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Ciara has hit the stage, and this 19-year-old rising supernova is destined for great things. While she has only been on the music scene for three years, her first debut album Goodies hit #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard™ chart. The beauty from Atlanta is the latest multi-talented scene-stealer to nudge her way to center stage with attention-grabbing vocals, irresistible songwriting and killer dance moves.

Ciara – a ‘military brat’ who has lived in Germany, New York, California, Arizona and Nevada has found herself in the mix with some of the city’s biggest and brightest producers, among them Jazze Pha who signed Ciara to his Sho’ Nuff label after working with her for a mere five days and his royal crunkness Lil’ Jon, who produced the singer’s lead single, the ‘Crunk & B’ cautionary wrist-slapper ‘Goodies.’

Ciara is only the second artist (the first was Usher with his hit single ‘Yeah’) to release a Crunk & B song. Says Lil’ Jon of the newly-formed genre, ‘Crunk & B’ songs are R&B songs that get you crunk. They make you wanna wild out. [‘Goodies’] is a female empowerment record. The female has the power. The female is in control on this song. This is one of those records for the ladies.’ We had the opportunity to talk with Ciara after she just returned from performing down in Cancun.

How was Cancun?
It was really nice. But I would like to go back and see it on my own time.

Which state have you lived in for the longest?
I’ve spent most of my life in Atlanta.

When did you realize you wanted to sing for a career?
When I was 14 years old.

What kind of iPod do you have?
I have the new 60 GB model.

What has been the hardest sacrifice for your career?
Mhhhm, that’s a good question. In a way, they are all about equal. I’d have to say not being able to be home, hang out with my friends or do regular teen things, or just go to the movies alone. I also have to sacrifice eating all the good foods I like eating to keep fit. It’s not really that hard, I mean it’s all worth it to me at the end of the day.

Where and how did you learn to write songs with such melody?
I was 15 then and I just started to listen and develop the ability to hear



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