Ciara has shared that her debut single “Goodies” was almost given to pop icon Britney Spears, something she “would’ve fought tooth and nail” to prevent.
The 2004 track catapulted Ciara into the spotlight, but the singer has said that the song was close to being given to the 38-year-old princess of pop instead of her.
Speaking on Level Up Radio with Ciara on Apple Music Hits, she said: “I had to reaudition again, to be picked up and to be made a priority on the label. I did that, had a showcase, rocked it,” she said, explaining she was under the impression that she got the song. “Okay, boom, check.”
However, she continued, “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.”
“I knew that it was a very, very special record,” she said, adding that she would have “fought tooth and nail” to change their minds.
“It was because it’s a record that I actually was a part of creating,” she explained, adding that she was “heavily involved” in writing it.
“This was my very first song that I put out into the universe,” the 34-year-old shared. “My first song, and by God’s grace, it also was a number one song, and it lasted on the Billboard charts for eight weeks. It was just kind of surreal to see that my dream was coming true.”
Ciara’s revelation comes amid Britney Spears’ ongoing conservatorship battle against her father Jamie Spears, the growing traction of the #FreeBritney movement, as well as the news that sister younger Jamie Lynn Spears will reportedly now play a large role in her sister Britney Spears’ conservatorship after being named as trustee for the “Toxic” singer’s vast fortune, new court records show.