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Ciara finally gets her due

On her first album as an independent artist, Ciara moves beyond the floor fillers that made her a star

IT’S BEEN 15 YEARS SINCE THE SINGER CIARA erupted onto the scene, making her mark with breathy vocals and limber dancing. The rapper Lil Jon declared her the “first lady of Crunk&B” for her dominance over the grooving, bass-heavy pop-R&B style that was popular in the mid-aughts. She wasn’t as vocally bombastic as Beyoncé, or as frank and eccentric as Lady Gaga, but she cornered her

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