Polow Da Don Talks Ciara and Keri Hilson ‘Beef’, Collabo, & More

Published: Friday 31st Dec 2010 by Sam

Hitmaker Polow Da Don talked to our good friend Sandra Rose recently about the much publicized ‘beef’ between R&B starlets Ciara and Keri Hilson.

Polow, real name Jamal Jones, has worked with both singers, producing hits such as Ciara’s ‘Promise’, and much of Hilson’s discography (unsurprising, given that she’s co-signed to his label).

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Check out his ‘interesting’ comments regarding the supposedly ‘settled’ dispute, as well as news on Hilson’s 3rd LP, below.

Polow told Sandrarose.com exclusively that he had a long talk with Keri, whose CD, No Boys Allowed, sold 102k in the first week. He said that as soon as the holidays are over they will head back into the studio to start working on her new album.

“As soon as [Keri’s] album came out, I was like, ‘yo, we did good, you know, we survived the sophomore jinx or whatever,’” said Polow. “But now it’s time to go in and make the best music we ever made and just like, all the way connect with the people, and just take it to another level.”

Polow got the rumor mill working overtime when he took to his new Twitter page 2 days ago and tweeted: “KERI/CIARA COLABO IN 2011.”
A collabo between the gorgeous studio singers is still up in the air at this point. But Polow makes it clear that the track could become a reality after the New Year.

Polow was quick to tell me that the much-hyped animosity between Ciara and Keri was a “pretend beef.” Alluding to Ciara’s disappointing 37K in sales of her latest CD, Basic Instinct, Polow vowed to “do everything I can to help [Ciara] turn it around.”.

“Me and Ciara, we’ve always been cool through everything,” he said. “And then Monica, of course, we’re family — and her and Keri are real close.”
Polow described his artist Keri as “humble.” He said Keri still hasn’t lived down the flack she received from Ciara fans about the remix that featured lyrics supposedly dissing Ciara.

“Ciara thought she was talking about her when she wasn’t talking about her in particular,” he said. “I had a lot to do with it. I told Ciara, ‘yo, Keri didn’t even want to say half the sh*t she said in that remix.’ I just kept pushing it and pushing it, and then it leaked.

“Now it’s a whole year and a half later, and [Keri] still has to face that remix. She still hasn’t lived that down,” he said.

He continued: “I could never get Keri and Ciara on the same page. Every chance I would get – every time Ciara would want something – I would say, ‘well, you know, you need to do something with Keri. Talk to Keri,’ and she said, ‘nah, I ain’t fooling with that’ and then Keri would say the same thing.”
Polow said he slipped into his big brother role to finally bring about a positive resolution:

“Eventually, I talked to Keri, ’cause, you know, we have a good working relationship – she’s signed to my label – I said, ‘yo, you have to stop being retarded and really nip this Ciara thing in the bud.’ I said to the both of them, ‘yo, it’s somebody out there waiting on both of y’all spots,” he said.

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Can you say controversy causer? As much as I respect Polow’s body of work, he shot himself in the foot with this one. For, he (indadvertedly) made it crystal clear that he is the chief instigator here. Hence, how ironic is it, then, that he assumes the role of mediator too? Messy.

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  1. Music Lover December 31, 2010

    I ma need for Keri Hilson to stop getting press off Ciara and this stupid ass so called “BEEF”

  2. Anthony December 31, 2010

    Yeah, he should not have done that and now it will only cause his artist to second guess his opinions more than ever before.

  3. Beystanbish December 31, 2010

    Next. Two irrelevant B****** fighting for the lesser spot.

  4. harvey December 31, 2010

    Dame POLOW….and yall see why keri had MASSIVE PROMO.3rd album here we come I wonder what it will sound like.

  5. CURLY SUE December 31, 2010

    CIARA WHO? EXACTLY.

  6. UGh December 31, 2010

    you associate with Sandra Rose????????? YUCK

  7. Dave December 31, 2010

    I don’t want them to work together. It’s clear @ this point Ciara isn’t too fond of Keri, & Keri back then wasn’t to fond @ ci & Vice-versa. & at this point I sense tension & Polow only added. He wasn’t in Ciara’s best interest or “Cool.” What happened to the “Never Ever” (Remix) Ciara kept asking for? Oh… :O He thought somebody forget. He on that bull. I want Ciara to work with talented people who have her best interest at heart. Who cares for her deeply, & will give her the best material. I’m glad SOUNDZ has signed on for Ciara’s 2011 recordings. I want Bangladesh, Pharell & the Neptunes, Danja, Dr. Luke, & probably Timb. Everyone else can fall back.

  8. Music Lover December 31, 2010

    Child this is so f****** Messy. Polow Confirmed every f****** thing about that stupid dumb ass remix. Keri needed a way in.. She needed a buzz desperately and that remix got her in the game.

    Now Keri feeling guilty and bad that she came in the game all salty, cocky and NOT liked because of Polow fat ass pushing her to do something she didnt want to do.

    Keep saying that remix wasnt about Ciara or Beyonce is a f****** lie!! Its been over a year and a half already.

    The less you can do is say who it was about and said I was wrong blah blah blah and the f****** END.

    Until then, Keri Hilson will always be known as the cocky new coming b**** coming for the ESTABLISHED well known b****** who sold millions of records and put in work.

    I think CIARA going on USTREAM with Keri f***** Ciara up completely. It gave Keri Hilson a breath of fresh air. She can breathe. She can see her @ replies on twitter at ease knowing Ciara stans wont drag her brutally .

    Like “X” “Y” and “Z”

    I’m OUT!

  9. JESSIKA WILES December 31, 2010

    KERI HILSON DOES EVERYTHING BETTER SHE CAN SONG WRITE THATS WHAT SHE HAS TO FALL BACK ON CIARA ON THE OTHER HAND CAN MODEL BUT THEN AGAIN CIARA LOOKS WILL FADE & KERI SONG WRITING WILL STAY KERI HILSON IS BETTER DA F*** POLO LOL? TIMBALAND GOT KERI BACK FOR SURE AND TIMBO WILL ALWAYS HAVE IT ON THE OTHER HAND CIARA IS DONE SO YEAH

  10. Redbonechick22 December 31, 2010

    nooen cares about such shits. ciara go ur way. keri go ur way. pollow who r u??? ok ure a hitmaker, good for u but NEXT… HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

  11. Jinx Moneypenny December 31, 2010

    Polow has proven himself to be quite the queen, a cunty one at that, and whenever he has something to say, I read and then forget what he said because he’s so f****** stupid.

    My only memory of his tidbits? Boy is that n**** stupid, lawd.

  12. toni December 31, 2010

    @jessika wiles

    you must not know that Ciara is also a songwriter and signed was signed as a songwriter at 15 years old, plus she wrote songs on ALL her albums and will continue to get checks for publishing.

  13. Jordan December 31, 2010

    WOW i forgot about that Remix Keri did. No wonder Ciara stopped working with Polow for a while.

    This is verry messy lol. But I like the sound of a duet. Reminds me of the feud with Brandy and Monica and their collab “The Boy is Mine” back in the day.

  14. Drew December 31, 2010

    Whatever. Just give me new Ciara and Keri albums.

  15. theman December 31, 2010

    Ciara should leave this dude alone. Why the hell would she work with someone who instigated all of this bs. Keri is okay but there is some sorta arrogance or something lurking around her. First of all u do not come for successful artists when u are trying to make a name for yourself. They actually turned alot of people off that probably would have supported her. How is he gonna start this crap and then try to act like it’s okay. Now he wants to say the track got leaked ? Really ? You were the one that did it, i mean Keri is signed to his label, and he is very good friends with her.

    Keri is a decent artists, but he acts like she is some Megastar. She’s still trying to climb her way up. Ciara is humble and down to earth. She is gonna be fine. She has sold millions of units. She doesn’t need Polow, he needs to focus on producing rather than causing controversy. Keri probably knew that this was a bad idea herself. You see how much flack she took for it.

  16. tyler December 31, 2010

    ciara sucks end of story i did not like her when goodies came out and i STILL don’t like her. when i 1st heard keri hilson i was like damn thats my b****. If you don’t have confidence and arrogance like you know you are the s*** and you want this. then im not checkin for you. You can be humlbe and arrogant at the same time. Mariah Carey does it all the time. but the leona lewis “oh i can’t believe im here” s*** will make me forget you.

    im for team keri ima buy no boys allowed again tomorrow.

    Oh and congrats to keri Pretty Girl Rock is #31 on the hot 100. It has charted higher than Ciara’s Ride. LMFAOO

  17. Dave December 31, 2010

    Well Tyler why are you on this post? Regardless Ciara had the MONEY to support her own album solely. It’s clear things wasn’t gone go good w/ “Basic Instinct” not w/o the support for her team. & Still Ciara’s 1st album is still triumphing over all Keri’s albums, no shade.. & her 2nd album did bigger numbers than both Keri’s 1st & 2nd albums. I didn’t wanna say nothing about Keri, but I feel the need to now. Just stating facts. Ciara’s still gone go strong regardless. That woman is a BEAST! & finally Keri got a hit by herself.

  18. Traci Summers December 31, 2010

    ITS SAD. CIARA LOOL HAS BEEN SHITTING AND CHECK HER SALES. KERI HILSON IS STARTING TO GET SHINE AND SHE HAS THE NERVE?????? POLOW UR STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A APOOR MANS KANYE WEST. AND!!! NICKI STANS. DID U SEE WHAT HE SAID ABOUT KERI JUST STARTING AND DISSING LEGENDS. EXACTLY. SAME WAY NICKI DISSED KIM TO GET A WAY IN … LOL THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT B****** NICKI IS GOING TO EXPOSED NEXT.. YES I SAID IT N DONT FORGET IT

  19. antonio December 31, 2010

    @TYLER, PGR may have charted higher, but which song is Gold, I think Ride is, 700K downloads, what about PGR. Let’s see Keri get 9 Platinum singles and 5 Gold singles, a triple platinum album and platinum album, or how about one of the highest awards in music for a female artist, the Billboard Woman of the Year. Enough Said. Keri Hilson may be bigger than Ciara right now, but Ciara can easily bounce back with the right promo and marekting. Fantasy Ride and Basic Instinct weren’t promoted/marketed right which is why sold low and are selling low.

  20. Traci Summers December 31, 2010

    @antonio ITS TRU CIARAS THAT TYPE OF ARTIST WITH THE RIGHT PROMO AND SONG SHE WILL BOUNCE BACK AND KILL YOUR FAVES ALL OVER AGAIN.. I MEAN WHO WAS AROUND WHEN RIDE CAME OUT?????????? ESPECIALLY GIMMIE DAT.

  21. Javon December 31, 2010

    So polow started this f*** him and keri hilson he just made keri lose a great fan he just basicly said he started the dum s***……….Ciara come back hard on this h** and whack ass dude Ciara num1 f*** all these other R&B bitchs Ciara alwayz forever will be yo biggest fan

  22. Javon December 31, 2010

    And plus ciara did basic instinct all with her money independent for show lets see keri pay for her own album

  23. Royalkev December 31, 2010

    I don’t excuse Keri for anything… Palow instigated the entire thing, but Keri still recorded the song. She wasn’t exactly tied up and held against her will at gunpoint. Noone cares anymore about the Keri diss and to be honest Keri is not someone I’m interseted in seeing get involved with a “power” duet. I’m sorry, but she can’t keep up with Ciara on stage or in a video. I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t steal the show if they team up with Keri. I think she’s just moving on to album 3, because this album is wack!

  24. ~aMaZiNG.Lee~ December 31, 2010

    LMAO @ BeystanBish!

  25. RI RI THE BEST December 31, 2010

    i knew i knew iknew it!!1 ever since that shady a** interview polow made sure keri got in the game and added that remix on the lil hype she had already lol but all i can say is god dont like ugly and he works in mysterious ways im glad this happened just know dat girl ciara doesnt have the spirit of a quiter so she will not she knows she was setup and blackballed but is still going stong she is going to be ok,,,,,,,,,,keri enjoy what you doing cause god dont like ugly……

  26. RI RI THE BEST December 31, 2010

    lmao karma is a bish keri……

  27. Che’s_Beret January 1, 2011

    *Sigh* I think it’s quite clear that there was no animosity between these ladies before Polow’s bitchass started instigating now it seems neither one can escape this “beef”….

  28. Javon January 1, 2011

    @Ri Ri the best yepp she badest b**** too!!

  29. Yellow Gorillah January 1, 2011

    Who even cares

    two flops fighting

    but I’m on Ciara side *Sips Monkey Juice*

    Goodies still shits on keri’s career !

  30. ChEeRfUl CyNiC XD January 1, 2011

    u should have put a pic up of what he looks like now

  31. ChEeRfUl CyNiC XD January 1, 2011

    lol just read it he is MESSY

  32. antonio January 1, 2011

    Goodies 2,750,000 US/5,000,000 WW
    Goodies #1 for 7 weeks (top 10 over 15 countries)
    1,2 Step #2 (top ten in over 15 countries)
    Oh #2 (top 10 in over 10 countries)
    Keri Hilson’s career – total sales a little over 800K
    Knock You Down #3 (top 10 in over 10 countries)
    One album by Ciara shits on Keri’s career 5x over, it’ll take Keri to get to 4th or 5th album to match the success of Goodies and with album sales in general going down due to illegal downloads she might not even reach that. Now who’s a flop. B**** if you are gonna come at somebody who has actually achieved success by on her own, at least have something to back yourself up with. Polow Da Don wack ass produced Ciara’s best song, which she wrote and not one Keri Hilson song or video comes close to Promise.

  33. jwellz10 January 1, 2011

    THAT’S WHY CIARA LAST COUPLE OF TWEETS HAVE BEEN ABOUT “FRIENDSHIPS” & STUFF..CIARA NEEDS TO STAY AWAY FROM BOTH POLOW & KERI (#NOSHADE)..ABOUT THE A DUET..UMM..NO..I LIKE BOTH ARTIST BUT I JUST CAN’T SEE CIARA & KERI DOING A SONG TOGETHER..I HOPE THIS WHOLE BEEF BETWEEN CIARA & KERI IS LEFT IN 2010 & NOT BROUGHT UP IN 2011..IT REALLY WAS NEVER A BEEF TO BEGIN WITH..I JUST HOPE THAT THEY GET THE FIGHTING..JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE CELEBRITIES DON’T MEAN THEY DON’T REACT TO THINGS THAT WE DO..THEY ARE HUMAN AS WELL

  34. WorldWideWaddie.com January 1, 2011

    A gay man doing what gays do best…being messy.

  35. Lala January 1, 2011

    I am a Keri fan. What Polow did was stupid, but he is the producer. They can pursuade an artist that’s signed to them to do anything especially when it’s a new artist. That’s what Keri said about the remix. I don’t think Keri will do a duet with Ciara, but we’ll see. Polow needs to stop this s***. Let Ciara’s label take care of her and he take care of Keri.

  36. Jojo T January 1, 2011

    All I can say is 102K in the first week verses 37K!! And a 3rd album next year!! Talk about her if you want too, but the girl is hot. Leave her alone…

  37. theman January 1, 2011

    102k ? Your point ? That is good/decent for Keri but it’s not like many people haven’t done that. People are acting like Keri is mega huge lol. Polow is egging this on a little to much, i think he’s also trying to draw press to Keri’s album by doing this, he’s being an idiot. Ciara should not work with Polow. Keri is still climbing. What are you people talking about. Ciara will be fine. Atleast she knows who not to deal with.

    If your gonna be arrogant it has to be in a subdued way. Keri is okay as an artist, but she is in no way shape or form in condition to try and act arrogant.

  38. jes January 1, 2011

    I also agree its doesn’t excuse Keri behavior and cocky attiude. Ciara its your call but Polow nor Keri are loyalty in business and definitely not friendship material. why does this guy sounds as if he’s doing Ciara a favor by working with her. Keep smiling Ciara i love your spirit this will pass in time just do the right thing sometime it means waliking away from so called friends.

  39. the cool January 1, 2011

    something told me keri wasnt stupid. it was that ni**a being h**ish, i dont know about the collabo but he could help out ciara cause im one of the 37 thousand and was sick to hear we only got her to that num. but polow is still a b***h

  40. BrealK January 1, 2011

    There is always a stupid male involved in all catfights. I’m just disgusted at how females are dumb enough to take the bait. Females need to learn to communicate with one another and uplift each other.

  41. imo January 1, 2011

    in atl, it was clear as day that polow started it, he said the same thing on a radio show a long time ago about it. I guess it’s more interesting to see ladies fight than loving each other. I’m still in a shock how ciara came out knocking everybody down and only one of the few to hold hers against Beyonce, to be this low in her short career.

  42. mindgames January 1, 2011

    Sandra is a wack b****

    so is Polow. he was the reason for that damn keri vs ciara/beyonce b*******. yall should drag HIM and not keri

  43. phard January 1, 2011

    To me this just shows what a trooper Keri is. She deals with the back lash of that song till this day , but she just keeps on pushing and fighting and gainine respect. In a many ways Polow hurt Keri from being a big artist, whether a lot of beyonce and ciara fans will admit it they were feeling Keri and more than likely would have supported her is it weren’t for that remix.

  44. TJ January 1, 2011

    aight, I love me some Ciara and I’ve recently become a Keri stan, but the both of em on one track……i don’t know about that one. It really does just sound like a flatout mess.

    The only way I could see the two of them collaborating is if they added Missy Elliot on the song too.

    Now THAT record would SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

  45. LTM January 1, 2011

    i still dont like that b****

  46. VA STAND UP!!! January 1, 2011

    *DEAD* at ‘gorgeous studio singers’ LMAO!

    Anywho…um yeah…Ok Polow! This interview was interesting to say the least! SMH! I don’t think this is gonna help the ‘situation’ at all! Their fans are already going back and forth at each other on twitter. SMH. The madness will never end. Personally I don’t think that she shuold have ever done that ‘Turnin Me On’ remix. She might not ever live that down. Maybe with Ciara stans, cause they are flaky as hell, but NEVER with Bey stans!

    If they do the record together that could be a decent. Lord knows Ciara ain’t the best singer, but Keri isn’t the best performer, so they may balance each other off. At this point I think that might be the best for Ciara cause it doesn’t seem like too many people are checking for own music right now! Maybe having Keri on the track will get her some well needed shine. I just wonder how the video will be, Ciara can definitely outshine her in that aspect of it. *shrugs* I wish them both the best of luck at this point cause this ish is beyond tired! SMH.

    S/N: Polow looks good in that pic! Damn! What happend?? -_-

  47. WHOW January 1, 2011

    Bottom line is people just dont want to see ciara succeed.
    Its all about envy and jelousy, and keeping your fav up in the air while treu hard working artist like ciara fade away.starting rumors, taking time to wright something ugly or disrespectful towards an artist they personaly don’t know.
    But it is what it is. Its sad to see how many people do this on a daily basses and not having a cleu at what they doing to a persons life.
    Keri should of had said no IN THE FIRST PLACE and hasnt still give us a reason to not doubt her on who she really is
    As for ciara Hard work and a humble aditute will give you the Brand of one of the greatest and hard working artist of all time.
    Forget HATERS.

  48. legendtina January 2, 2011

    So the verdict is…. Ciara sucks and Keri is Here now. bye bye c-error. lol keri has made me a stan. i never liked ciara. PrettyGirlRock is slaying the charts.

    knock you down is 3x platinum world wide
    turnin me on 2x platinum world wide
    pretty girl rock is almost Gold and is #31 on Hott 100

    If she releases lose control or toy soldier next. Then Keri will have 2 more hits under her belt and things will get interesting

  49. Dawnababe January 2, 2011

    Well personally, I like them both. I
    mean both of them are doin good and polow is messy for that remix. I think they should settle the dispute cuz it’s a new year and you should let all that old crap go cuz you shouldn’t hold a grudge cuz itz not good.

  50. nassam January 2, 2011

    why ya’ll coming out with all this speech’s which to me is a raw material and dos’nt sound good what ya’ll should know is that we are in the new year and we need change and prayers cos days are flying up like the birds and we need to put pass and move the new 2011 up,my point is that people still don’t know days are moving, ask your self when u seat in the office as a new manager and u are been ask to go, why, am i going, for pension this is the answer u are grown and u need to back up for other’s to come in so this beef,s***,f***,b****,damn.b*******,watever will never lead us to anyway but to to transfare it to our kids,is that what we where brought in the earth to do naaaa.so please u should rather comment on how to solve the problem down and bring happiness.thank u and happy new year.stay bless

  51. Ayoo’ January 2, 2011

    MY LORD POLLOW DA WHATEVER HIS NAME IS IS SEXXXXXXXY!!!

  52. jared January 3, 2011

    I LOVE Ciara..but her last 2 albums have been such flops and marketed soOo poorly…this poor girls needs to ger her career together before *poof*..its all goneeee..

  53. kingka January 5, 2011

    sooo lets talk real S*** !!!

    polow made the remix wid t-pain and keri…. ciara left t-pain and polow cuz she wasnt on the hot toddy track on ushers album, the remix of never ever dont see the light till today

    polow saw that he could make money with a bad strategy, all the s*** happens to ciara !!!

    keri cants sing cant dance (B.E.T performance, all the promo now) ciara cant sing too but not so bad like keri but she can dance her ass off like a pro !!!

    I hope ciara dont get in touch with polow and keri- never ever !!!

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