How about some new Ciara photos for your weekend? No doubt the stunning singer catches your eye as this new photoshoot is released, and accompanied by an interview. See more of both below.
GQ: This year’s been great for you. Your new album, Ciara, was a hit and “Body Party” went Gold—it’s one of my favorite tracks this year. Ciara: It’s one of those songs that happened fast, because it has such a sweet vibe. I can’t even lie, when we were mixing it, I was listening to it over and over like a fan. I don’t like using obvious samples, but it felt right—I couldn’t ignore the track the way [producer] Mike Will flipped the sample of “My boo.” It’s one of those songs a girl can sing to her man and where guys don’t have to feel too cool to slow dance with your girl.
GQ: And you’ve just released your new single, “Overdose.” Ciara: The song’s got a throwback ’80s vibe with a modern twist; I think that’s unexpected. It’s more a product of my experimentation—it has a vintage-y feel, but I feel like everyone can love it. And what’s better than to dance to the feeling of love? The song’s about embodying that energy.
GQ: Speaking of dancing, you’re one of the best. How would you advise the GQ guy? Ciara: Go with the flow; don’t overthink it. If you’re a head-nod kind of guy, nod your head. If you’re a guy who likes to coast out and rock or sway, just do that. Whatever you do, don’t get out there and try do something you haven’t practiced. Do what shows your style and vibe—let me catch that without you trying to show me anything. I’m kind of okay to just chill. Keep it simple and let the girl guide you a little bit. If you can do that, I think you’ll be all right.
GQ: One more GQ-centric question: What are your style dos and don’ts for guys? Ciara: I love when people have their own creative vision, when a person stands out and tries different things. I also think less is more. A T-shirt and some Balmain jeans or even just simple jeans can still look nice—it can be powerful, too. There’s nothing better than when a man is in tune with who he is. I believe a person’s style is an expression of who you are—way more than dancing. And confidence is everything. Confidence is what makes that simple white tee and jeans look good.
Congrats to the hip hop couple: Ciara & Future! It was announced today via the AP and confirmed by their publicist that Future surprised Ciara with a 15-karat diamond ring for her birthday this weekend.
The news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise for those following the couple during their one year of dating. Future even went on Hot97 over the summer with strong words that, "This is the one. I said it before, I said it seven years ago, so for it to come around and happen, it was just meant to be.”
"This it…..I don’t get into nothing to get out. We haven’t set a date, this the one. I said it seven years ago, so for it to come around and happen it was meant to be"
- Future on Ciara
In a new interview with Angie Martinez, Future opens up about a variety of topics, with none more personal than his current relationship with Ciara. Hey, I'm not one to get wrapped up in these sorts of things, but it seems like they got a good thing going and Future's quote above is definitely a great sign.
Also in this interview, Future talks about his working relationship with Drake and Pharrell. And oh yes, I couldn't resist adding "in the future" at the end of the post title. I love all puns, good or bad.
Take a glimpse at the set of the upcomign "I Wanna Be With You" video as Nicki Minaj joins DJ Khaled on set, along with Ciara and Future. At this point, I hope DJ Khaled keeps trolling us and puts in a wedding scene with Nicki in the video. That would be all sorts of hilarious. Anyway, look for the video soon and Suffering From Success on September 24th.
Concluding Fallon this week was Ciara, accompanied by her boyfriend rapper Future, as the two got all dressed up for "Body Party". Ciara looks stunning with the dress and hairstyle. Good to see her making some moves with this self-titled album, newly released this week and out now.
I think Ciara's got a top 40 single on her hands with this new collab with Nicki Minaj called "Living It Up". At least a top-charting R&B song. It's not a Ci-Ci dance track with an uptempo production, rather a more contemporary, yet mainstream-friendly R&B record that I couldn't help but appreciate. Nicki delivered a solid verse as well and will only add to the pull for casual listeners. My one critique is that I felt Ciara's vocals fell a little short on the bridge, but it didn't hold back the song from being a *Tibs Fav. Catch this one on Ciara's upcoming, self-titled album on July 9th.
The FADER drops two fresh new covers for their upcoming summer issue in GIF form with the ladies leading the way: Ciara and Haim. Hit the links/videos below for Ci-Ci's latest, her cover shoot, and where I was introduced to Haim: the amazing feature on Indicud for "Red Eye".