Ciara Ciara
Singer%E2%80%93songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress, model, music video director
Ciara Ciara
Ciara Princess Harris, known mononymously as Ciara, is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, actress and fashion model. Born in Austin, Texas, she traveled around the world during her childhood, only to land in Atlanta, Georgia where she met music producer, Jazze Pha. With his help, she signed a record deal with LaFace Records.
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Why India's IT firms fear "America First" - about 10 hours
India's $150 billion IT industry, the cornerstone of a thriving economic partnership with the United States, is on the edge as it closely monitors how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will manage policies around the outsourcing and movement of skilled workers. Ciara Lee reports
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Argentina's rising grains supply strains key river - 3 days
Argentina is looking at ways to develop a key waterway in order to carry more of the country's grains exports. As Ciara Lee reports, a government initiative to boost the economy has left the Parana river struggling to cope with the amount of traffic.
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A less than expected profit fall for Credit Agricole - 6 days
Credit Agricole has exceeded market forecasts despite a $519 million writedown causing a sharp fall in the French bank's fourth quarter profit. But, as Ciara Lee reports, the bank is the latest in France to report falling retail banking revenues, as lenders grapple with mortgage loan renegotiations and declining fee income.
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A Valentine's love bite with a difference - 7 days
Imported giant water bugs from Thailand were on the menu for a special Valentine's Day-themed event in Tokyo. Ciara Lee reports on the somewhat alternative romantic night out.
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Investors await Trump tax plans - 8 days
The global economy has weathered the new U.S. administration's sweeping challenges to the status quo with surprising aplomb given serious threats made to world trade, but what is not so clear is how much longer inflation will remain stubbornly low. Ciara Lee reports
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China baby boom seen as key to Reckitt's U.S. deal - 11 days
Reckitt Benckiser has agreed to buy U.S. baby formula maker Mead Johnson Nutrition for $16.6 billion, taking the British consumer goods company into a new area and expanding its presence in developing markets. Ciara Lee reports
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It Appears Miranda Kerr And Fiancé Evan Spiegel Are Waiting To Have Sex
Huffington Post - 11 days
It looks like Miranda Kerr and her fiancé Evan Spiegel are sticking to sexy Snapchats.  The model insinuated that she and her betrothed are waiting to have sex until after the wedding in a recent interview with UK paper The Times. It all came out during an exchange about methods of birth control, after Kerr admitted that she wasn’t using protection. When the interviewer asked whether or not she was planning to have another baby, the model explained: “Not yet. Not until after we get married. My partner is very traditional.” “We can’t... I mean we’re just... waiting,” she continued.  The apparent decision to wait is reminiscent of another celebrity couple, singer Ciara and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who didn’t have sex until their wedding night.  Spiegel and Kerr were first reported to be dating in 2015 and made their red carpet debut in February 2016. Just a few months later, the two announced their engagement in July, using a Snapchat filter of course ...
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Fares and profits down, but Ryanair upbeat - 15 days
Fares and profits are down at Ryanair, but Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers reaffirms its full-year forecast and says it will use a weak market to expand. Ciara Lee reports.
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Banco Popular posts record 3.5 bln euro loss - 18 days
Spain's Banco Popular has posted a larger-than-expected 3.5 billion euros loss due to extraordinary provisions and one-off charges to clean its balance sheet of toxic real estate assets. Ciara Lee reports.
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Trump policies not yet hampering BOJ forecast - 21 days
The Bank of Japan keeps monetary policy steady and maintains its optimistic price forecasts, signalling its confidence that a steady economic recovery will accelerate inflation to its 2 percent target without additional stimulus. But, as Ciara Lee reports, Trump's policies could prove problematic.
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UBS pinning 2017 hopes on Trump-led rally - 25 days
UBS reports a drop of nearly half in its 2016 net profits - but points to a turnaround in Q4 and offers a bullish view of how a Donald Trump-inspired rally will revive its wealth management business. Ciara Lee reports.
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Ciara's 2-Year-Old Son Has Adorable Message About The Women's March
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Ciara and her family are proud to support women’s rights. After millions of women and allies marched around the world in the name of love and equality, the singer tweeted a video message from her husband, Russell Wilson, and her 2-year-old son, Future Zahir.  Sweet Message From My Boys ❤#WomensEquality ✊ ✌ — Ciara (@ciara) January 22, 2017 “All the women deserve to be treated equal,” Future Zahir and Wilson say to the camera together. Following prompts from Ciara, they add, “You have our support, ladies.” “Sweet Message From My Boys,” the singer wrote in the caption, along with the hashtag #WomensEquality. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Brexit gloom deepens for UK banks - 28 days
Optimism about the business environment for Britain's financial services firms fell for a fourth consecutive quarter, according to a survey, the longest decline since the global financial crisis. Ciara Lee reports
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Ciara Shares What That 'No-Sex' Policy With Russell Wilson Was Like
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Diesel cheating inquiries draw in more carmakers - about 1 month
Fiat Chrysler angrily rejects accusations from the US EPA it used emissions cheating software. But as Ciara Lee reports, European carmakers are increasingly being drawn into widening investigations into a scandal that has already seen VW pay out billions of dollars.
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Rolls-Royce booms but Brexit looms - about 1 month
Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover have both reported a rise in annual sales for 2016, despite challenging market conditions for luxury goods worldwide. But, as Ciara Lee reports, Brexit remains a worry for both high-end car makers.
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Norway warns Britain risks 'very hard Brexit' - about 2 months
Britain lacks experience in international negotiations due to its long membership of the European Union and this can slow talks, the prime minister of non-EU Norway has told Reuters, adding that she feared "a very hard Brexit". Ciara Lee reports.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ciara
  • 2016
    Age 30
    On May 12, 2016 it was announced that Ciara signed a modeling contract with IMG.
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  • 2015
    Age 29
    Ciara is married to Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson. They began dating in early 2015 and announced their engagement on March 11, 2016. They were married on July 6, 2016 at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England.
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    Ciara's sixth album, Jackie, was released on May 1, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details It includes the singles "I Bet" and "Dance Like We're Making Love". The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 with 25,000 equivalent album units (19,900 in sales) and has the lowest first-week sales amongst her first six albums. She is known for her often "breathy soprano" vocals. With the release of her debut single "Goodies", Ciara was referred to as the Princess of Crunk&B. Allison Stewart of The Washington Post commented that she has a "reedy, agile voice, capable of conveying the only three emotions (sexy, sassy, sad) an R&B singer needs. Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times commented "Ciara has been the most synthetic of the R&B divas over the past decade, an electro-leaning vocalist whose instrumental palate has heavily favored stark 808 beats, sassy and seductive vocal lines." In reviewing her second album Ciara: The Evolution, Jody Rosen of Entertainment Weekly writes "Ciara's comfort with rave-inspired beats sets her apart from Cassie, Amerie, Rihanna, and other would-Beyoncés Her singing is nimble throughout: She whispers, coos, wails, and reels off speedy syncopations worthy of Beyoncé herself." Her third album, Fantasy Ride, saw the singer showcasing a new pop and dance direction. Ciara's music is generally contemporary R&B, but she also incorporates various styles of musical genres including, hip hop, crunk, rap, dance-pop, electropop and funk into her songs.
    In May 2015, Ciara embarked on her first headlining tour in six years.
    More Details Hide Details The month-long Jackie Tour kicked off on May 3, 2015 in Chicago and included stops in New York, Boston, New Orleans, Dallas, and Los Angeles. The first round of US dates wraps May 31 in San Francisco.
    "I Bet", the lead single from her upcoming album Jackie, was released on January 26, 2015.
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    Following their very public break-up, Ciara's album release was further postponed to 2015, and during this time the singer "quietly" recorded new music, while concentrating on motherhood.
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  • 2014
    Age 28
    Ciara gave birth to her first child in May 2014.
    More Details Hide Details After claims of Future's infidelity during their relationship had surfaced, it was reported that the couple's engagement had been called off.
    After her engagement to Future, Ciara revealed to W in April 2014 that her sixth studio album would be predominantly inspired by her then-fiancé.
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    In late January 2014, Ciara premiered a live version of a song entitled "Anytime" at the Degree Women Grammys Celebration in Los Angeles, on February 2, 2014, Ciara premiered the studio version produced Boi-1da and Katalyst featuring her then-boyfriend and rapper Future.
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  • 2013
    Age 27
    Ciara and Future were engaged in October 2013, but called off the engagement in August 2014.
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    During an interview with Rap-Up magazine Ciara revealed that recording for her sixth album began around Thanksgiving of 2013 and she would be releasing new music "really soon".
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    In December 2013, Ciara confirmed she was in the process of making a new album.
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    In September 2013, producer Mike WiLL Made It revealed that Ciara had begun work on her sixth studio album.
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    Ciara made an appearance as herself playing Lauren London's best friend on the Season 6 premiere of BET's The Game which aired on March 26, 2013, she continued to be a recurring cast member throughout the season.
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  • 2012
    Age 26
    She appeared as Brie in the 2012 comedy film, That's My Boy.
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    Aside from music in 2012, Ciara also starred in two movies during this time.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in the straight-to-DVD film, Mama, I Want to Sing! She played Amara Winter, a preacher's daughter who was discovered by a well-established musician.
    On August 13, 2012, Ciara revealed that the official lead single for the album would be titled "Sorry".
    More Details Hide Details On September 13, 2012, the official music video for "Sorry" was premiered on BET's 106 & Park as well as VEVO. "Sorry" was made available for purchase as a digital download on September 25, 2012, and impacted U.S. Urban contemporary and Rhythmic radio stations on October 9, 2012. In the United States, "Sorry" reached a peak at forty on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart while charting at No 22 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart listing of the top 25 songs that have yet to enter the Billboard Hot 100. On October 21, 2012, Rap-Up magazine posted a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of "Got Me Good", the second single from the album. The song and video, which was directed by Joseph Kahn, premiered on the Sony JumboTron in Times Square in New York City on October 25, 2012. The single was released via digital download on November 6, 2012. "Got Me Good" impacted rhythmic radio on November 13, and mainstream radio on December 4.
    During a press conference with MTV in May 2012, Ciara announced her fifth studio album would be titled One Woman Army and said the lead single, "Sweat", would be out very soon.
    More Details Hide Details The single, which features rapper 2 Chainz, premiered online on June 4, 2012, and was to be released via iTunes on June 19, 2012. However, the release of the single was scrapped at the last minute for unknown reasons.
    During an interview with Sway in the Morning in February 2012, Ciara revealed that she would be taking her time recording her fifth studio album, stating: "It's just really about the vibe, and I'll just tell you that it's a good vibe going.
    More Details Hide Details It's really important for me to take my time with this record and it's important for the whole team. It's really, really good energy." She has been working on the album with a number of producers and songwriters, including Hit-Boy, Soundz, Diane Warren, Tricky Stewart, and The Underdogs. In an interview, Ciara said "I worked with some people that are very fresh, which I'm excited about... When it comes to artists, when it comes to writers, when it comes to producers, I really wanted to push. We pretty much reached out and worked with a lot of people that I've never worked with before, which is really fun."
  • 2011
    Age 25
    On July 12, 2011, it was reported that she had reunited with L.A. Reid by signing with his record label Epic Records, and was confirmed in September 2011.
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    In May 2011, Ciara was removed from the Jive Records website roster.
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    In February 2011, following rumors that Ciara had been dropped by Jive Records, she released an official statement to her Facebook page complaining of inadequate promotion and funding from the label.
    More Details Hide Details She stated that she received a lack of support from the label, and even paid for the promotion of some singles, such as "Gimmie Dat", herself. The frustration she felt while working with her third and fourth albums led her to request that she be released from her contract.
    In the summer of 2011, Ciara was a part of the Malibu Rum Tour.
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  • 2010
    Age 24
    In November 2010, Ciara performed at the Summerbeatz tour alongside Flo Rida, Jay Sean, Akon, Travie McCoy and Ja Rule.
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    Ciara released her fourth studio album, Basic Instinct, on December 14, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details She told Pete Lewis of Blues & Soul magazine that the album is about her trusting her instinct and going back to the R&B/urban basics, in the days of "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step". It was executively produced by the singer alongside her A&R agent Mark Pitts and writing/production duo Tricky Stewart and The-Dream who also produced records for her previous album, Fantasy Ride. Basic Instinct debuted at number forty-four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 37,000 copies, becoming her only album to not peak within the top three. On the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the album opened at number eleven, her only album to not peak within the top two of the chart. The lead single, "Ride", which features Ludacris, was released on April 26, 2010. It peaked at number forty-two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number three on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming her twelfth top ten hit on the chart, and number seventy-five on the UK Singles Chart. The accompanying music video won the award for "Best Dance Performance" at the 2010 Soul Train Music Awards. "Speechless" was released as the second single from the album and achieved minimal success, peaking at only number seventy-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Gimmie Dat", the third single from the album was praised by critics but failed to become a hit, peaking at only sixty-three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and number twenty-seven on the urban charts in the UK.
    In February 2010, Ciara along with Pitbull were featured on the remix to Ludacris' hit single "How Low".
    More Details Hide Details The following month, Ciara made a cameo appearance in the music video of Usher's single, "Lil' Freak".
  • 2009
    Age 23
    She was also the support act for Britney Spears's Circus tour, where she performed eight nights at London's prestigious O2 Arena during June 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance received rave reviews from critics and fans alike, who noted her dancing skills as being spectacular and arguably better than Britney Spears'. Ciara made a guest appearance on Nelly's single "Stepped On My J'z" from his album Brass Knuckles. The song achieved minimal success in the U.S.. Ciara was also featured on Enrique Iglesias' single, "Takin' Back My Love", from his Greatest Hits album. The song became an international hit, peaking in the top ten of over fifteen countries, and being certified Gold in Russia, with sales of over 100,000.
    In July 2009, Ciara headlined the Jay-Z & Ciara Live tour with Jay-Z.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance received mixed reviews; critics said although her dancing was top-notch, she seemed disconnected from the crowd.
    It received a nomination for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards and also for Best Choreography in a Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. "Like A Surgeon" was the fourth single from the album.
    More Details Hide Details The song received no promotion and no single cover nor music video was released. However, the song did manage to peak at number fifty-nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart from airplay alone. "Work", the final single, achieved moderate success in international markets.
  • 2008
    Age 22
    Although her third album was originally scheduled for a September 2008 release, Fantasy Ride was released after a number of delays in May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The album combines her R&B and hip hop sound from her previous albums along with a new pop and dance sound. While talking to MTV News, Ciara said, "I'm having a bit more fun with my lyrics. I'm not afraid. In the beginning, I was conscious and really protective and somewhat scared in reference to doing some things. With this album I'm not holding back, there's a freedom. It's just the space I'm in right now." It became Ciara's first top ten album in the UK and Canada. In the United States, Fantasy Ride debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, becoming Ciara's third consecutive album to debut within the top three on the chart. To date, it has sold 193,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Go Girl" was the first single released from the album. It was originally the lead single from the album, but the single achieved minimum success and was later deemed a promo single. However, the single managed to reach the top of the charts in Japan. The album's official lead single, "Never Ever", which features Young Jeezy, was released in the United States in January 2009 and reached a peak of number nine on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The second single, "Love Sex Magic", featuring Justin Timberlake, became a worldwide hit, peaking within the top ten in twenty countries including the U.S., where it peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
    In October 2008, Ciara was honored as Billboards "Woman of the Year", because of her success as a recording artist and leadership in embracing the changing music business.
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  • 2007
    Age 21
    Ciara became the face of Jay-Z's Rocawear clothing line and spokesperson for the women campaign entitled "I Will Not Lose", which debuted in the summer of 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In the October issue of Vibe Magazine, she appeared, apparently nude, on the magazine cover but claimed Vibe had airbrushed her clothes off. She told MTV News that she was hurt by the photos and was quite shocked when she finally got her hands on the month's issue. She later confirmed that she was in fact clothed. In September 2008, Ciara contributed to the song "Just Stand Up! " with fifteen other female artists, who shared the stage to perform the song live on September 5, 2008 during the "Stand Up to Cancer" television special. The proceeds from the single were given to the fundraiser. The television special helped raise $100 million for cancer research. In 2009, Ciara became the face of's "Do Something 101" campaign to raise school supplies for those in need at the start of the school year. She filmed a public service announcement to endorse the campaign.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    On December 5, 2006, Ciara released her second studio album, Ciara: The Evolution.
    More Details Hide Details According to the singer, the title of the album is "about so much more than just my personal growth – it's about the evolution of music, the evolution of dance, the evolution of fashion." The source of the album's creativity such as the sound and edge comes from Ciara in general. Ciara: The Evolution became Ciara's first number one album on the U.S. Billboard 200 and second on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with sales of more than 338,000 becoming her highest first week of sales to date. The album went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States, within only five weeks of its release, and has sold 1.3 million copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It sold over two million copies worldwide. The album's international lead single, "Get Up", which features Chamillionaire, reached number seven in the United States and gained a platinum accreditation. It reached number five in New Zealand. The song was used for the film Step Up (2006) and featured on the film's soundtrack. The album's US lead single, "Promise", reached number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her third number one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Like a Boy" was released as the second international single which reached within the top twenty in the UK, Finland, France, Ireland, Sweden Switzerland, and also in the United States.
    In addition to her music, Ciara made her acting debut in the MTV Films production All You've Got in May 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In the movie she played Becca Whiley, a teenager who is competing in a volleyball tournament. The movie received mixed to positive reviews; critics said the movie was predictable but still enjoyable.
    In support of the album, Ciara went on her first headlining tour in October 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The tour went to seventeen different clubs in cities throughout the United States. The tour was met with mixed to positive reviews; critics were divided regarding the pre-recorded backing tracks and remarked that Ciara was slightly under-prepared to host her own headlining tour, but ultimately praised her energetic choreography. In August 2007, she headlined the Screamfest '07 tour with fellow rapper, T.I.. Critics praised her performance for her gracious dancing and being able to command a sold out arena. Ciara, along with Chris Brown and Akon, was a support act for Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad Tour in the United Kingdom. She made a guest appearance on "So What" by Field Mob. The single went on to become a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. She also appeared on Tiffany Evans' single "Promise Ring". The song achieved little success on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
    Ciara has also transitioned into acting in 2006 she made her film debut it All You've Got, followed by Mama, I Want to Sing! (2012) and That's My Boy (2012).
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Ciara had a recurring role in the US TV series, The Game. Since making her musical debut in 2004, Ciara has attained eight Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles, including a number one. She has also earned numerous awards and accolades, including three BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MOBO Awards, and one Grammy Award. To date, Ciara has sold over 23 million records worldwide.
  • 2005
    Age 19
    She was an opening act for Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005 and went on tour with Chris Brown and Bow Wow on the Holiday Jam Tour in December 2005.
    More Details Hide Details At the 48th Grammy Awards, Ciara received four nominations for Best New Artist, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "1, 2 Step", Best Rap Song for Missy Elliott's single "Lose Control", and won her last nomination, Best Short Form Music Video for Lose Control.
    Following the success of the album, Ciara released a CD/DVD entitled Goodies: The Videos & More in the United States on July 12, 2005 which featured remixes to "1, 2 Step" and "Oh", as well as two new songs.
    More Details Hide Details The release was certified platinum in the United States. She made guest appearances on Missy Elliott's single "Lose Control" and on Bow Wow's single "Like You", which both peaked at number three in the United States and obtained worldwide success.
  • 2004
    Age 18
    Ciara released her debut album Goodies on September 28, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 124,750 copies in its initial week and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Following the release of the album, Ciara was hailed as the "First Lady of Crunk&B". Goodies had a seventy-one week run on the Billboard 200, and was certified three times-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 10, 2006. The album has sold around nearly 3 million copies in the United States as of June 2010. Charting at twenty-two on the Canadian Albums Chart, it was certified Platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. The album charted at twenty-six on the UK Albums Chart, and spent twenty weeks on the chart. It was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry, remaining to be Ciara's sole certified album in the UK.
    In early 2004, she wrote a demo with record producer, Sean Garrett, which came to the attention of Lil Jon and became her debut single "Goodies".
    More Details Hide Details Lil Jon stated later that he knew it would be big seeing how it sounded similar to Usher's international hit, "Yeah!
    In 2004, Ciara released her debut studio album Goodies, which spawned three hit singles: "Goodies", "1, 2 Step", and "Oh".
    More Details Hide Details The album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and earned her four nominations at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. She released her second studio album, Ciara: The Evolution, in 2006 which spawned the hit singles "Get Up", "Promise", and "Like a Boy". The album reached number one in the U.S. and was certified platinum. Her third studio album, Fantasy Ride, released in 2009, was considerably less successful than Ciara's first two albums. However, it produced the international top-ten single "Love Sex Magic" featuring Justin Timberlake, which earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The following year, Ciara released her fourth studio album Basic Instinct, which was met with low sales and continued a downward trend in her commercial performance. In 2011, she signed a new record deal with Epic Records, and released her self-titled fifth studio album, Ciara, in 2013 which was preceded by the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop top-ten single"Body Party". In 2015, Ciara released her sixth album Jackie, which included the singles "I Bet" and "Dance Like We're Making Love". The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and sold 19,000 copies, which made it her lowest first-week album sales to date.
  • 2003
    Age 17
    After graduating from Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia in 2003, she was signed by LaFace Records executive, L.A. Reid, whom she was introduced to by Jazze Pha.
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  • 2002
    Age 16
    In 2002, the two recorded four demos, "1, 2 Step", "Thug Style," "Pick Up the Phone," and "Lookin' at You," which all appeared on her debut album, which was released two years later. "1, 2 Step" was the second single released from it and became a hit.
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  • 1985
    Ciara was born in Austin, Texas on October 25, 1985, the only child of Jackie Harris (née Smith) and Carlton Harris.
    More Details Hide Details An army brat, she grew up in Germany, New York, Utah, California, Arizona and Nevada. In speaking of this, Ciara states that while she hated to lose good friends, this helps her in her career when she has to travel all over the world. During her teens, Ciara and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. In her mid-teens, Ciara formed the all-girl group Hearsay with two of her friends. The group recorded demos, but as time went on, they began to have differences and eventually parted ways. Despite this setback, Ciara was still determined to reach her goal and signed a publishing deal as a songwriter. Her first success was the song, "Got Me Waiting" for R&B singer Fantasia Barrino's debut album, Free Yourself. It was when she was writing songs that she met music producer, Jazze Pha, whom she called her "music soulmate."
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