Merely five years since her debut – and with two platinum albums to show for it – 23-year-old Ciara is back and looking to rebrand herself as a bigger and brighter pop star with her third album, Fantasy Ride. With a new electro sound, a sexier strut and a gang of successful songwriters, producers and guest vocalists at her disposal, the Austin, Texas-born Atlanta representative is now walking the path of diva and music-video star – like Janet and Beyonce before her – yet the making of C’s Fantasy Ride has been filled with twists, turns and false starts.
“The timing last year was just not right,” Ciara explains about the yearlong delay. “So we pulled back and made sure everything was perfect for the listener.”
– STEVEN PSYLLOS
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