Hot Shots: Ciara At VH1 ‘Save The Music’ Benefit Bash

Published: Wednesday 27th Oct 2010 by Sam

R&B star rocked the red carpet last night at the ‘Ultimate Face-Lift’ gala to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The event, which took place at Lord & Taylor‘s in New York, was also attended by the city’s mayor Michael Bloomberg – who was snapped posing with the stunning ‘Ride’ singer.

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Randomness: While we evidently take to Ms. Harris here at That Grape Juice, it’s impossible to side-step the fact there’s some serious BS popping off behind the scenes with this ‘Basic Instinct’ project.

All signs point to the album itself having been finished some time ago; yet, despite dropping one of the hottest videos of the year with ‘Gimmie Dat’, her promotional train has barely left the station. No televised performances and minimal interviews. Do her team expect to cram the bulk of her promo-push into the week of release and/or after? If so, they may be in for a rude awakening. Singles, as most know, are used as vehicles to drive album sales. Hence if the singles aren’t being pushed (and believe that both ‘Speechless’ and ‘Gimmie Dat’ are already available on iTunes), then what do they expect back in terms of album sales?

As sad as it is to say, it’s all looking rather bleak at the moment; which has me really itching to see Ciara manage to turn it all around. For, on her end – she appears to be fulfilling her obligations as an artist (delivering hit worthy material, bettering herself as a performer – both vocally and with the choreography); yet the forces around her don’t seem to be syncing to make it all work.

Regardless of how this all pans out, it will be oh-so-interesting to see what changes, if any at all, Ms. Harris makes  (see: label, management, image) after riding this campaign out.

‘Basic Instinct’ hits stores December 14th.

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  1. bjksolo October 27, 2010

    B-E-AU-TI-FUL!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU CIARA 🙂 #BASICINSTINCT IN STORES 12.14.10!!! 🙂

  2. rexy October 27, 2010

    Sam I agree with everything you said, she spend all this time going to these red carpet events and not promoting her songs, I’ve never heard gimme dat on the radio,I saw her tweeting the other day about gimmie dat being #1 on the BB lmao, this girl is a joke, if her album fails she deserves it, ride has been out since may and even today the only televised appearance she did was 106 n park, she and her team is definetly not serious about her career

  3. Becca October 27, 2010

    hopefully she gets dropped and signs with someone who can promote her better
    i love cici and all her songs this era, but the label aren’t doing her justice.

  4. CIARADABESS October 27, 2010

    I’m not going to be delusional, so i kind of agree.

    However, this is mostly not her fault.

  5. Mariah is better Ciara sucks October 27, 2010

    Mariah Carey’s new album leaked… 🙂

  6. CIARADABESS October 27, 2010

    A lot of people sleep on Ciara which is the sad part and it pisses me off.

    If thisalbum doesn’t do good.

    NO MORE music for Ciara.

    I think i would kill myself.

    this is just f****** sad smh

  7. Zahra Brown October 27, 2010

    I blame Ciara too. When JoJo was mistreated by her label, she vented her frustrations and got a legal team involved. In contrast, Ciara just poses in magazines, walks the red carpet, and follows behind Kim Kardashian like a puppy dog. Her career is going down fast unless she does something!

  8. CIARADABESS October 27, 2010

    HOW THE F*** DOES SHE DESERVE TO FAIL AND SHE IS ONE OF THE MOST HUMBLE SWEET PEOPLE????????

    SHE WORKS DAMN HARD AND PEOPLE JUST SLEEP ON HER AND DO THE WHOLE COMPARISON B*******. SHE IS F****** TALENTED

    SHE CAN OUT PERFORM ALL THE FAVS ON THE RADIO RIGHT NOW

  9. KNUCK October 27, 2010

    I think it’s sad… I have bought all of her albums and I think she makes great music.

    Ci can only perform at things that her team set up for her.. where is her MANAGER? Sonja Norwood would NEVER. I would say maybe the venues just don’t want Ciara there, but that wouldn’t make sense. The girl kills the stage.

    Personally I feel like “Gimme Dat” was a bad single choice because it’s too dance and not urban enough. If they wanted to keep the “theme” of this era going they should have released something harder. She hasn’t even fully won the urban audience over again and they are already shoving her on the pop audience. The pop audience is fickle and they didn’t like “work” so why would they release “Gimme Dat”? I love “Speechless” but in the video she didn’t even TRY and she probably needed a harder edged song at radio. I just CAN’T sometimes!

  10. Dontazz October 27, 2010

    I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THATS BEING SAID…ALTHOUGH THIS IS A PART OF CIARAS JOB TO BE ON RED CARPETS TO PROMOTE HER GIVENCHY CONTRACT..{SHE IS THE MUSE}..HER REAL FOCUS SHOULD BE BASIC INSINCT! AND ACTUALLY THE LABEL HAS SPENT MONEY ON HER ONCE AGAIN WITH 3 VIDEOS BEFORE THE ALBUM DROPS! HONESTLY SHE DOES NEED MORE APPEARANCES ,PERFORMANCES ASAP TO REAAALY PUSH THIS PROJECT!! I AM A TRUE FAN BUT IM NOT STUPID..CI CI THIS IS IT BABY..IT PISSES ME OFF BUT ITS TRUE—GET ON YOUR GRIND WITH THIS ALBUM OR ITS CURTAINS……………………………………

  11. Candice October 27, 2010

    Ciara has really come into her own. She looks beautiful.

    Gimmie Dat goes to itunes next week. Basic Instinct in December.

    When Kelly gonna do it ?

  12. Simply Phillip Brown October 27, 2010

    Why do the heels or pumps she wears, never go with the outfits? ( I know that was random)

    Back To The Topic – – > I do agree, she should be on everyone from “Wendy williams ” To “Jay Leno”.

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  13. GangsterA October 27, 2010

    ciara looks hawt and i agree with sam i started to wonder if this album really coming out

  14. Trina October 27, 2010

    DUMBASS FLOP ASS B**** !! IT’S A WRAP FOR HER !! THAT B**** ABSOLUTLY DESERVES TO FLOP HARD TO MAKE HER REALISE WHAT SHE REALLY IS SUPPOSED TO DO !! SKANKY FLOP ASS S*** !!

  15. Carmello October 27, 2010

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^have some f****** dignity

  16. Carmello October 27, 2010

    I feel bad for Ciara because I know she works hard. However, her team needs to pull in the promotion…..LIKE NOW.

    I honestly do not know what is going on and why they are not promoting. Usually when they do that. is because they feel like the album isn’t going nowhere and I hope that is not the case.

    If they start promotion in mid November, that will be great and with an AMA performance this album can go somewhere.

    If No major award show performance, I don’t see this album going anywhere, unless they pull something really crazy.

    You had

    Goodies (Amazing album) (success)

    Evolution (amazing album) (Success) “So Hard” Should of been released as a single. “Do It’ should of been released as a single.

    Fantasy Ride (Different but not that amazing) (flop) Songs like “Like a Surgeon” “Turntables feat. Chris Brown” and High Price would of saved the album.

    and now we have Basic Instinct

    Ride Feat. Ludacris (Great song and had success)

    Gimmie Dat & Speechless (Not a great choice of single but good videos)

    That is three singles already like WTF.

    SMH at Ciara’s team

    and I feel so bad for Ciara (because she is a true talent. She can dance. Perform the hell out of a stage and her music videos never disappoint)

  17. ME October 27, 2010

    she’s on every1’s red carpet but when is she actually gonna promote and such??

  18. *3 October 27, 2010

    Ditto but I cant see Gimme that on itunes tho…? speechless is there, true..HIT? no… Ride was great! could be a keeper for her album and her other smash..I do feel sorry for her cos I feel that she’s reeeeaaaallly trying!!!!!!! OK she’s not the best vocalist ever, but if we put her with those non-great vocalists – Cassie, Rihanna its even hard to put her there cos she’s trying soooo hard! It will pay off… HAS TO!

  19. GROW UP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! October 27, 2010

    @bjksolo

    B-E-AU-TI-FUL!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU CIARA

    DITTO

  20. Soulful Roses October 27, 2010

    She gorgeous 🙂

  21. will wats ci 4 life October 27, 2010

    Ci looks s***.. and for that grape juice to say her songs is on i tunes it doesn’t hit i tunes till nov.2 dumbasses.. smh its sad that all these blogs complain about ciara doing this and that but yall stay posting negative s***.. smh its sad ciara knows wtf she got to do she said she has alot of tv things coming up daaaaaammmmnn.. and whoever the dumbass who said she tweeted about gimme dat bein number 1 on billboard u need to stop lying cuz i follow her on twitter i see all her tweets and she never said such a thing.. WITH THIS BEING SAID CIARA GONE GET IT TOGETHER AND COME FOR ALL THESE R&B B****** THIS WINTER.. LETS GO CI.. SHECAN OUT PERFORM ANYBODY YALL LISTEN TO.. and why does it matter if she hangs with kim she is her f***** friend wtf she can hang around who the f*** she wants.. smh ppl just act so dum sometimes.. feeding into the b******* that these blogs say sad ass f****.. BASIC INSTINCT DEC.14,2010

  22. AnnaYEAH3X October 27, 2010

    WILL WATS CI 4 LIFE : why u bein so DELUSIONNAL. I see your comment is full fo anger : truth hurts! everything that’s been said there is nun but the truth!

  23. KELENDRIA ROWLAND October 27, 2010

    Look we all know this. The public knows, her haters know, HER OWN FANS for cfucking sake know: Basic Instinct will B-O-M-B HARD.
    The least she can do is w**** it out instead of going from event to event promoting outfits and shoes.

    SAD. Its a wrap for you Ciara. Your own fans know that.

  24. Danni October 27, 2010

    she looks absolutely stunning

  25. STRAX October 27, 2010

    Forget the music, she is s*** as hell. Not the greatest artist out at the moment in honesty…

  26. J-Wellz October 27, 2010

    CIARA WILL BE PROMOTING IN NOVEMBER ..SHE WILL BE IN AUSTRALIA FROM NOV.19-NOV.25 PROMOTING THE ALBUM..SHE HAS SAID ON TWITTER THAT HER TEAM HAS A LOT OF COOL THINGS COMING TO PROMOTE THE ALBUM.AND YOU DUMB B****** SAYING THAT SHE’S ON A RED CARPET PROMOTING SHOES AND DRESS LOOK AT THE TITLE OF THE POST “VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC” BENEFIT..AND WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE WHO CIARA HANG AROUND.IM NOT GON LIE @ FIRST I WAS WORRIED ABOUT CIARA HANGING OUT WITH KIM BUT WHEN I WATCHED “KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS”..KIM IS REALLY NICE & SWEET

    BASIC INSTINCT 12-14-2010 #TEAMCIARA

  27. Spunkypoop October 27, 2010

    I smell FISHY FRANKS! — Your so right her promotional train has not left the station yet. WTH!!!

  28. BENJAMIN October 27, 2010

    Ciara looks great in these shots. Jay Sean may want to avoid wearing that blouse again though.

  29. UMMM…………………. October 27, 2010

    I don’t know that we can blame her “team”! I honestly believe that it’s this new, “controlled ” music industry! Those artists who have 360 deals are receiving all the attention from music excs/companies (see Lupa Fiasco & NAS). That means only a few artsists are receiving constant invitations to do radio interviews, mag covers, & make TV appearances. Nowdays it seems to be up to the fans to push the issue tor their favs which is sad!

    *I don’t care for the dress but her hair and make-up are perfect and those shoes are to die for…go CiCi!

  30. daboss8791 October 27, 2010

    I also agree with Sam, it seems like Ciara spends more time trying to get photo-ops with Kim Kardashian than she does promoting her album. I thought the dancing was great in ride, and I love her athleticism in Gimme Dat as well, however she has yet to come out with a hit. Poor Girl! If she thinks the Dream is going to be her savior, maybe someone should remind her about Mariah Carey’s last album.

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  31. RosaRubbel October 27, 2010

    I think this whole era has been just a fail. I like Ciara & I have been following her since ‘Goodies’, but I feel disappointed again. I still don’t get all these pushbacks, the only thing that’s clear to me is, it’s not Ciara’s fault her new project is handeled so wrong. It’s her team. Ciara is not responsible for the lack of performances.

  32. FUSION October 27, 2010

    Stunning – way better than yesterday’s outift. She’s looking gorgeous these days 🙂

  33. lola October 27, 2010

    You delusional STANS sound so damn stupid! Stop acting like you know all about the music business when you don’t! It’s Ciara’s fault that she isn’t going anywhere with an album. Will y’all listen to yourselves? Y’all say “She needs to be doing more performances and appearances.” Isn’t it funny how artists like Kesha, Justin Beiber, Iyaz, and Sean Kingston sold millions of albums worldwide and people only know them BECAUSE OF THEIR MUSIC NOT THEIR PERFORMANCES! These artists barely perform or didn’t perform much in the beginning of their careers on TV and still were impacting radio. Kesha’s auto tune b*** sold 2 MILLION COPIES OF ANIMAL WORLDWIDE!

    Ciara has a lot of control over what she wants to record for her newest albums since her first album was a success and her second had moderate success. She’s the one who chose Trickey Stewart and The Dream to record the majority of “Fantasy Ride” and she’s the one who came up with that stupid superhero idea.

    She now wants to “go back to her roots” and chose Trickey and The Dream again for this new flop and frankly, her material is very ghetto, amateurish, and not in. Her time is up. She’s like Ashanti. She came out right place and right time and got success at one point of her career but then everything went downhill. What do you expect from someone who can’t sing worth a lick and uses her a** to sell? It’s over with C-ERROR and this business isn’t for her. She needs to go to college instead of holding on to something that will never happen. She’s 25 and hasn’t achieved success like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and even Rihanna have. How embarrassing?

  34. BitchPlease October 27, 2010

    I will be glad when she starts promoting so ya’ll can stop crying like damn babies! Sitting up here talking like she in the hospital dying or something! Please Go sit down! I don’t know what’s it going to take for you bloggers to realize your hurting the situation more by making post complaining. I swear all you Ciara STANS are brainwashed by everything you hear and read about this woman smh. I know better trust me! And If you can’t be patient then dismiss your ass as a fan OK!

  35. Sarah October 27, 2010

    Ciara is not serious about her career. She would rather hang out B list and D list celebs than focus her tiime on getting her career together, I believe her 15 minutes are up. The same can be said for Kelly R. All her and Ciara does is take photoshoots, walk red carpets and hang out.

  36. imo October 27, 2010

    I honestly feel Ciara is happy now, though her music career isn’t progressing. To me she always wanted to be the “socialite, model type” and that’s exactly what she is doing. However, in doing so somewhere she lost focus on her music.

  37. MUSIC LOVER October 27, 2010

    Wow she looks amazing!!!!!! Ciara is one of the hottest chicks in the game period. People who disagree are petty fat beotches. Anyway I agree with everything said, I’ve been saying the same since April. Honestly without any promotion and poor choice of singles, this album will flop. I love Ciara, but at this point, I think her album should be shelved. She has released 3 singles and none have been a hit worldwide. She honestly needs to drop her management, get signed elsewhere, redo an album, and release it once this stupid dance electropop era is over. Love you Ciara, but this is the cold-hard truth!

  38. Freedownload October 27, 2010

    Leaked!!! Download Mariah’s new Chritmas album now > .multiupload.com

  39. queenB October 28, 2010

    girls is everywhere and doing everything BUT promoting her album i dont get it!

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