Thursday, 25 April 2013

Whatever Happened To RnB? - Ciara's Official Video For Body Party

Remember when City High had a promising career and The Black Eyed Peas were just a little-known hip-hop act? In this weekly feature, I take a look back at some of the best RnB artists of yesteryear, sharing their signature videos and underrated hits, as well as looking at what's happening in RnB today. Previous posts have focussed on Jay-Z's Top 5 guest raps, as well as the Honeyz comeback, a retrospective on Lumidee's career and Frank Ocean's new video for 'Lost'. Today the spotlight is back on one of my favourite RnB artists of the past decade, Ciara.

After a year of pushed back release dates and failed single launches, Ciara will finally release her fifth studio album this summer, simply titled 'Ciara'. Previous buzz songs such as 'Sweat', 'Sorry' and 'Got Me Good' have apparently not made the final cut, which I think is just ridiculous, but luckily, new single 'Body Party' is a great track to kick start the album's release.

In many ways, 'Body Party' is classic Ciara. The smooth production has a sexy slow jam vibe that perfectly matches Ciara's seductive vocals as she sings about getting it on with her man, but we already know that the song is great. What about the official video? 

"I'm doing this little dance for you, you got me so excited."

I'm LOVING that Ciara is back to the blonde again and while the promo may not feature some of the singers more frenzied dancing, the moves on display are still impressive nonetheless. How the hell does she do that crazy handstand flip thingy without breaking her spine? 

Godammit I love Ciara and I'm hoping beyond all belief that 'Body Party' and the new album will see Cici back on top where she belongs. But what do you think? Is 'Body Party' good enough to top the charts? And should Ciara have kept the previous buzz singles on the new album or is it best to just look ahead to the future? Let me know what you think by commenting, liking and sharing below. And remember to come back next week for another edition of Whatever Happened To RnB?

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