Was struggling R&B singer Ciara dropped from Jive Records? We don't know for sure. The rumors that Ciara was dropped from the label ran rampant on the Internet yesterday. Sandrarose.com was able to trace the source of the rumor to a foreign wire news service report that was translated into English.
According to the report, Ciara's next single off her Basic Instinct CD, "Turn It Up", was removed from the March 8 release schedule, which seemed to give life to rumors that she was done at Jive. The report went on to say that the "Goodies" singer is believed to be negotiating a new record deal with Interscope Records.
But a well-connected source who I spoke with last night could only say that he thinks Ciara was dropped from the label. He couldn't say with 100% certainty that Jive showed her the door, or confirm the rumor that she may be going over to Interscope.
Ciara's statements to Gerrick Kennedy of the Los Angeles Times reportedly angered Jive label execs, particularly when she said she wasn't bothered by Basic Instinct's poor album sales, but she saw the future and money in touring.
But record labels view success in the number of albums sold, not tours sold. And putting together a successful tour relies on corporate sponsorship, which give weight to albums sales.