    • July 9, 2015 at 5:37 am
      Lisa says:
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      BET tribute was c listers, MTV had Pink, Mya and Usher — which is an unstoppable trio.

  4. July 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm
    Centurion says:
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    Wow. She had to lower herself by being interviewed by TGJ *SMH*, but after 3 back-to-back flop albums, she needs the attention.

    • July 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm
      @JanetCIARA_ says:
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      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

      • July 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm
        Centurion says:
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        Bye KFC. ???? ???? ????

  5. July 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm
    LB says:
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    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

    • July 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm
      Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) says:
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      Just like you let everyone slide in you… Mhm

      • July 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm
        LB says:
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        Just like you let Journals flop

      • July 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm
        Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) says:
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        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***

      • July 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm
        Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) says:
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        *partition

      • July 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm
        LB says:
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        Unlike Journals, BBHMM is actually charting

    • July 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm
      Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) says:
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      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

      • July 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm
        LB says:
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        Honey, save the novels and go buy Journals

  6. July 7, 2015 at 12:50 pm
    Royalkev says:
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    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. July 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm
    Stephon Maurice Jackson says:
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    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. July 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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    Rihanna and Beyonce could never. Not even Ariana or The Weeknd.
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  9. July 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    LB says:
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    She is sooooooo well spoken, good for her.

  10. July 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm
    Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) says:
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    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

  11. July 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm
    Ozzy says:
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    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.

    • July 7, 2015 at 1:11 pm
      Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) says:
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      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

      • July 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm
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        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*

    • July 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm
      Molly says:
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      Damn Ozzy we still waiting on that Ariana post?? chile

      • July 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm
        Ozzy says:
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        OKAY!

    • July 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm
      What now says:
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      KIIII

  12. July 7, 2015 at 1:10 pm
    LB says:
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    “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.

    SCREAMING!!!!!!!! CRYING!!!!!!!! I CANNOT!!!!!

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  13. July 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm
    Molly says:
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    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.

  14. July 7, 2015 at 1:27 pm
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    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.
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    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.
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    She seems very comfortable in this interview.

  15. July 7, 2015 at 1:28 pm
    LB says:
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    Nevermind the doughnuts, who is that guy she is with?

  16. July 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm
    #TeamTinashe Stan says:
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    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.

    • July 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm
      Ozzy says:
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      I like your comments on here. Always on point! *thumbs up*

    • July 7, 2015 at 1:45 pm
      Mark111 says:
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      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.

    • July 7, 2015 at 1:54 pm
      Stephon Maurice Jackson says:
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      YESSS! Where is that Ariana post at SAMANTHA???

  17. July 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm
    Mark111 says:
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    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.

    • July 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm
      Stephon Maurice Jackson says:
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      DAMN! Now, you don’t even like Mariah’s daughter. You just don’t like the Carey family huh?

      • July 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm
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        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!

      • July 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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        You betta speak on it

  18. July 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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    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.

  19. July 7, 2015 at 2:03 pm
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    Not Americano Grande being a sugarmama at such a young age. She really is obsessed with Mariah Carey isn’t she.

  20. July 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm
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    Feeling Myself
    #42 The Bahamas
    #58 Nigeria
    #117 Dominica
    #118 South Africa
    #138 Anguilla
    #146 Saint Kitts and Nevis
    #170 Antigua and Barbuda
    #178 United States
    #195 Namibia

    http://memeguy.com/photos/images/balls-of-nonchalant-steel-10476.gif

  21. July 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm
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    I wanna know if she got to meet Janet after the tribute. That would be cool and long overdue.

  22. July 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm
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    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.

  23. July 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm
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    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

  24. July 7, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    I like Ciaras persona. She doesnt come off ass rude or bitchy at all *side eyes another artist*

    • July 7, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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      She had to humble herself after FLOPPING so many times. *reads the Ciara diaries*

  25. July 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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    SHE’S SWEET. I JUST HATE HER FANS.

    • July 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm
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      Why?

    • July 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm
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      Yeah, they’re nasty.

  26. July 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm
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    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.

  27. July 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm
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    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?????

    • July 7, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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      she has but have she acknowledge you?

  28. July 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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    She has a way of dodging and avoiding questions like the plague. I noticed that too when Charlamagne came for her on TBC.

  29. July 7, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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    She seemed bitter and salty about the Tinashe question! She can stay mad Tinashe sings and dances better then her!

    • July 7, 2015 at 5:21 pm
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      Ooooopsssssss!!!

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        singing yes but clearly the world thinks otherwise about dancing boo

  30. Now Playing: "No Sleeep" by Janet
    July 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm
    Amanda D. says:
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    The tribute for Jan was pretty good. My only complaint was that it wasn’t longer. Like wtf, BET?

    • July 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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      You do know that the BET tribute was like 6 secs longer than the Janet tribute Usher, Mya, and Pink did, right?

  31. July 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm
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    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.

  32. July 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm
    Ben says:
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    i hope she comes to germany (hamburg)! she’s so positive and a great performer

  33. July 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm
    Profit Minded says:
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    $5 Just for signing up!!

    http://youthvisit.com/?user=10955

  34. July 7, 2015 at 9:35 pm
    John says:
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    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

  35. July 8, 2015 at 3:28 am
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    Love Ciara; great vibes:real good interview…, please come to Hawaii before I move,

  36. July 8, 2015 at 9:33 am
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    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!

  37. July 9, 2015 at 7:37 am
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    “NO SLEEP” has been completely eliminated from the Hot 100!!!! Told ya so!!!! 😉

    • July 9, 2015 at 8:07 am
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      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**********.

      • July 9, 2015 at 8:12 am
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        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

      • July 9, 2015 at 8:51 am
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        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.

      • July 9, 2015 at 9:12 am
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        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. 😆

      • July 9, 2015 at 9:46 am
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        @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.

      • July 9, 2015 at 10:30 am
        Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) says:
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        Don’t pay the trolls any mind @Shady81, they can’t read or sit with you.

  38. July 9, 2015 at 10:39 am
    Shady81 says:
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    Thank You @Slayonce Giselle Knowles Carter for the kind words.

  39. July 9, 2015 at 11:04 am
    Iconic Cici says:
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    Queen shitt

    Love her she the most kind hearted woman in music.

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    Nice interview

  41. July 11, 2015 at 2:39 am
    Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) says:
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    Why is this post STILL up though? ????

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