From The Vault: Ciara – ‘Oh’

Published: Sunday 16th Oct 2011 by David

From The Vault this week pays tribute to Ciara‘s 2005 summer sizzler ‘Oh’. The gritty cut was released as the 3rd single from her Platinum selling debut, ‘Goodies’. Featuring a verse from Hip-Hop titan Ludacris, the release peaked at #2 on the Billboard 100 and was yet another international hit for the singer.

Riding high on the wave that was Crunk-R&B back then, the Dre & Vidal produced cut served as Ci’s homage to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. While having a darker tone than previous singles ‘Goodies’ and ‘1,2 Step’, ‘Oh’ maintained a crossover appeal and radio-friendliness that allowed it to perform as well as its predecessors on the charts.

From the elaborate choreograpgy to the overall swag and attitude displayed, the single’s accompanying video further cemented CiCi’s status as the most visually exciting emerging artist in town.

Here at TGJ HQ, we can’t help but feel like the world hasn’t seen the best of Super C yet. Something which could very well change now that her rough spell (see: Fantasy Ride, Basic Instinct) is seemingly behind her and the comeback narrative is falling into place. Let’s only hope that her collaboration with her Epic knight in shining armour, L.A Reid, yields fruitful rewards. After all, he is responsible for Mariah‘s 00’s comeback and Rihanna‘s (successful) joke of a career; yet also bares the load of mishandling of Janet‘s 2008 under-performer ‘Discipline’. For Ms. Harris’ sake, their reunion (he launched her career) needs to translate into critical and commercial acclaim and of course more hits. Hopefully this new venture will also allow Ms. Harris to expand her creative vision through big-budget videos and worldwide tours. She’s too talented to still be so ‘local’. She’s a global star in-waiting.

Roll on 2012!

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  1. lala23 October 16, 2011

    CIARA IS COMING FOR THEM WIGS….

    BASED ON ALL THE PRODUCERS & WRITERS WHO HAVE CONFIRMED TO BE LENDING A HAND IN HER NEW PROJECT, I KNOW CI-CI AINT PLAYING AROUND THIS TIME.

    I’M READY.

  2. Chillin October 16, 2011

    I’m rooting for you cece!!

  3. Jak October 16, 2011

    *triple platinum selling debut =)

  4. Army Of Queen A (Aaliyah) & Queen Bee (Lil Kim) >>>>>>>> Your Fave ! October 16, 2011

    Ci Ci I see You Girl ! You Better SNATCH Some WIGS !

  5. crissy October 16, 2011

    THE GROWTH FROM THEN TO NOW IS REMARKABLE….SHE WAS ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL, BUT SHE’S DEFINITELY GROWN DRAMATICALLY…VOCALLY, ARTISTICALLY, AGE-WISE, DANCE-WISE, EVERYTHING.

  6. LISA October 16, 2011

    I SAID IT ONCE AND I WILL SAY IT A MILLION TIMES, CIARA IS THE BEST DANCER EVER AND SHE IS VERY CREATIVE SHE DON’T STILL LIKE BEYONCE, I CAN’T WAIT FOR HER VIDEO NO BODY DOES IT LIKE C!

  7. 14733 October 16, 2011

    cant wait for some new s*** of her…this song is still my mothasuckin song i still listen to it every summer

  8. CRAZYWORLD October 16, 2011

    If RIhannas career is a joke….id love to be THAT joke.

    S*** if thats a joke…Ciaras career is the jokiest s*** since steve urkel

  9. YUPPITSME October 16, 2011

    im happy for her cant wait i need some new music & vids from her she delivers.

  10. Sunny October 16, 2011

    I Love Ciara and I can’t wait until she comes back out with new music. *dances to “Oh” *

  11. Sunny October 16, 2011

    I love Ciara and I can’t wait until she comes out with new music

  12. Gilberto October 16, 2011

    ‘Oh’ was hot! No one can’t deny that Ciara was the 2004’s Queen. All her singles were good and popular, her debut album was selling pretty well, she was invited to perform on big shows and awards, etc. The first thing that killed Ciara’s career was the fact that crunk-n-b died pretty fast. The way it came, it went. Crunk was huge in 2004, but it barely lasted a year.
    ‘Revolution’ is my favorite Cici’s album. ‘Promise’ and ‘Like A Boy’ were huge and great! ‘That’s Right’ was my jam.
    The last thing that killed Ciara’s career was that her team tried to sell her like a global superstar. It didn’t work out. “Love, S**, Magic” was a big hit, but she should thanks Justin Timberlake because without him she wouldn’t have this hit.
    Ciara lost the connection she had with her fans. She needs to find herself again before recording new songs.

  13. crissy October 16, 2011

    @GILBERTO:

    NO. FANTASY RIDE WAS BRILLIANT. THE ONLY THING THAT WENT WRONG WAS THE LACK OF PROMOTION & BAD SINGLE CHOICES. SHE VERY WELL COULD’VE HAD GLOBAL SUPERSTARDOM WITH THAT ALBUM IF JIVE WOULD’VE LISTENED TO HER FANS:

    1. WITH AN EPIC VIDEO TO ACCOMPANY EACH, “TURNTABLES”, “TELL ME WHAT YOUR NAME IS”, “HIGH PRICE”, “ECHO”, & “LIKE A SURGEON” COULD’VE ELIMINATED THE COMPETITION.

    2. THE ACTUAL SINGLES SHOULDA BEEN THE ALBUM-FILLERS.

  14. JDGAF October 16, 2011

    I wish people would let her go. Ciara is so “2004” that it’s almost comical now. She’s like this weird combination of valley girl and hoodrat…like if the school in LEAN ON ME had a cheer-leading squad, she would have been on it.

  15. anna October 16, 2011

    AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU GUYS SAID THERE!!!!

  16. mike October 16, 2011

    One thing though – I don’t think he was responsible for Mariahs comeback. Yes he believed in her and gave her a chance but I think the music and her hiring of Benny Medina as her manager had a whole lot to do with it.

    Record companies actually don’t do as much as they use to back in the day and this is wy we find so many artists coming and disappearing so fast because alot of the responsibility is on them.

    So if we expect Ciara simple to return because shes signed to a new label we need to think again.

  17. RYK101 October 16, 2011

    i’m not a hater, i really hate to do comments “hating” on others artists cause i prefer to focus on my fave artist but this article is full of S*** and enough is enough!

    TOO talented? really? she dances well, but end of story, she cannot sing and that’s it! and regarding to the dancing she always do the same tired moves so it’s not impressive anymore. I respect her cause in general she is an amazing performer/entertainer and i love me some cici, Turn It Up and Work are two of my favorite songs and i LOVE them but i like to keep things real, she is not “too talented” sam so shut the f*** up and what makes me angry it’s that you praise her a lot when hating on Rihanna, and yes I am a stan of rihanna (not a delusional like the others one in here). And if you tell me Rihanna can’t sing I will have to disagree, I’ve gone to see her live twice and she can sing, definetely and everything is live, of course she is not the best singer i know it and she can improve but in order to do it she needs to take a break and work on that, the girl has been touring for 2 years now, her voice is tired! Ok this post is about ciara but i’m going to defend rihanna since you hate on her and say she’s talentless while you praise artists like Ciara or Katy Perry which aren’t better than her, that makes you look stupid and makes your opinion irrelevant since you are being very subjective, anyway don’t start too soon Sam, remember you praised Kelly and Nicole at the beginning and look how that turned out: Here I Am flopped and Nicole can’t get a release date (no shade intended but those are facts, sorry) while “THE JOKE” keeps bringin hit after hit, multiplatinum albums all over the world, million of sales of both singles and albums and selling out tours (yes even if you don’t admit, SELLING OUT)

    anyone keep on hatin, that does not stop rihanna from smashing nor changes my mind and hope ciara can make a comeback, she’s tried and deserves it

  18. Mari (RIP Dwayne McDuffie + Amy Winehouse +Steve Jobs) October 16, 2011

    If RIhannas career is a joke….id love to be THAT joke.

    S*** if thats a joke…Ciaras career is the jokiest s*** since steve urkel
    ________________________________________________________

    @Crazyworld

    you aint neva lied

  19. Mari (RIP Dwayne McDuffie + Amy Winehouse +Steve Jobs) October 16, 2011

    NO. FANTASY RIDE WAS BRILLIANT. THE ONLY THING THAT WENT WRONG WAS THE LACK OF PROMOTION & BAD SINGLE CHOICES.
    _________________________________________________________________

    @Crissy

    Maybe single choices had something to do with it, but I don’t agree with Jive’s so called lack of promo. Ciara obviously had a huge budget for “Go Girl” and she got to record with Justin Timberlake for “Love S** Magic.” Evolution was multiplatinum and FR went gold (if that), and it wasn’t because people didn’t know that the album was in stores. She might not have attracted many, if any, new fans with FR, but the overwhelming majority of the old fans that bought her first two albums didn’t buy FR.

  20. Malibu Barbie October 16, 2011

    Beyonce is the Queen Of Dance. hands down. Fantasy Ride was BANGING album.. buy Beyonce’s I Am…Sasha Fierce was a Relevance KILLER it completely outshined everyone at the time… so Ciara had no chance. Go Girl was a female anthem with a banging ass video.. but Single Ladies dropped the same day.
    I feel as tho people just dont want to support ciara anymore out of laziness or lack of interest. some people feel that Ciara has done it all. nothing she can do now will impress them. and she does not have the best vocals but on the majority of the billboard charts are filled with Gimmicks and Fake Entertainers. so if u ask me. i think Ciara needs to go back to the formula that made her INTERESTING and HOT in the 1st place. but i feel shes gone too hollywood now, that if she tried to go back to being STREET it would just look fake. Ciara needs to swtich up her production.. and make songs that only she can make. That is why Rihanna is very succesful. Beyonce cannot pull off Rihanna songs.. NO SHADE. Rihanna built her own lane in this game. that is what ciara needs to do now.

  21. Malibu Barbie October 16, 2011

    *CIARA is the queen of dance << forgive my horrible typo

  22. vicious vixen October 16, 2011

    I never really cared for this song or the video for that matter. I think my favorite song/video of hers was Promise. That vid & song was/is one of my faves by her. Hopefully her new project does great. She’s such a good entertainer. Get it Cici!

  23. Mari (RIP Dwayne McDuffie + Amy Winehouse +Steve Jobs) October 16, 2011

    @Malibu Barbie

    I think all three women Bey, Ri, Ci have their own lanes. It’s not that Ciara is somehow indistinguishable from the rest. Ciara has her own brand that built around dancing, her toned physique, being a crunk princess, etc., etc.. FR was a departure from her original sound, and BI was an attempt to return back to that, but BI sold worse than FR. Like others have said before me, the question is whether or not, there’s still enough interest in her lane and brand to motivate people to buy her albums.

  24. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) October 16, 2011

    Amazing!I don’t miss that Ciara, though because she was cocky and arrogant.Now she’s sweet, mature and humble (and I’d like her to stay like that 😎 )

    I think that what most people don’t realize is that both FR and BI could have been moderately successful granted that the label didn’t screw up in such a spectacular way.’Like A Surgeon’ was getting airplay and requests, yet it never had a REAL single treatment, no video, no promo.And then she had ‘Turntables’ and ‘High Price’ too.And of course I don’t think I need to remind you how big ‘Ride’ was.’Gimmie Dat’ would do fairly well if the label hadn’t blocked it completely (why on earth did they do that?? 😐 ).Just saying…

  25. WorldSide October 16, 2011

    I Loveee this song,go Ci Ci

  26. BigTeam Ciara October 16, 2011

    Owww Ohh Ciara is coming back bitchezz

  27. Yellow Gorillah October 16, 2011

    Ahhhh

    This takes me back when I was a HUGE!! Ciara fan

    The goodies era was PERFECT! She arrived in the game with a BANG

    She sizzled out after 2 flop albums.

    I don’t think she will make a come back people need to let it go. She was a great dancer but she just did not have what it took.

  28. therealest October 16, 2011

    ‘2. THE ACTUAL SINGLES SHOULDA BEEN THE ALBUM-FILLERS.’

    THIS! So true.

    releasing Go girl was the first mistake of many. High price should have lead the singles….

    ANyhoo. that was then. this is now.

    Cnt wait for new Ciara – I really hope they can handle her properly and get her ‘up there’ again. She needs a killer single to launch the era and then a second one that slays every other b**** DEAD. Her music and creativity will be what seals her success!!!

  29. Clark Smith October 16, 2011

    Aah! Back when Ciara was all that. Her second album was better, though.

  30. VA STAND UP!!! October 16, 2011

    Lol at the people saying Ciara is coming to ‘snatch wig’……um….yeah Ok. I guess we’ll just keep waiting for that to happen.

    Anywho, this was the Ciara that I LOVED back in the day! This is when she was still my b****! This is when she was the hot new thing! She found a lane and was owning it, I don’t know what happened though.

    People keep saying that she should go back to this sound, but this is when the whole ‘r&b crunk’/ style was still hot, that sound is played out now. I do think she needs to find a new approach and possibly try to capture that old magic but I just can’t see her having much success if she goes back to that ‘crunk’ sound.

    Maybe signing with Epic is a step in the right direction, but it’s gonna take more than a new label to jumpstart her comeback I would love to see her work with Timbaland & Missy, especially since she is so close to Missy. She is an established enough artist to work with big name producers and maybe they can give her some hit s***. I think she should stay away from ballads and such though and focus on dance tracks.

    I’m skeptical about her ‘comeback’ but I wish her luck.

  31. MINDBLOWIN October 16, 2011

    FF and BI had good songs let’s not play like it didn’t. When u drop the wrong singles and no visual (video) and no good shows to perform on (promotions) then yea its going to do bad. To me Keri had a good album too but wrong single releases killed that I don’t know who is on their promoting team but they need to be fired ASAP!!!!

    NOT WORRY ABOUT CIARA AT ALL SHE IS GOING TO HAVE A COMEBACK AND WHEN SHE DOES IM GOING TO GIVE SOME OF YOU A CHANCE TO PICK YOUR FACE OFF THE MF GROUND 🙂

  32. MINDBLOWIN October 16, 2011

    MY BAD FANTASY RIDE NOT FF

  33. MINDBLOWIN October 16, 2011

    WHOA if Rhianna sound better than Ciara than yea CICI don’t need to make a comeback…………….

    ARE YOU MUTHAF******* SERIOUS NOW LET’S NOT START SAYING STUPID S*** ON HERE. I LIKE RIH BUT SHE ONLY SOUND GOOD ON HER CD AND SHE BARELY SOUND GOOD THERE. IF I CAN HIT HER NOTES AND IM NOT A SINGER THAN SHE MOST DEF NOT A GOT DAMP IT SINGER LMAO!!! LIKE YOU SAY IF CIARA CAN JUST DANCE THEN RIHANNA JUST HAVE HITS……….. NOW HOW ABOUT YOU KEEP IT 100 ON HERE AND STOP WITH THAT B*******!!!! GOT MY BLOOD PRESSURE ALL HIGH COMING ON HERE WITH THAT FOOLISHNESS!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Angie October 17, 2011

    I was just watching this video the other day. I was in the mood to watch all my favorite Ciara videos on Youtube. Love this video. Ci-Ci before she went all “Hollywood” on us lol.

  35. Gdawg October 17, 2011

    Thats right, GLOBAL super star ready to happen! Ciara can perform like a MUG! HELL YEAH!

  36. JohnVidal October 17, 2011

    International hit? I´ve never heard a Ciara song on the radio! And I live in Europe

  37. Love on top October 17, 2011

    Firstly Ciara has a voice If you check her ustreams and the vids she does with her friends even The recent tour she did Her vocals has improved amazingly When she performed promise on the malibu rum tour I was like O_o cici giiiirrrrllll Slay that stage! “OH” is just another example Of why She 1 of the best in the game and to the 1 that said Rihanna is more Talented that Ciara and Katy C** on? Serious? Haven’t you seen her performances At the Rio concert? Damn that was Horrible even for rihanna

  38. Love on top October 17, 2011

    @johnvidal O_o what rock do you live under? She has numerous top 10 hits there Including a. #1 (you one of those crazy ppl who act like they don’t know ppl but they do) lol He never heard a Ciara song But he knows who she is! And How do we all know Ciara? Cus of her music

  39. JohnVidal October 17, 2011

    @Love on top
    Are you retarded??? I know who she is cos I have internet and know about music. But she surely has never appeared on radio over here in my country, NEVER. You can ask people on the streets and I tell you they wouldn´t know who she is

  40. Love on top October 17, 2011

    @john R***** suits you better anyway Her last smash wasn’t to long ago Love.s**.magic UK #5 Ire #4 eur singles chart #6 etc (she never performed it there) O_o last time I checked songs chart with Airplay and Digital sales Do you wanna tell me you never heard that on the radio? You might have not heard 1 of her songs since 2010 till now I’ll understand although there was “ride” even though it charted low #75 it reached the top 30 on the r&b uk radio charts But for you to say never? You delusional as hell then

  41. JohnVidal October 17, 2011

    @Love on top
    I repeat, here where I live NEVER. People don´t know who she is. I don´t live in the UK. There are some other important countries in Europe you know. And don´t act like she is a huge superstar in the uk or something. Hell, she is not even a superstar in the USA

  42. CRAZYWORLD October 17, 2011

    Ciaras whisperes are betta than riri….lord bless these dumb souls

  43. MINDBLOWIN October 17, 2011

    I repeat, here where I live NEVER. People don´t know who she is. I don´t live in the UK. There are some other important countries in Europe you know. And don´t act like she is a huge superstar in the uk or something. Hell, she is not even a superstar in the USA

    Darling then where over there in Europe do u stay???? Bc now yea you are sounding quite stupid with your comments.

    1) to say she is not a superstar is well um STUPID
    2) to say she is not known overseas is well um STUPID
    3) to say she is not popular in her own country USA is well um STUPID

    HEY I GET IT U ARE NOT A FAN, U DON’T LIKE HER MUSIC, U WANT TO COME ON HERE AND SAY STUPID SHYT I GET ALL THAT………… BUT ONE QUESTION THOUGH FOR YOU @JohnVidal
    IF SHE IS SO UNKNOWN TO YOU THEN WHY ARE U WASTING UR TIME TO GOOGLE OR YOUTUBE HER??? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM BEFORE YOU ANSWER THINK ABOUT THE QUESTION SWEETIE 🙂 LMAO AT U LIARS!!!!!!!!!

  44. JohnVidal October 18, 2011

    @MINDBLOWIN
    You are retarded
    I definitely don´t google her, I´m just a TGJ visitor.
    No, she is not a glogal superstar (don´t make me laugh)
    I live in Spain, next to France in case you are a retarded American who don´t know where the hell is anything. And no nobody knows her name over here. Maybe some have listened to a song of hers but without knowing who she is. Do you get it? People don´t know her, she is nobody here. How many albums did she sold in the USA last year? That´s what I thought. Now you can imagine how many she sold in the rest of the world

    I also know she is an incredible dancer. Amazing. I´m not a hater. Relax. I just said something about a statement Sam did. Which was false

  45. MINDBLOWIN October 18, 2011

    Stupid american but your dumb ass can’t spell lmao!!!!! Like i said where in Europe do u stay and u answer that for me. Now Im going to waste two more seconds on u and thats about it! You are the one who needs to relax sweetie getting your d*** all hard bc someone don’t agree with you. She is not a superstar to you don’t say that for everybody else 🙂 Now keeping pressing your buttons and keep replying bc the more you do the more u become entertaining to me 🙂

  46. ME October 18, 2011

    the shade at rihanna was so uncalled for..

  47. JohnVidal October 19, 2011

    @MINDBLOWIN
    Seriously. I don´t know what´s your problem honey!
    I said she is a f****** incredible dancer. But you have to del with the fact she is a lesser compared to real worldwide superstars. Deal please
    Also: is your Spanish or your French any good??? Ok then stop the b******* cos we all know Americans only know English, and only some of them cos we also know how things work in the USA when it comes to people educational and health rights
    Bye

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