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Ciara Princess Harris is one of the hottest singers in the contemporary urban music industry right now - and yes, Princess really is her middle name. The 23 year old starlet was born in Austin, Texas, though she spent most of her childhood moving across the country due to her dad's job in the Army, eventually settling for good in Atlanta, Georgia during her teenage years. A naturally gifted entertainer, Ciara - inspired by a Destiny's Child performance she saw on TV - decided to pursue a career in music, joining an all-girl singing group called Hearsay while still in high school.

Though Hearsay dissolved due to personal differences after producing only a handful of demos, her tenure in the group proved fruitful as it served to introduce her to hotshot producer Jazze Pha. Jazze Pha - who has produced hits for such artists as T.I., Aaliyah, and Chris Brown - took Ciara under his wing, securing her a record deal with L.A. Reid's Sony-backed La Face Records (Usher, OutKast) in 2003. The duo soon began production on Ciara's debut album Goodies, which hit store shelves in September 2004.

Goodies was an immediate success, soaring to #3 on the Billboard 200 and moving over three million copies domestically, earning Ciara a triple-Platinum certification from the RIAA - no small feat for her first studio album. The majority of Goodies was recorded in Atlanta, and it shows; local producers like Lil Jon and Dre & Vidal added a hint of Southern charm to the album's otherwise downtempo R&B and hip-hop offerings. Goodies produced a number of successful singles, among them "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step".

After touring with Chris Brown and Gwen Stefani throughout 2005, Ciara returned to the studio in 2006 to begin working on her second album Ciara: The Evolution. Ciara: The Evolution saw a late 2006 release date, skyrocketing to the top of the Billboard 200 upon its release. Widely considered by fans to be a deeper and more musically diverse album than Goodies, her aptly titled sophomore album sampled from a wide variety of musical influences including crunk, dance, and electro. Standout tracks from Ciara: The Evolution include "That's Right", "Like a Boy", and "Get Up", the latter featuring Houston rap ambassador Chamillionaire.

Ciara plans to release a third album, tentatively titled Fantasy Ride, in mid-2009. Ciara has dabbled in a number of ventures outside of her musical career, including modeling (she is currently signed to Wilhemina Models, a Manhattan based modeling agency) and acting. Ciara is slated to make her major motion-picture debut in 2009 with the leading role in Mama, I Want to Sing!, a musical based on a Broadway play of the same name.

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Ciara Princess Harris (born October 25, 1985), who performs under the mononym Ciara, is a Grammy-Award winning, American singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, fashion model, music video director, actress and soon to be a fashion designer. Born in Austin, Texas, United States, Ciara made her debut in the summer of 2004 with the Billboard number-one single "Goodies". The album Goodies was released in the United States on September 28, 2004, and in the UK on January 24, 2005. It produced three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, selling three million in U.S and over five million worldwide.

Ciara's second album, Ciara: The Evolution, was released in December 2006. It has spawned the Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit "Get Up", and the R&B/Hip-Hop Charts top ten hits "Promise", "Like a Boy", and "Can't Leave 'em Alone". To date, the album, which went platinum only five weeks after its release, has sold more than three million copies in the U.S. and 7 million worldwide.

Ciara's third studio album, Fantasy Ride, is expected to be released in the United States on May 5, 2009. The first official single, "Never Ever", features rapper Young Jeezy and was released in January 2009. The second single, the worldwide hit "Love Sex Magic" featuring Justin Timberlake, was released in March 2009. Since its release, the single has already debuted high on numerous charts, and also has been noted as potentially one of the biggest hits of Ciara's career.Ciara cites Janet Jackson as her inspiration.

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Ciara Princess Harris (born October 25, 1985), who performs under the mononym Ciara is an American recording artist, dancer, actress, and fashion model. Born in Austin, Texas, she traveled around the world during her childhood, only to land in Atlanta, Georgia where she met music producer, Jazze Pha. With his help, she was signed to LaFace Records, and went on to become a successful female artist, selling more than eight million albums worldwide and having numerous top ten hits.

Ciara made her debut with the hit "Goodies", which reached number one in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Her debut album, Goodies, followed and became a success, selling over five million copies worldwide. The album also produced two other hits: her second number one in Canada, "1, 2 Step", and "Oh". She released her second album, Ciara: The Evolution, two years later in 2006; and it spawned the hit "Like a Boy" and US hits "Get Up" and "Promise". The album was another success, selling over two million copies worldwide. Ciara released her third album, Fantasy Ride, which featured the hit "Love Sex Magic", in 2009. Ciara's fourth studio album titled, Basic Instinct is scheduled for release on October 5, 2010 and sees the singer return to her urban roots, and is preceded by the lead single, "Ride", which was released on April 26, 2010.

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