In a new interview with The Guardian, Ciara opened up about her competition in the music industry.
When asked why she isn’t as much of a household name as Rihanna or Beyoncé, Ciara told the publication that she doesn’t see them as competition while reminding the world that she’s had hits just as big as they have.
Check out this excerpt from the interview:
Despite her success – 2010’s Basic Instinct is the only one of her albums not to reach the US top five – she has never become a household name in the manner of Rihanna or Beyoncé. “You know what I think?” she asks, rhetorically. “Everything’s about timing. I’ve had records just as big as those artists, I’ve had No 1 songs around the world. My biggest competition is me.” That and her old label, perhaps. After Basic Instinct only reached No 44, she left LaFace/Jive,announcing on Facebook that they had not supported her enough. Her next album, Ciara, released on Epic, duly went to No 2. “There’s no doubt in my mind how high up this train can go,” she says calmly. “I faced those challenges. I don’t see myself beneath Beyoncé and Jay Z; I don’t see myself above them. I’m in my own world, hungry to grow.”
Ciara attributes any disconnect between herself and the music-buying public – the fact that she isn’t a household name – not to an inaccurate portrayal of her personality, but to her not making that personality plain enough. Hence her forthcoming appearance as a regular on NBC’s celebrity variety show I Can Do That. “Over the years, there was a perception I was trying to be too perfect.” She narrows her eyes. “I’m far from perfect.”
Now, Ciara might not be selling like she was back in the day — but let’s not forget her debut album Goodies, went triple platinum. She’s also had several #1 & top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart throughout her career.
The question remains — would you consider her ‘big’ hits as big as those of Beyoncé or Rihanna? We’re not so sure…