keeps the female-empowerment message alive on "Go Girl," the first single from her upcoming album, Fantasy Ride. The R&B songbird said the song, which features on the hook, is all about "someone that's strong, determined and independent."
"T-Pain is a really cool guy, so I enjoyed the whole process," she told MTV News on the set of the video. "I just wanted to make it a bit easier, 'cause the Fantasy Ride is a world of fantasy and fun. There's just so many different worlds I want to take my fans."
T-Pain had mutual love for Ciara. "The record came together basically with me and Ciara working for days in the studio, and we got pressured to ... make a song," he said. "The one we finished was 'Go Girl.' We had a lot of fun. She was dancing. I was trying to dance as good as her!"
Ciara is preaching control on the song and in her professional life. The 22-year-old singer took the reins as the album's executive producer, getting everyone from to to to make cameos. "I have a song with Missy, and it's crazy and out of this world," she said. "The energy is to the 10th power again."
Ciara also invited some fresh faces aboard the Fantasy Ride. "I worked with [and] a lot of new producers, too, which I'm really excited about," she said. "There's nothing like new, fresh talent. This album has opened up a little bit with different vibes and energies. I wanted to bring in different writers. I'm excited."
The biggest theme fans will find on the album is Ciara's burgeoning womanhood (something that caused controversy during her recent cover shot for Vibe, for which the singer insisted she was clothed and the magazine insisted she wasn't). "I'm definitely embracing myself more and more each day as a woman," she said. "It's a feeling you can't really describe fully, but I know I feel good, and I'm learning more about myself every day as a woman."