Ciara revealed on her brand new Apple Music Hits radio show, Level Up Radio, that her debut No. 1 single, “Goodies,” almost went to Britney Spears.
“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,” she said. “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 reaudition 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.”
The “Thinkin Bout You” singer continued on, explaining how she was blindsided by how the song almost went to someone else: “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.”
“Goodies” was co-written by Ciara alongside Lil Jon (who also produced the song), Sean Garrett, Zachary Wallace, LaMarquis Jefferson and Craig Love. The song was Ciara’s very first. Petey Pablo also featured on the track. It landed a number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent seven subsequent weeks in a row on the chart for a grand total of eight weeks. For Ciara, this was a dream come true.
“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,” she continued. “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.'”
Ciara just released her single “Rooted” earlier this month with Esther Dean with its subsequent video, which can be viewed below.
You can listen to her radio show, Level Up Radio, exclusively on Apple Music.
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