We all know how Ciara’s hit song "Goodies" goes: “My goodies, my goodies, my goodies… Not my goodies!” But, what if they weren’t Ciara’s goodies?
According to the "Level Up" star, this isn’t just a hypothetical scenario; it almost happened in 2004. After launching ‘Level Up Radio’ with Apple Music Hits last week, Ciara gave fans an inside look at what her early days in the industry were like — and admitted that her chart-topping single "Goodies" almost went to Britney Spears.
Ciara explained that she, along with a number of other well-known artists, made the switch from Arista Records to Jive Records in the early 2000s. During that transition, she was required to reaudition to "earn her spot" on the label and be made a priority. So, she put on a showcase and, fortunately, it was a smashing success. Now at Jive, she had what she described as "a very, very special record" with "Goodies" — but, it turns out, behind the scenes there was a conversation about her song being given to an artist like Britney Spears, who was on the same roster.
“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,” Ciara explains. “It was because it's a record that I actually was a part of creating. I was heavily involved in the writing side of it as well."
In fact, Ciara co-wrote the song (featuring rapper Petey Pablo) with Sean Garrett and Lil Jon (who also produced it), as well as LaMarquis Jefferson, Craig Love and Zachary Wallace. And, as it turns out, that song would represent a defining moment in her career. Soon after its release in 2004, "Goodies" solidified its place as a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, a milestone which, Ciara reveals, she had put into the Universe years prior. (Britney, for her part, released In The Zone in 2003, with the album's second single "Toxic" released in 2004.)[video_embed id='2022688']RELATED: Jamie Lynn Spears named sole trustee of sister Britney's fortune[/video_embed]
“My first song, and by God's grace, it also was a No. 1 song, and it lasted on the Billboard charts for eight weeks,” she remembers. “It was just kind of surreal to see that my dream was coming true. There’s a video out there of me somewhere. I'm graduating from high school a year before that, and they asked me, they said, 'Ciara, where do you see yourself a year from now?' And in my super Atlanta country voice, I was like, 'I see myself having a number one song on a Billboard chart.’"
Little did she know (or, perhaps, she did know), "Goodies" was only the beginning for Ciara.
Last month, Ciara welcomed her third child, a son named Win Harrison, with husband Russell Wilson.
The "1, 2, Step" singer also recently released a new music video for her song “Rooted," which gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at her creative process, along with clips filmed just two days before the singer gave birth.