Much was revealed at last night's ASCAP Rhythm & Soul ATL Legends Dinner in Atlanta. Rapper/actor Ludacris is finishing up his "Ludiversal" album; songwriter Johnta Austin is in the studio with Ciara; record exec Devyne Stephens is getting ready to drop Akon's latest and recently helped sign a boy band called Audio; and Ne-Yo's finishing up his fifth studio album tentatively titled "The Cracks In Mr. Perfect" and working with a singer named Rayvonne.
Since taking over Sony Music's Epic Records in July, label chairman and X Factor judge L.A. Reid has been busy rebuilding the company’s image and roster, which will soon include Outkast and Ciara, sources say. Reid has a long history with both acts, who were originally signed to his LaFace Record.
When Ciara was churning out chart-topping singles like "One, Two Step" and "Like a Boy," she appeared to be on the verge of superstardom, drawing some comparisons to Janet Jackson and the late Aaliyah.
Ciara, who released her fourth album, "Basic Instinct," this month, says she's learned not to be concerned about selling millions of records anymore. In a recent phone interview, she talked about how she's still making waves in the entertainment realm.