Ciara Reflects on How Her #1 Hit ‘Goodies’ Almost Went to Britney Spears

Published: Friday 28th Aug 2020 by Rashad

Longtime Ciara fans may think her history with Britney Spears is only limited to the Pop icon’s 2009 ‘Circus Tour’ (where Cici served as the opening act), but the new mom-of-three (click here to read more) recently revealed they go back even further.

As we reported here, the 34-year-old is the host of Apple Music’s new ‘Level Up Radio’ – a series designed to examine R&B’s cultural impact and evolution.  When reflecting on her early experiences in the industry, she reported her breakthrough hit, 2004’s ‘Goodies,’ was almost a chart win for her ‘Baby One More Time’-singing label mate.

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Taking to her new radio show, Cici revealed:

“When I had this record, I knew that it was a very, very special record,” Ciara said of the Crunk track produced by Lil Jon. “And I worked so hard on this record and this industry can sometimes bring you incredible challenges, hence why I love the power of having my own record label” (referring to her 2019-launched imprint Beauty Marks Entertainment).

Continuing, Ci stated:

“And when [I] went to Jive [Records], I had the song ‘Goodies.’ I had to re-audition again, to be picked up and to be made a priority on the label. I did that, had a showcase, rocked it. Okay, boom, check. Had this record, but not knowing that behind the scenes, there was a conversation about this song being potentially taken from me and given to an artist like Britney Spears, who was on the same roster as me,” she said.

Although she claims she was unaware of the conversation at the time it was happening, that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t have put up a fight had she known about it.

“I learned about the story later, but the crazy thing for me is that if I would’ve known about it then, I would have fought tooth and nail. It was because it’s a record that I actually was a part of creating,” she said. “I was heavily involved in the writing side of it as well.”

All’s well that ends well.

‘Goodies’ not only introduced the masses to the then-teenage Ciara, but also blasted her to #1 on the Hot 100 (where she stayed for seven weeks).

As of time reported, the song – her signature hit – remains her only claim to the tally’s top spot.


P.S. I suppose if we had to imagine what it would sound like, our girl/comedienne Franchesca Leigh came through with the assist.


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  1. 1988 August 28, 2020

    Pure classic. Ciara slayed this. 🙂 Interestingly enough, Britney’s first big hit, “Baby One More Time” almost went to TLC for their FanMail album. 🙂

    • #WAP August 28, 2020

      And Rihanna’s umbrella was written for Britney but she passed.

    • #WAP August 28, 2020

      Danity Kane’s “heartbreaker” was meant for Britney also

  2. #WAP August 28, 2020

    I love Britney Jean Spears, but let’s be real, this would not have been a good fit for Princess Britney lol. Ciara should count her blessings since this is her one and only #1 hit

    • Tori August 29, 2020

      Brittany should count her blessings because its by the grace of God, her white skin and a snake that she made it as far as she did because she damn sure isn’t talented. Her limited, strained vocals would’ve sounded a hot ass mess on “Goodies”.

  3. Pat August 28, 2020

    This song was cicis. No other way

  4. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭 August 28, 2020

    Glad cici had it coz Britney can’t handle it. She will totally ruined the song.

  5. stainless steel stand alone bathtub faucet August 28, 2020

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  6. Jj August 29, 2020

    Take a BLACK ATLANTA SOUND AND GIVE IT TO A NON BLACK PERSON. The industry is sad. Little Richard.. Elvis all over again. This was for the culture. We need it to return. Too many wannabes

  7. Fancy BISH August 29, 2020

    I hope Britney done a demo for this that would leak soon.

    • Fancy BISH August 29, 2020

      Imposter, shut up 😂 🤳🏽 #CammySux

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