Official: Ciara Departs Epic Records

Published: Tuesday 8th Mar 2016 by Sam
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That Grape Juice was the first outlet to report news of Ciara‘s alleged departure from her recording home, Epic Records.

Weeks on, the label has confirmed the news – albeit subtly.

See what we mean below…

The refreshed roster page on Epic’s newly designed website sees Ciara’s name noticeably missing.

By no means an oversight, the up-to-date list already includes recent signees Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez – whose return to the label was announced just last week.

Per the initial source, Ci was granted release by Epic head L.A Reid after requesting it.

The news comes after the 2015 release of the singer’s 6th studio album ‘Jackie’ – which, despite yielding a Platinum hit ‘I Bet,’ did not fare well critically or commercially.

According to the diva, she is already working on her seventh LP.

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Ciara is at quite the interesting crossroad.

Now 30, she’s been a charting act for 12 years, has enjoyed ample success, yet has also had her fair share of challenges.

She’s now tasked with turning things around. We have our take on what her next step/s should be. But we want to know…

Your thoughts? 

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  1. #TeamTinashe Stan (#JOYRIDE…..) March 8, 2016

    She got DROPPED! Ooops! Sorry to hear that. Goodluck in your future endeavors CiCi! 😀

    It would be real PETTY if La Reid signed La’Britney on Epic Records as she is the Estrogen version look a like Ciara. Lol Hehe!
    SLAY!
    https://youtu.be/18dH00pmpMQ

    • MDNA March 8, 2016

      Chile not ‘estrogen’. Screamz!

      • Queen Phaedra March 8, 2016

        Chile you done made me spit out my carrot juice.

      • MDNA March 8, 2016

        Not CARROT JUICE lmaoooooooooooo

    • Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

      Did Tinashe go copper yet?

    • credits March 8, 2016

      Stop trying to promote this whack song.

    • FAF March 9, 2016

      Tinashe can’t even get her new era off the ground w her long face ass

      Ciara leaves labels once they don’t give her 3rd singles see basic instinct

      When u got money u do what u want when u poppin

      She gave them the only platinum hit from a solo act last yr

    • A&R March 9, 2016

      Ummm…. She’s a looker!! I’ll definitely give her a deeper look.

  2. Sharod March 8, 2016

    ☝Her next era will SLAY watch whst i tell ya.??

    • Mariah’s Little Lamb March 8, 2016

      shut the hell up say that every time she releases an album and then she ends up flopping harder is a fad 2004-2007 her time

      • Tickletot March 15, 2016

        Just because a album flops doesnt mean it cant slay. lots of good albums that dont sell are actually good.

        Not everyone needs to sell their soul to release good music.

  3. MDNA March 8, 2016

    Flopara. The flop journey continues. i wonder what molly and janetciara will say now. kiii

  4. Santana March 8, 2016

    I bet she’s moving to interscope or Capitol. I sense some greatness ahead.

    • Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

      I agree. Dr. Dre has been courting her for a while

      • Weezy Tha Goat March 9, 2016

        Dr Dre don’t want this flop lmao. He’s making millions on beats and is eating off Eminiem and Kendrick Lamar.

    • RNB fan March 9, 2016

      She’s her worst problem tho, Her songs suck

  5. Louis F Baby March 8, 2016

    Exactly what she needs?

  6. RASHAD March 8, 2016

    Good luck Cici!

    • Slaydele’s 25 March 8, 2016

      after Russell dumps her tomorrow for being an epic flop and ruining his image, she’ll need all the luck in the world…

      • Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

        Keep dreaming. Russell ain’t going anywhere. Ciara is for keeps. Now you go find you a good man and quit hating

  7. YOUR MADGEsty March 8, 2016

    She’s still going to make music? Hmmmmmmm.

    .

    I’m sorry but it’s time that she acknowledges and accepts that she was nothing more than a simple fad of the ‘crunk’ era in the mid-00’s, just like ‘T-Pain, D4L, MIMS, Petey Pablo, Chamillionaire’ etc. and move on. Sadly, she was never meant to have a career that lasted no more than a few years at best so she should be thankful for the success she did have between ’04-’08.

    .

    Anyhow, just like how Beyonce came and DESTROYED Ashanti and J.Lo and Amerie’s careers when she finally went solo, as soon as Rihanna released her iconic “GGGB” LP there definitely wasn’t going to be any space for Ciara anywhere; she simply had no chance whatsoever. Alicia Keys is the only other Black female of the 21st century Pop scene who can withstand beside HURRICANE BEY. and TROPICAL STORM RIH. now and it’s been like that since 2006. 😉

    • credits March 8, 2016

      I think keri Hilson filled Ciara’s void, musically of course in 2008-2009 and her album no boys allowed in 2010. This was when ciara was going pop and keri had her urban hits.

      • King Mark111 /.\ March 8, 2016

        Keri did have a top 3 and a too 20 hit, but again, Ciara was getting top 10s and too 2 hits left and right until really A Girl Like Me came along and ended it. Girl like Me and The Evolution sold exactly the same, but Rihanna sold more WW.

    • FORMATION IS RHYTHM NATION ’16 (Lana Del Fan) March 8, 2016

      T-Pain, though not as famous, still has relevance though.

    • Lea March 9, 2016

      No one destroyed Jlo’s career! She as well has her music has performed exactly the way it’s been meant to perform her entire career. And as of now she still has one and a good one at that. If anyone has had a solid career, even without the brought out Grammy’s (Matthew Knowles), awards, etc it’s Jlo. She may not be as successful as Beyonce in terms of album sales, but in terms of acting, performing, modeling, and star power your queen “ant” is still years behind. Call me when the deeply inspired theif is still relevant, still hot, and still able work a stage in her mid late 40’s. Bye!

    • A&R March 9, 2016

      Lol this is the truth uncensored. Wow!!! The only thing I can say is… The unthinkable can happen. Ciara has a decent name and lane that can coexist. She just need to stick to it. Be the Janet of our time. She may never be as big as BeyRhi but if she can stop the ballads!!!!!! No more national anthem attempts she can hang around. The pop music isn’t the issues. Her trying to be a vocalist is. And stop exploiting her love life. Ppl can see the come up. Smh

      • Lea March 10, 2016

        Truth!!!

    • Tickletot March 15, 2016

      @ Your magesty, though it is true, maybe she already has accepted it, maybe shes only doing it now because her fans request it, and besides if i got a platinum hit first single i would have a little hope aswell, wouldn’t you?

      A good artist never gives into defeat and keeps going no matter how real the struggle is. 🙂

  8. Queen Phaedra March 8, 2016

    Once my girl Porsha comes in here it will be a wrap hunny. chile

    • Slaydele’s 25 March 8, 2016

      A wrap for the label and all its credibility…

  9. Jamie March 8, 2016

    Oooh if TGJ not sounding like M** with that “first to bring you” line.lol

  10. Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

    Good for you, Cici. You have a good man, good life, a beautiful son. It’s time for bigger and better things.

    • Slaydele’s 25 March 8, 2016

      Having a good man and a son brings no income (unless Future pays child support).

      • Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

        It brings happiness

      • Mr. CEE March 9, 2016

        Check my girl’s net worth, boo. Clearly, unlike some of these girls, she doesn’t need music to pay the bills.
        #StayAllTheWayWithIt

  11. La Perra March 8, 2016

    So she was dropped… I mean poor dat… -#Cedric

    • Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

      And she’s still a millionaire with a successful man by her side while you’re still a broke hater. #PoorDat

      • Slaydele’s 25 March 8, 2016

        Ciara has the same amount of money as you, government assistance at $500/month plus WIC.

  12. Dior March 8, 2016

    Ciara will slay this time around…

    • Slaydele’s 25 March 8, 2016

      Don’t bet on it, sis.

  13. Slaydele’s 25 March 8, 2016

    What an EPIC flop of a career. I thought she had so much “Promise” with her career but she rather “1,2 Step” her “goodies” to being a fifth baby momma and a celebrity groupie and coattail “ride” LaLa and Kim K. SMDH

    • Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

      How’s your career going? Bloop!

      • Slaydele’s 25 March 8, 2016

        Let’s compare bank and income statements. You deserve this dragging, troll.

  14. Jusayin March 8, 2016

    I would leave too.who wants to see future all the time and la is always in future face now.. So he probably chose sides in the whole fiasco..it seems futures goal is to try and destroy ciara..it was said he hope she fails at everything and I believe he said it..he also posted a pic of him and la Reid in the studio and he captioned it never go against the family while they all smiling..I’m sure these bi sexual rumors will be coming out about him soon…laa ried is egotistical anyways

  15. Mariah’s Little Lamb March 8, 2016

    that fact that her last four flop albums don’t even add up to what glitter sold is hilarious Ciara is the biggest flop in music history she has no legacy no impact and no influence

  16. Lake Erie March 8, 2016

    My girl on to bigger and better things. Can’t wait for the new Era to begin.

    • Mariah’s Little Lamb March 8, 2016

      lmaoo @ bigger and better things i guess now heara will be doing a residency tour in the nationwide mcdonalds bathrooms

      • Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

        Blah blah blah. Cowriah Carey is nothing but an alcoholic bats### crazy pillpopping washed up diva. Eminem of all people put her a## on blast. Now she’s on her third husband. Teehee

  17. well well March 8, 2016

    that means?… what exactly? burn what?… *shrugs*

  18. Weezy Tha Goat March 8, 2016

    So Epic Reocrds dropped CiCi Oh well she wasn’t making them no $ anyway.

  19. What Now March 8, 2016

    SCREAMING at this flop ass thot! Someone explain to me Ciara ‘s legacy… I truly can not at this type of floppage. Every GJ user bookmark this page and my words, if you think the CSquad clung to Beyoncé’s accomplishments before, watch how they literally become barking Chihuahuas under the Hive’s control.

    • Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

      Someone explain to me Rihanna’s legacy? A yodeling weed smoking goat?

      • Slaydele’s 25 March 8, 2016

        Cinnamon is a troll because she is a Rihanna Stan disguising as a fan of Ciara.

      • Tyler Makiavelli March 8, 2016

        Your a troll because you’re a Rihanna Stan disguising as an Adele Stan ….

    • Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

      Sorry he doesn’t sign irrelevant folks

      • #TeamTinashe Stan (#JOYRIDE…..) March 8, 2016

        He resigned Cedric right? And got 19K of FISH PLATES. How’s the tour? Still not happening? Lol hehe 🙂

    • Coolness March 9, 2016

      Why are you always so pressed by Ciara though? I’m sure once you saw this post, you RAN in here (first comment and all) and probably broke a nail. I’m not going to use who you stan for against you because it’s childish but until the good sis Tinashe can scan platinum with an album.

  20. ???Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans??? March 8, 2016

    She’s obviously playing no games with this upcoming era. I better prepare myself for the hurricane she’ll deliver soon. The best thing about it too is that it’ll be unexpected when she smashes.

  21. True Lambily March 8, 2016

    Chile cici been done she should accept what comes to her at this point there is lil to no interest in her music “I Bet waz successful bc of her breakup with future “Body Party” was successful b/c of FUTURE her last two certified hits were successful bc of Future

  22. Rosie March 8, 2016

    nnn if she really got dropped
    Also has there already been a post for Kendrick’s sales? I’ve been busy with midterms lately so idk. Death at him selling more than 98% of current acts with an EP of leftovers. Also screaming at The 1975’s upcoming 84%+ second week drop??

    • HailBeysus March 9, 2016

      Kiii kendrick showed up The “Digital Queen”! Yes they already had a post on his sales and good luck on your midterms.

  23. Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

    @Slaydele’s 25 : EBT doesn’t count

  24. Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

    @Slaydele 25: You wish Cici was on welfare. Cici could probably wipe her a## with the money you get every month

  25. Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

    #Team Tinashe,
    What is a Tinashe? Is it something you catch on your feet?

  26. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy March 8, 2016

    There’s too much negative talk about Ciara and I’m not having any of it! Ciara’s career was plauged with problems as her first record company Jive failed to properly house and promote her after the crunk era. Due to the label machine that itself crumbled soon after, Ciara was never allowed to make a musical identity. She is one crazy talented woman

    • ??Queen Molly?? March 8, 2016

      Preach

  27. ??Queen Molly?? March 8, 2016

    On to bigger and better queen…

    • Tyler Makiavelli March 8, 2016

      Yeah, bigger and better restroom stalls…

      • Tyler Stan March 8, 2016

        Kiiiii

      • Annalise March 9, 2016

        LMAOOO I still can’t @ the way Ci-error was belting out those struggle vocals in the holiday inn bathroom like she was at the Grammys ???

    • Annalise March 9, 2016

      @MOLD¥-Vadge/MollyTheMaid I gave you a lifeline in the last post. Your bïtcháss should have taken it and disappeared for a good few days. I will keep my mf foot on yo neck, so I suggest you take this dragging with yo head held high. Proceed with caution HŒ!

  28. janvier March 8, 2016

    Lol. What a shame!!!!!! I mean this Man can’t even go down in history as the worst flop in the music industry…that’s how irrelevant she is. She has absolutely no legacy & obviously no brains as well. Always clinging to the nearest dude for some cheap spotlight. She is the only man who goes to every award/red carpet event & is never asked to even present an award much less receive any. She doesn’t even get noticed or interviewed on red carpets except she is with that g a y guy Russell. SHAME on you Ciara SHAME on you.

  29. Cinnamon Girl March 8, 2016

    @Slaydele’s 25.
    I’m a Rihanna Stan disguised as a Ciara Stan? Lol. You know you’re getting ethered when you have to grasp at straws

  30. Kyre March 8, 2016

    Ciara takes more L’s than Meek Mill lmao. That t***** stay losing.

  31. King Mark111 /.\ March 8, 2016

    She was dropped, twice. Labels don’t just “depart” or “ask to be let go”. I mean look at Kesha at Sony and Rita at Roc Nation. RITA! It’s a wrap, she’s stupid if she signs another label. And it’s not like Epic didn’t try.
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    Everyone can’t make it passed the 10 year mark, Ciara was a fad on music when a Atl sound was in. Time to move on.

  32. Ronnie March 8, 2016

    I’m rooting for you Cici. The girl is a great performer and has some great music on ALL of her albums. With the right team and promotion behind her she could really come up in the game. It’s a shame we have all these white girls coexisting in the industry but when it comes to our black artist the only ones that y’all care to say are relevant are Rihanna and Bey, why can’t we support our people to all win? It’s freaking ridiculous. Hell Ciara’s I Bet was the only true “R&B” song to go platinum last year.

  33. Meteorite March 8, 2016

    Are you guys going to post about Tamar Davis being on The Voice?
    Note: she was one of the girls from Girls Time with Beyoncé and Kelly.

  34. LB March 9, 2016

    Let’s be honest, she was dropped. Call it as it is

  35. Cinnamon Girl March 9, 2016

    @Weezy That Goat, Dre has been following Ciara on Instagram. How ironic that you call Ciara a flop but you’re on a gossip site 24/7 broke and unemployed

  36. Annalise March 9, 2016

    No1 voluntarily leaves a label without having another record deal to back it up, unless they were DROPPED.

    Epic + LaFace were Titans back in the 90s and they only signed the best artists (TLC were the biggest selling US girl group of all time, Toni had one the best-selling singles, Usher went on to be the last man to have a diamond album, etc). IT was a one hit wonder and was never in the same conversation as the aforementioned artists. Epic are very cutthroat, and tbh IT was lucky to have not been dropped after Floptasy Ride.

    • ???Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans??? March 9, 2016

      Damn, sis! Why you gotta refer to Super Ci as “IT”? She’s a nice and kind girl, you know. Lol!

      • Annalise March 9, 2016

        KIIIII Lmao sorry hun, the @MAID is pissing me tf off so I have no choice but to go for the jugular.

    • Coolness March 9, 2016

      Yeah, they were truly something back in the day. Could you explain to me what the affiliation was between Arista and Laface records. I’m not really keen to such things, lol.

      • Annalise March 9, 2016

        I was watching the ‘Toni: behind the music’ documentary, and they said that LaFace started off as a joint venture between Babyface and LA and it was a subsidiary of Arista (who they distributed their music under). The braxtons were originally signed to Arista but didn’t work out, so Kenny & LA signed Toni as one of their first artists. Then LaFace was on fire for a good 10 years but fizzled out by the 00’s.

    • YOUR MADGEsty March 9, 2016

      Sis, nooooooo…

      Not “it” though.

      LMFAO!

  37. Cicigetem March 9, 2016

    I bet she’ll sign with Atlantic or UMG
    This next era will be the best
    she will slay all of you b****** who dobt her

    • Monica Stan March 9, 2016

      C Squad says that every era and ends up with their feet in their mouth. Don’t be so quick to spit delusion.

  38. Dem Lessers March 9, 2016

    She’ll be signing to an Independent label at the best, lol at you children hyping an Interscope and UMG signing!!! Epic tried their best and other majors know that she’s only destined to flop. Good luck being a model though.

  39. Monica Stan March 9, 2016

    Not surprising. Epic put a lot of coin in her and she kept flopping. I think it’s safe to say she’s done. Ciara better hope Russell actually marries her and doesn’t bail out like everybody else.

  40. IggySzn March 9, 2016

    She should just be a model cos she can’t sing at all

  41. Cicigetem March 9, 2016

    She is a queen she can dance and sing better then all you Nasty fugly b******. So stop hating she just needs better mangement. she is best at urban r&b and drop that pop stuff

  42. Cinnamon Girl March 9, 2016

    I always wondered why Ciara never signed with Roc Nation. Her and Jay Z are good friends. She used to model for Rocawear and went on tour with Jay.

    • IggySzn March 9, 2016

      Keyword used to. She’s a flop now and has been since 2008 🙁

      • Cinnamon Girl March 9, 2016

        A flop whose last single went single went platinum? A flop who has three multi million dollar modeling contracts?I’m sure you’re not doing half the things Ciara is doing

  43. Cicigetem March 9, 2016

    You mean iggy is the flop
    Lmao bye Felicia ????

    • IggySzn March 9, 2016

      Iggy has two multi platinum singles and gold album???? Ciara hasn’t seen a gold album in over a decade and Iggy gets carts off pure sales. Team will slay everything Ciara has ever done

  44. Cicigetem March 9, 2016

    just because her single went platinum doesn’t mean she a good artist she can’t even rap for s***
    And just because Ciara albums didn’t sell more doesn’t mean s***. She’s underrated
    Let’s face it today’s music industry sucks
    And they let anyone get radio play

    • IggySzn March 9, 2016

      If they let anyone get play on radio then what’s Cici issue? Kiiiii

      • Cicigetem March 10, 2016

        They don’t let the really good ones get radio
        Ciara is a queen all day
        She has everything voice, dance moves, personality, and great man

  45. Sarah March 9, 2016

    We can only hope she is moving on to bigger and better! Such a talented lady.

  46. Adele’s Husband March 9, 2016

    She must sign in to Def Jam. She’ll be everywhere. Look how talentless artist like Rihanna is, at least she have a minimum talent.

  47. LOVEYDOVEY March 9, 2016

    WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD SIGN CIERROR? 4 FLOP ALBUMS IN A ROW, CANCELED TOUR DATES AND PERFORMING FOR HALF EMPTY THEATERS WOULD MAKE ANY LABEL RUN FAR AWAY FROM HER. SHE SHOULD REALLY CONSIDER GOING INTO MODELING & FASHION FULL TIME. THATS HER TRUE CALLING BECAUSE SHE CANT EVEN SING. MAYBE SHE CAN BE A RED CARPET CORRESPONDENT OR JUDGE ON A DANCING SHOW. I HEAR LOVE AND HIP HOP ATLANTA IS ALSO HIRING!!!

  48. Beyonce wins March 9, 2016

    CI CI SIT YOUR SELF DOWN PLEASE

  49. smh March 9, 2016

    Please it don’t make a difference who she signs with with, she will always make one single a hit. She can’t sell an album to save her life.

  50. Anti lesson back to sleep rihkaurrechb March 9, 2016

    if this true then Guess ciara have better thing coming for herself and she will be sign to another record label

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