Be on Ciara's "Fantasy Ride"
Posted by: MYX Philippines 6/5/2009
ôMy ultimate goal is to be one of the best female entertainers ever, like those I watched growing up,ö she says with a glowing confidence. ôYou have to always be ahead of what you do and reach ahead and push yourself forward to be better.ö
Her highly anticipated third album, Fantasy Ride is a testament to her growth. As evidenced in the sensual videos for the Polow Da Don-crafted hit, ôNever Everö (with Young Jeezy) and the smash single, ôLove Sex Magic,ö with Justin Timberlake (who also co-produced the track), she is boldly demonstrating her womanhood and sexuality without apology.
ôI am taking my fans on a virtual fantasy ride through music and my life. I have changed since my last album, but itÆs essentially the same Ciara, but with added elements and spice,ö she says of the new album, most of which she co-wrote and co-executive-produced. ôLook at the first two singles. They both are extensions of who I am and yet so different. æNever EverÆ is very warm and æLove Sex MagicÆ is aggressive. Both are sides of me and there is so much more to share. ItÆs all a part of the Fantasy Ride.ö
Boasting an impressive array of hit makersù including label-mate Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Missy Elliot, Danja, Dr. Luke, Tricky Stewart and The DreamùFantasy Ride mixes CiaraÆs trademark R&B and hip-hop thunder with a seducing dash of clever pop.
Ciara Princess Harris is an Austin, Texas-born self-described army brat who lived in Germany and California before settling in Atlanta, Georgia. The ambitious, self-starter scored a publishing deal when she was barely out of high-school. After a brief stint in a girl group, she ventured out on her own and teamed with noted producers Jazze Pha and Lil Jon, resulting in the # 1 hit, ôGoodiesö and the 3.5 million-selling worldwide debut effort of the same name. The album also produced two other #1 singles, ô1,2 Stepö with Missy Elliot and ôOhö with Ludacris. Other successful collaborations include the Top 5 hits ôLose Controlö with Elliot (from her album The Cookbook) ù for which the two won a Grammy for ôBest Short Form Videoöù and ôLike Youö with Bow Wow (from his album Wanted). She also enjoyed a Top 10 hit with ôSo Whatö with southern hip-hop duo Field Mob.
Her sophomore effort, Ciara: The Evolution, which sold 1.7 million albums worldwide, continued the hit parade yielding the #1 single, ôPromiseö and the Top 10 smashes, ôLike A Boyö and ôCanÆt Leave 'Em Aloneö with 50 Cent.
In addition to winning a Grammy in 2006, sheÆs received three other Grammy nominations so far and has won a litany of awards, including a World Music Award for ôBest Selling Female R&B Artistö, two MTV Video Music Awards, two BET Awards, a Soul Train ôEntertainer of the Year Award,ö a VIBE award and five esteemed ASCAP Songwriting Awards. She has toured with superstar Gwen Stefani and is slated to tour this summer with label-mate Britney Spears on the pop superstarÆs Circus Tour in Europe.
Ciara is ready for the world to join her on her journey. ôGoodies was the crawl. Ciara: The Evolution was the walk. Now, I am running,ö she says. Fantasy Ride is now out in CDs under Sony Music.