Ciara returned with her highly anticipated Beauty Marks album on Friday (May 10), the singer’s follow-up to 2015’s Jackie. The long-awaited collection is the culmination of a nearly year-long rollout that began last summer with the dance-heavy “Level Up.”
Beauty Marks also includes previously released singles “Freak Me,” “Dose,” “Greatest Love,” and “Thinkin Bout You.” The 11-track effort is mostly free of features, outside of guest appearances from Kelly Rowland, Macklemore, and Tekno. Accomplished producers J.R. Rotem and Darkchild also lend their talents to the project.
Billboard caught up with CiCi on the BBMAs red carpet last week to get her thoughts on Beauty Marks‘ imminent release. “It’s an exciting album for me,” she said. “I think that it’s one of the best ones that I’ve done. Really proud of it. Macklemore’s joined me, Kelly Rowland’s joined me, Tekno, and also my girl Skylar Grey co-produced the title track ‘Beauty Marks’ and we also wrote it together, so I’m excited about it.”
Ciara also expressed her love for husband Russell Wilson on the romancing “Trust Myself.” “I never had this feeling/ For you, I’m something different/ Don’t stop right there, I love what you’re doin’ to me/ This thing right here the realest/ We know our love is endless,” she sings of her soulmate.
Taylor Swift also took to Instagram to gush over Ciara’s release, writing, “It’s her first album on her new imprint label and she’s worked so hard. Stream/buy!”
Stream Beauty Marks below.