R&B singer Ciara

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Lately, Atlanta has been dominating the music industry, so it’s only right that the Dirty South continues its reign with the birth of a new star, the belly baring, crunk R&B singer Ciara. The ATL native’s hometown connections are apparent on her chart topping Lil’ Jon produced title track, “Goodies,” but the 18 year old gets a boost from fellow Southern artists throughout her debut. T.I. blesses the “Goodies” remix and Ludacris drops a few bars on the incendiary A Town anthem “Oh.” Though there are times when Ciara’s undeveloped songwriting is glaring “Hotline”), the Jazze Pha protege stays true to her peers by tackling topics that every teenage girl faces. In fact, Ciara’s voice soars as she struggles to practice abstinence on the Pied Piper produced “Next to You,” belting: “Boy you’re turning me on right now/l can’t get down like that right now.” Obviously, Ciara knows playing hard to get (and making hot records just might keep audiences interested in her goodies for years to come. JANIQUE BURKE

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