During a recent appearance on ‘Level Up Radio, an Apple Music Hits show,’ Ciara revealed what she called a ‘crazy story’ about her timeless No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single ‘Goodies’ and how Britney Spears was on the verge of stealing it from her.
It is safe to say that ‘Goodies’ was a milestone for Ciara. Her career has seen a real uptick after the debut of the single, which was on the Hot 100 for weeks. Ciara was one of the writers of the song, along with Sean Garrett, and producer Lil Jon.
Here’s what Ciara said:
“When I had this record, I knew that it was a very, very special record. And I worked so hard on this record, and this industry can sometimes bring you incredible challenges.”
“But unbeknownst to me… it was myself and a lot of the other artists on the Arista roster, we all went to Jive Records because changes were happening at Arista Records. And when we went to Jive, I had this song ‘Goodies.’ I had to reduction again, to be picked up, and to be made a priority on the label. I did that, had a showcase, rocked it. Okay, boom, check.”
Ciara revealed how her debut song was almost given to Britney Spears. She stated:
“Had this record, but not knowing that behind the scenes, there was a conversation about this song being potentially taken from me and given to an artist like Britney Spears, who was on the same roster as me. I learned about the story later, but the crazy thing for me is that if I would’ve known about it then, I would have fought tooth and nail. It was because it’s a record that I actually was a part of creating. I was heavily involved in the writing side of it, as well.”
The 34-year-old singer added:
“This was my very first song that I put out into the universe. My first song, and by God’s grace, it also was a No. 1 song, and it lasted on the Billboard charts for eight weeks. It was just kind of surreal to see that my dream was coming true. There’s a video out there of me somewhere. I’m graduating from high school a year before that, and they asked me, they said, ‘Ciara, where do you see yourself a year from now?’ And in my super Atlanta country voice, I was like, ‘I see myself having a number one song on a Billboard chart.'”
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