Ciara Princess Harris, who goes simply by her striking first name, shimmied her way into pop culture consciousness way back in 2004 with her single “Goodies.” She was 19 years old at the time, and the track—”I bet you want the goodies, bet you thought about it”—helped her debut record go triple platinum; an achievement unheard of in music’s current climate. The song’s corresponding video, which features no-longer-relevant rapper Petey Pablo, shows her dressed in a time capsule of early aughts essentials: a black unitard with a navel-grazing deep V, hoop earrings the size of fists, and a crop top so short that her bright blue bra peeks out from underneath.

Subsequent sing-along jams like “1, 2 Step” and “Oh” followed, and her sophomore album, 2006’s Ciara: The Revolution, went certified platinum. The singer’s album sales have consistently sloped downward since, with each release posting smaller numbers than the last. Her sixth studio album, Jackie, dropped in May of this year and was the worst-performing yet. Debuting at number 17 on the Billboard 200, it sold a meager 19,900 units in its first week, a significant drop from 2013’s Ciara, which opened at number two and sold 59,000 units.

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