Ciara covered the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” for the The Last Witch Hunter, a dreamy and psychedelic-rock revival in R&B and hip-hop.
Did she ever expect to cover it?
“No, to be honest with you, it was actually a surprise for me when I got the call from Universal Publishing and Lionsgate,” Ciara tells Rolling Stone. “When they asked me to do this, I was like, ‘Absolutely. This would be an honor.’ I had never thought to cover this song. It was never on my radar to cover it, but when the opportunity came along, I was very thrilled, because I love what the producer Adrianne Gonzales did. The direction that she went in was actually a sound I’ve always wanted to play with, and it just didn’t get any better than being able to cover a Rolling Stones song. I feel like it pushes the edge and the limit for me, in reference to what people probably expect from me. So this was so many cool things in one. It was a huge honor, and then creatively I just got to really have some fun that I don’t usually do in my music.”
She says of the song’s evolving sound:
“As an artist, I think it’s important to always keep growing, and I definitely want to keep challenging myself. When moments like this come along, they’re the perfect opportunity because they allow me to discover something new creatively. I definitely was inspired from the process, and I know that I will be working with Adrianne more. But also, I think that music is also in a very cool time where everyone’s being very expressive, and it kind of also has a retro thing happening where hints of the old school are starting to come back into today’s music. This is one of those cool moments where it reminds you of how great music was, how people are really experimenting right now and how it’s cool to be able to do that today. And so our new generation of fans and people, the people that really paved the way for all of us artists, like the Rolling Stones …”
As for if she’s a fan of the Stones? “I’ve been a fan of theirs. I wasn’t a fan to know every song of theirs, but I definitely have been a fan of the Rolling Stones, but it’s just so cool when a moment like this comes along.”
On a separate note, Ciara mentions whether she’ll collaborate with Missy Elliott on her forthcoming record, saying “That whole creative idea and option will never be ruled out, you know. What Missy and I have is very special, and it’s fun when I get to collaborate with her like on Jackie. I would say never rule out a Ciara and Missy collaboration because we do have such a great chemistry musically, and when us two get together, it’s always insane energy. So I’m always down for that opportunity to get together, always down for that.”
Ciara also announced the second leg of The Jackie Tour, saying “I’m Soooo Excited To Announce The Dates Of The #JACKIETOUR PART 2 With @TopShop! Get Your Tickets & Super Cool Vip Packages at Live Nation NOW.”