Beauty Marks (album)

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Beauty Marks
Ciara - Beauty Marks.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
Recorded2018–19
Genre
Length40:03
LabelBeauty Marks
Producer
Ciara chronology
Jackie
(2015)
Beauty Marks
(2019)
Singles from Beauty Marks
  1. "Level Up"
    Released: July 18, 2018
  2. "Freak Me"
    Released: August 10, 2018
  3. "Dose"
    Released: September 14, 2018
  4. "Greatest Love"
    Released: February 12, 2019
  5. "Thinkin Bout You"
    Released: March 29, 2019
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic57/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
NME3/5 stars
Pitchfork6.5/10
Spectrum Culture3/5

Beauty Marks is the seventh studio album by American singer Ciara, released on May 10, 2019, through Beauty Marks Entertainment. It is her first album since Jackie (2015). The album was preceded by the singles "Level Up", "Freak Me", "Dose", "Greatest Love" and "Thinkin Bout You".[4]

Upon release, Beauty Marks debuted at number 87 on the US Billboard 200, marking it her lowest charting album to date.[5]

Background[edit]

After the release of her sixth studio album, Jackie (2015), Ciara decided to leave Epic Records in early 2016. Although the album spawned the Platinum-certified single, "I Bet", it failed to make much of a commercial impact, selling only around 160,000 copies worldwide within a three-month period.[6][7] The singer had planned to further promote the album with a second leg of the Jackie Tour in March 2016, after postponing the dates from November 2015; however, on February 27, 2016, Ciara announced that the remaining dates of the tour had been cancelled and that she'd instead focus on recording her seventh studio album, while expressing that the album would see her undertaking a new musical direction.[8][9]

On January 27, 2017, it was announced that Ciara had signed a new recording contract with Warner Bros. Records.[10][11] Through the deal, Ciara's music will be distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance, the independent music distribution arm of Warner Bros.[12]

In 2017, Ciara launched her own record and entertainment company, Beauty Marks Entertainment (BME); the venture was launched for her to follow her own creative direction and release her music on her own terms, with the singer eventually hoping to sign additional artists.[13] BME's first endeavor was the release of the singles "Level Up", "Freak Me", and "Dose" in 2018, while Ciara officially announced its formation on February 7, 2019 at the MAKERS Conference.[13]

On March 28, 2019, Ciara announced that her seventh studio album would be titled Beauty Marks after her label and that it would be released on May 10, 2019. The album was made available for pre-order the following day, along with its fifth single, "Thinkin' Bout You".[14] In speaking on the album's development process, Ciara expressed that she now feels as she did at the start of her career, stating:

Ciara revealed that she co-wrote the title track "Beauty Marks" with Skylar Grey.[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 87 on the US Billboard 200[5] and number 48 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Adapted from iTunes [17] and liner notes.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Love Myself" (featuring Macklemore)
5:28
2."Level Up"
3:24
3."Set"
  • Ciara
  • Thomas
  • Dallas Caton
2:56
4."Thinkin Bout You"
3:48
5."Trust Myself"
3:38
6."Girl Gang" (featuring Kelly Rowland)
3:19
7."Dose"
3:42
8."Na Na"
  • Ciara
  • Cassette
  • Rosina "Soaky" Siren
  • Kaveh Rastegar
  • Brandon Coleman
  • Josh Lopez
3:08
9."Freak Me" (featuring Tekno)
3:20
10."Greatest Love"
  • Ciara
  • Thomas
  • Jasper Cameron
  • Rod Cameron
3:43
11."Beauty Marks"
3:38

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a main producer
  • ^[b] signifies a vocal producer

Sample credits

  • "Level Up" contains a sample of the composition "Fuck It Up Challenge" by DJ Telly Tell, written by Telly Brown Jr.
  • "Freak Me" contains a sample of the composition "Before NKO" by Tiwa Savage, written by Tiwatope Savage, Charles Enebeli and Michael Ajereh Collins.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Digital Albums (ARIA)[18] 28
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[19] 10
US Billboard 200[5] 87
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[16] 48
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[20] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ciara gifts fans with new album, 'Beauty Marks'". ABC News Radio. May 10, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Hear Ciara's Upbeat New Single 'Thinkin Bout You'". Rolling Stone]]. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Reviews for Beauty Marks by Ciara". Metacritic. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Strauss, Matthew (March 28, 2019). "Ciara Announces New Album Beauty Marks". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Ciara Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "Grammy Award Winning R&B Artist Ciara Plans to "Kiss and Tell"". Prlog.com. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Ciara is leaving Epic Records according to @deontaemoore". Hip-hopvibe.com. February 18, 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Ciara Cancels Upcoming North American Tour Dates". Billboard. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  9. ^ Gracie, Bianca (March 1, 2016). "CIARA DEFENDS 'JACKIE,' SAYS NEXT ALBUM WILL BE BEST OF HER CAREER". Fuse. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Lamarre, Carl (January 27, 2017). "Ciara Signs With Warner Bros. Records". Billboard. United States: Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on January 27, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  11. ^ Sam (January 27, 2017). "Ciara Signs New Record Deal With Warner Bros". Thatgrapejuice.net. United States. Archived from the original on January 27, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases - R&B Song and Hip-Hop Music Release Dates - ..." All Access. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Ciara Talks New Label, 'Leveling Up' to Be Her Own Boss: 'Tough Moments Build Your Character'". Billboard. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Ciara Announces New Album 'Beauty Marks'". Rap-Up. March 28, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "Ciara Talks "Thinkin Bout You" Performance & Oprah's Impact | BBMAs 2019". MSN. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Ciara Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Beauty Marks by Ciara on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Digital Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  20. ^ "Ciara Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2019.