Ciara (album)

studio album by American recording artist Ciara

Ciara is the self-titled fifth studio album by American singer Ciara, which was released on July 9, 2013. The album is Ciara's first release under Epic Records, since publicly asking Jive Records to release her from her recording contract. For the album, Ciara worked with L.A. Reid, who discovered Ciara and signed her to LaFace Records in 2003. Musically, Ciara features a mix of Southern hip hop, dance and R&B and features guest collaborations from American rappers Future, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B and Rick Ross.

Ciara
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 5, 2013 (2013-07-05)
Recorded2011–2013
Studio
  • Los Angeles (2nd Floor Studios, Glendwood Palace, Larrabee Sound, Mason Sound, Paramount Studios);
  • Miami (Circle House Studios);
  • Atlanta (The Love Zone, Triangle Sound)
Genre
Length43:20
LabelEpic
Producer
Ciara chronology
Basic Instinct
(2010)
Ciara
(2013)
Jackie
(2015)
Singles from Ciara
  1. "Body Party"
    Released: March 8, 2013
  2. "I'm Out"
    Released: June 3, 2013
  3. "Overdose"
    Released: September 18, 2013

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
The A.V. ClubC+[2]
Fact     [3]
The Guardian     [4]
Los Angeles Times    [5]
The Observer     [6]
Pitchfork Media7.3/10[7]
PopMatters7/10[8]
Slant Magazine     [9]
Spin8/10[10]

Ciara received generally positive reviews from critics.

Track listingEdit

Standard editionsEdit

No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "I'm Out" (featuring Nicki Minaj) 3:58
2. "Sophomore"   3:44
3. "Body Party"  
3:54
4. "Keep on Lookin'"  
  • Rock City
  • Cameron Wallace
3:17
5. "Read My Lips"  
  • Jerkins
  • Tommy Lumpkins[a]
  • Ciara[a]
4:08
6. "Where You Go" (featuring Future)
  • Mike Will Made-It
  • P-Nasty[b]
  • Ciara[a]
  • Wilburn[a]
3:43
7. "Super Turnt Up"  
  • Ciara
  • Cameron
4:28
8. "DUI"  
4:35
9. "Livin' It Up" (featuring Nicki Minaj)D'Mile 3:45
10. "Overdose"  
  • Abraham
  • Oligee
  • Harrell[a]
  • Ciara[a]
3:47
Total length:
39:38
CD edition bonus track
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
11. "Body Party (Remix)" (featuring Future and B.o.B) (bonus track)
  • Mike Will Made-It
  • P-Nasty[b]
  • Ciara[a]
  • Wilburn[a]
3:57
Total length:
43:20
iTunes Store bonus track[11]
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
11. "Backseat Love"   3:39
Total length:
43:02
Target / Japanese bonus tracks[12][13]
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
12. "Boy Outta Here" (featuring Rick Ross)
  • The Underdogs
  • King X
3:51
13. "One Night with You"  
  • The Underdogs
  • Fuego
3:13
Total length:
50:24

NotesEdit

  • ^a signifies a vocal producer
  • ^b signifies a co-producer
  • "Super Turnt Up" credits Ciara as a featured artist, where she raps in the song.
  • "Body Party" contains a sample of "My Boo" performed by Ghost Town DJ's, written by Carlton Mahone and Rodney Terry.[14]
  • "Livin' It Up" contains a portion of the composition "I Don't Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky" performed by Ripple.

Special editionsEdit

Four limited editions of the album featuring branded merchandise were available from Ciara's official artist store.[15][16][17][18]

Summary of the contents of the four special editions of the album
Contents Bundle title
Keep on Lookin' Bundle Super Turnt Up Bundle Livin' It Up Bundle Body Party Bundle
Album  Y  Y  Y  Y
Signed lithograph  Y  N  N  N
Poster  N  Y  Y  Y
T-shirt  N  Y  N  Y
Black or white beanie hat  N  Y  Y  N

PersonnelEdit

Credits for Ciara adapted from Allmusic.[19]

  • Ciara – art direction, design, executive producer, featured artist, primary artist, vocal producer, background vocals
  • Josh Abraham – producer
  • Drew Adams – assistant
  • Josie Aiello – background vocals
  • B.o.B – featured artist
  • Triana Bowman – production coordination
  • LaTrice Burnette – marketing
  • Brandon N. Caddell – assistant engineer
  • Jasper Cameron – instrumentation, producer, vocal arrangement
  • Nayvadius "Future" Cash – executive producer, vocal producer
  • Lauren Ceradini – publicity
  • Matt Champlin – engineer
  • Ariel Chobaz – engineer
  • The Co-Captains – instrumentation, producer, programming
  • Paul "Hot Sauce" Dawson – scratching
  • Briele Douglass – publicity
  • Josh Drucker – assistant, mixing assistant
  • Dernst Emile – producer
  • Asiah'h Eperson – background vocals
  • Seth Firkins – engineer
  • Livvi Franc – background vocals
  • Yolonda Frederick – make-up
  • Joe Fritz – engineer
  • Future – featured artist
  • Dalia Glickman – A&R
  • Kuk Harrell – vocal producer
  • Ciara Harris – producer, vocal arrangement, vocal producer, background vocals
  • Trehy Harris – assistant, mixing assistant
  • James Hunt – assistant
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing
  • Rodney Jerkins – instrumentation, mixing, producer
  • Taryn Kaufman – A&R
  • Dave Kutch – mastering
  • Courtney Lowery – publicity
  • Kim Lumpkin – production coordination
  • Tommy Lumpkins – vocal producer
  • The Madd Scientist – engineer
  • Maria Paula Marulanda – art direction, design
  • Harvey Mason, Jr. – engineer
  • Susan McDonald – packaging manager
  • Mike Will Made It – producer
  • Nicki Minaj – featured artist
  • Greg Morgan – sound design
  • Vernon Mungo – engineer
  • Luis Navarro – A&R
  • Chris "Tek" O'Ryan – engineer
  • Oligee – producer
  • Keith Parry – engineer
  • P-Nasty – producer
  • Cesar Ramirez – hair stylist
  • L.A. Reid – executive producer
  • Rock City – producer
  • The Rockstars – producer
  • Heather Santos – A&R
  • John Shullman – assistant
  • Soundz – producer, vocal producer, background vocals
  • Christopher "Tricky" Stewart – A&R
  • Mark Stewart – A&R
  • Ken Sunshine – publicity
  • Theron Thomas – vocals
  • Pat Thrall – engineer
  • Dan Tobiason – engineer
  • Stephen Villa – assistant
  • Robert Wadlington – A&R
  • Cam Wallace – programming
  • Cameron Wallace – producer
  • Ryan Williams – engineer
  • Andrew Wuepper – engineer, mixing
  • Yutsai – photography

ChartsEdit

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
Australia[32][33] July 5, 2013 Sony Music
Brazil[34]
Germany[35]
United Kingdom[36][37] July 8, 2013 RCA Records
United States[11][38] July 9, 2013 Epic Records
Canada[39][40] Sony Music
New Zealand[41] July 12, 2013
Japan[42] July 24, 2013 CD Sony Music Japan

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