Conceived as a crunk female counterpart to Usher's "Yeah!
", the lyrical content goes against the grain, speaking of abstinence, rejecting advances because "the goodies will stay in the jar." Critics hailed it as an "anthem of the summer" and one of the best singles of the year, complementing its dance-feel and beat, and the irony of the "clever" lyrics.
"1, 2 Step" was the second single released from it and became a hit.
She began production on her debut album later that year.
On December 5, 2006, Ciara released her second studio album, Ciara: The Evolution.
According to the singer, the title of the album is "about so much more than just my personal growth – it's about the evolution of music, the evolution of dance, the evolution of fashion." Ciara: The Evolution became Ciara's first number one album on the U. Billboard 200 and second on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with sales of more than 338,000 becoming her highest first week of sales to date.
In early 2004, she wrote a demo with record producer, Sean Garrett, which came to the attention of Lil Jon and became her debut single "Goodies".
Despite this setback, Ciara was still determined to reach her goal and signed a publishing deal as a songwriter.It was at this time Ciara was noticed for her songwriting. With his help, she signed a record deal with La Face Records. The album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and earned her four nominations at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. However, it produced the international top-ten single "Love Sex Magic" featuring Justin Timberlake, which earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.In 2004, Ciara released her debut studio album Goodies, which spawned four commercial singles: "Goodies", "1, 2 Step", "Oh" and "And I". During the same time, she was featured on Missy Elliott's "Lose Control" and Bow Wow's "Like You", both reached No. Ciara released her second studio album, Ciara: The Evolution, in 2006 which spawned the hit singles "Get Up", "Promise", "Like a Boy" and "Can't Leave 'em Alone". The following year, Ciara released her fourth studio album Basic Instinct, which was met with low sales and continued a downward trend in her commercial performance.The album's US lead single, "Promise", reached number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her third number one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart."Like a Boy" was released as the second international single which reached within the top twenty in the UK, The song achieved moderate success in other international markets.