Ciara is the eponymously-titled fifth studio album by American recording artist Ciara, scheduled to be released on July 5, 2013 through Epic Records (Sony Music). Originally titled One Woman Army, Ciara’s fifth studio album is the artist’s first release under Epic, since publicly asking the now-defunct Jive Records to release her from her contractual obligations. The singer cited a lack of label support and financial funding for her previous albums Fantasy Ride (2009) and Basic Instinct. On this fifth studio album, Ciara is reunited with her long-term mentor and friend L.A. Reid, chairmen of Epic Records, who is also credited with discovering Ciara in 2003, along with signing her to his LaFace Recordslabel and executively producing her debut studio album Goodies (2004).
On Ciara, the singer is reunited with music producers Rodney Jerkins and Jasper Cameronwho have respectively worked on previous Ciara singles and albums. The duo are joined byThe Underdogs, Soundz, D’Mile, Oligee, Josh Abraham and Mike Will Made It, amongst others. Writing contributions come from the likes of singer-songwriters: Wynter Gordon,Livvi Franc and Ali Tamposi, along with a number of contributions from Ciara herself. Rappers Future and Nicki Minaj respectively have guest vocals on the album, whilst Ciara herself listed as a feature on the song « Super Turnt Up », a record where she raps and takes credit for co-producing the song.
A number of singles were released including « Sweat » (featuring 2 Chainz), « Sorry » and « Got Me Good » when the album was titled One Woman Army. None of the songs impacted on the US Billboard Hot 100 and were subsequently swept aside in favor of a new single called « Body Party », co-written by Ciara’s boyfriend Future and sampling the Ghost Town DJ’s song « My Boo ». It debuted and peaked at number thirty five on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number eight on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
|1.||« I’m Out » (featuring Nicki Minaj)||Planet VI||3:59|
|2.||« Sophomore »||Kenneth Coby||Soundz||3:43|
|3.||« Body Party »||Ciara Harris
Pierre Ramon Slaughter
|Mike Will Made It||3:57|
|4.||« Keep on Lookin' »||Planet VI||Cam Wallace||3:18|
|5.||« Read My Lips »||Rodney Jerkins
|6.||« Where You Go » (featuring Future)||Future||3:44|
|7.||« Super Turnt Up » (featuring Ciara)||Harris
|8.||« DUI »||Coby
|9.||« Livin’ It Up » (featuring Nicki Minaj)||Hurby Azor
Robert L. Beavers
Dernst Emile II,
Diana Eve Paris Gordon
Jack C. Hill
Eric M. Johnson
Christopher P. Reid
|10.||« Overdose »||Josh Abraham