Ciara is back on the music making scene, and she's spilling out her heartache in a stunning new R&B single. Today (Jan. 14), the "Body Party" singer released the break-up and move on anthem "I Bet," and one can't help but think of her recent break up with rapper Future.
Set to a classic '90s-style R&B track, with stinged instruments, keyboards and steady beats, Ciara bets on the fact that her ex-man will be wanting her again someday in the revelatory, universal chorus.
"I bet you still love me / As soon as I start loving someone else / Somebody better than you / I bet you start needing me / As soon as you see me with someone else / Somebody other than you," Ciara sings in the opening bars, letting her message be heard loud and clear. "And I know that it hurts / You know that it hurts your pride / But you thought the grass was greener on the other side."
Later, Ciara reveals that she's hurting too and isn't as boastful as the chorus would suggest, as she sings about how much it hurts that she will have to find someone new "when I was betting on a future with you."
Musically, the song moves away from Ciara's later discography and recalls the production of some of her earlier hits, such as "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step." It's quiet and contemplative and deeply personal, and it's some of her best music in years.
Listen to Ciara's new single "I Bet" below:
"I Bet" is the lead single off Ciara's forthcoming sixth studio album. Her last record, Ciara was released in July 2013.