‘Body Party’ just fell out of the Top 20 on Billboard Hot 100 but Ciara definitely has a plan to get it back up there. In the latest ‘GQ+A’ for GQ Magazine CiCi discusses how she knew the track was a hit and what’s next.
GQ: This year’s been great for you. Your new album, Ciara, was a hit and “Body Party” went Gold—it’s one of my favorite tracks this year.
Ciara: It’s one of those songs that happened fast, because it has such a sweet vibe. I can’t even lie, when we were mixing it, I was listening to it over and over like a fan. I don’t like using obvious samples, but it felt right—I couldn’t ignore the track the way [producer] Mike Will flipped the sample of “My boo.” It’s one of those songs a girl can sing to her man and where guys don’t have to feel too cool to slow dance with your girl.
GQ: And you’ve just released your new single, “Overdose.”
Ciara: The song’s got a throwback ’80s vibe with a modern twist; I think that’s unexpected. It’s more a product of my experimentation—it has a vintage-y feel, but I feel like everyone can love it. And what’s better than to dance to the feeling of love? The song’s about embodying that energy.
GQ: One more GQ-centric question: What are your style dos and don’ts for guys?
Ciara: I love when people have their own creative vision, when a person stands out and tries different things. I also think less is more. A T-shirt and some Balmain jeans or even just simple jeans can still look nice—it can be powerful, too. There’s nothing better than when a man is in tune with who he is. I believe a person’s style is an expression of who you are—way more than dancing. And confidence is everything. Confidence is what makes that simple white tee and jeans look good.