Ciara Sweats it Out on the Charts

Though “Sweat” made its Billboard debut at #93 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart last week, it appears Ciara’s label doesn’t have much faith it will go any higher and has therefore scrapped plans to release it to Rhythmic and Urban radio stations.

Plans to release the song digitally on June 19th were also scrapped for undisclosed reasons. And though no official word of the single’s fate has been made public by either Ciara or her label, plans for a video are said to still be in the works.


  1. I saw ppl talking about this on Twitter. Folks are so mean to Ciara. I don’t see how she takes it. Fans feel like the initial buzz is gone and they are also blaming Ciara.

    I think she should lay off these crazy dance beats and return to the sound of Promise and the other songs from The Evolution. That album was amazing and so underrated.

  2. I wish all artists could afford to or would go independent and take complete control of their work. I know its all about money but labels these days want overnight super global success or they wont give much of nothing. I am sure Ciara worked hard on her music and deserves better. After one week the label bows out come on now. It don’t cost to send a song to radio does it? Just put it out there.

  3. Ciara works hard but I think what it comes down to is that she doesn’t have the strongest voice.

    With regards to her dance beats etc, I don’t see why it shouldn’t work for her- it seems like every R/B type artist is going to the dance/techno side.

    I think Ciara needs to guest appearance on other peoples songs for a few, then release an album. Just my 2 cents.

    I wish her all the best. Her 1st album was my joint, I still remember bumping to it in my first(raggedy!) car lol

  4. A lot of artists have weak voices. Hello Janet, Aaliyah and Madonna. Ciara has the same voice she always had. Somewhere along the way the industry turned on her. Her last CD wasn’t bad and Ride was way better than Sweat. Ciara does work out and has a good heart. She just needs a whole new game plan.

  5. @Caren I agree with you completely. Actually being able to sing and sing well hasn’t been required for at least the last 15 to 10 years. I don’t know why Ciara can’t catch a break. She’s the best dancer in the game.

  6. I agree too. Ciar’s voice is as good as any. She has had the right songs. Urban radio and the public seemed to have tired of her overnight and that is the problem. Granted, Sweat isn’t very good. But a lot of her other singles have been and radio blocked her out. A whole new game plann is now in order. I hope she gets a better choreographer and leaves the hardcore street dancing alone. People have really tired of that Matrix move. Nobody wants to see that anymore.

  7. I think part of the problem is persona. Ciara is great dancer, a decent singer, and a gorgeous woman. But the “new” industry demands that you pop the instant you drop your single. In order to succeed you need to stand out in a way that no one else doing what you do has what you got. It’s tough, it’s unfair, and it’s not right, but unfortunately it’s the way it is these days. I agree with the poster said that Ciara’s best move right now would be to make guest appearances instead of albums. IMO, she can keep making music, but her career needs to move on.

    She’s not the first or the last the industry has done this to, but she can definitely still come out on top. Look at Jessica Simpson. Great voice, great body, couldn’t stand out for very long in an industry crowded with blonde pop princesses. Now has a very successful shoe line. Same for Mandy Moore, who went into acting and Victoria Beckham who’s owning the fashion game. Justin Timberlake who came out with a mega hit album stepped away from the music scene and found success elsewhere. (Honestly, I think he was just tired of it all.) Even Christina Aguilera, whose voice owns everybody on the radio right now and last album got trashed in the media, stepped away for a minute and has found success with The Voice. I don’t think these people “gave up” because they couldn’t do it — I think in part it’s because the industry wasn’t good to them any more, so they took their talents elsewhere. There are plenty of others who belong on that list. I feel like Ciara’s got it, but she’s got to change it up. The industry isn’t playing in her favors any more, and they haven’t been for a long time.

  8. the industry is the same it’s been for the last 70 years or so, the industry said ciara u ain’t happening now that’s all. happens all the time ciara is going thru what used to be known in the industry as the “cap” it means when the label doesn’t wanna deal with u anymore and ur last resort is to hope radio picks up ur single and it generates buzz, but today’s radio is not about generating buzz for an artist to help build them up it’s about playing what the suits say is playable like the same 6 songs over and over, and conditiong u the listener to stay tuned for that every 2.5 year release of beyonce, mary j. and alica keys works.

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