The 32-year old Princess of Crunk & B made the announcement via her Instagram on Monday (Sept. 5), rocking an 80s Whitney Houston-styled hairdo, with a George Michael dangling cross-earring dressed in a black bodysuit for the single’s artwork.
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Ciara has yet to announce the title and release date for her seventh album, although she is currently riding high off the success of her previous singles. Her lead track, the Jersey Club-assisted “Level Up” turned into a viral social media challenge and rose to No. 23 on the R&B/hip-hop charts while its follow-up — “Freak Me” with Nigerian artist Tekno garnered praise from African women for the Afrobeat slant and African aesthetic used for its accompanying video. With “Dose,” and the 1987 Houston hairstyle that the Atlanta native is rocking, will the melody have a Whitney-inspired feel to it? Perhaps a sample from one of her classics? Fans on Twitter think so, jokingly.
CiCi’s new album will be released on her own label Beauty Marks Entertainment which will be distributed by Warner Bros. Records. Since 2015’s Jackie, Ciara took a hiatus from music, becoming more of a professional socialite much like her industry peer and BFF Kelly Rowland, but gracefully living her best life with her NFL hubby Russell Wilson and their two children.
No announcements have been made at the current moment on who will produce CiCi’s new album although she reunited with friend Missy Elliott and Fatman Scoop (first time since 2005) for the remix of her “Level Up” single. In the meantime, Ciara is scheduled to be a halftime performer during ESPN’s Monday Night Football sometime this season. You can also catch the mother-of-two on the road as an opening act for Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic Tour this month and October in Toronto, Boston, Newark, and Los Angeles.
Ciara will also celebrate another milestone in her career this month. Her debut album Goodies will reach its 14th anniversary Friday (Sept. 28). Spawning four top 10 hits — “Goodies,” “1,2 Step, “Oh,” “And I” — and record sales that reached three million in the U.S., made Ciara the next young R&B/hip-hop starlet with Ashanti and a solo Beyoncé in a post-Aaliyah world.