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It’s a sun-drenched afternoon high in the lush hills of San Diego, where Ciara Princess Harris, the R&B queen who launched her career nearly two decades ago, calls home.
Much has changed in the music industry and the world at large, since I last interviewed her in the mid-aughts. Twitter had just been born, YouTube and Facebook were toddlers, and Instagram wasn’t even in utero.
The word “viral” still had a negative connotation, It girls favored Juicy Couture velour sweat suits, Motorola Razr phones were de rigueur, and crunk music hip-hop’s bass-heavy Southern cousin — was king. Ciara had already cemented her place as a pop-culture phenom thanks to platinum-record sales and her signature choreography that was equal parts studio and street.
“I was told that it wasn’t going to be very successful, that people wouldn’t believe in it. I put it out, and as soon as I opened my eyes the next morning, people were re-creating the video,” she says. “I get goose bumps just thinking about it.”