Thinkin Bout You (Ciara song)

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"Thinkin Bout You"
Ciara - Thinkin Bout You.png
Single by Ciara
from the album Beauty Marks
ReleasedMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
  • Beauty Marks Studios
  • Space Primates Palace
LabelBeauty Marks
Producer(s)Space Primates
Ciara singles chronology
"Greatest Love"
"Thinkin Bout You"
"Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels (Remix)"
Music video
"Thinkin Bout You" on YouTube

"Thinkin Bout You" is a song by American singer-songwriter Ciara, from her seventh studio album Beauty Marks (2019). The song was released on March 29, 2019, as the fifth single from the album. It was distributed to digital download and streaming formats by Beauty Marks Entertainment, Ciara's own record label. The song was written by Ciara, Ester Dean, Marc Sibley, Nathan Cunningham, and produced by Space Primates. The music video for the track was released alongside the single, and was directed by American director Hannah Lux Davis. She worked alongside British stylist Phoebe Lettice Thompson for the visual and it features Ciara dancing around a hotel suite as she gets ready for a date. To promote its release, Ciara has performed the song live at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

"Thinkin Bout You" has received positive reviews from music critics. The song's upbeat rhythm has been favoured and branded pop, disco and a homage to 1980's popular music. The single has so far achieved modest success on the US R&B Digital Songs Billboard chart, peaking at number three.


Ciara announced the single on March 28, 2019 via her Twitter account.[3] The song was released the following day on March 29 and it serves as the fifth single from her seventh studio album "Beauty Marks".[4] Ciara started her own record label in 2017 and "Beauty Marks" is named after her label and the first album to have been released on it.[5] "Thinkin Bout You" was distributed to digital download and streaming formats via the label.[4][3][6]

The song was written by Ciara, Ester Dean,[7] Marc Sibley and Nathan Cunningham.[citation needed] It was produced by Space Primates.[8]

Ciara told Ericka Franklin from The Hollywood Reporter that the song is "retro with a modern twist" and "has a bit of a disco vibe to it."[7] She told Liz Calvario‍ from Entertainment Tonight that "Thinkin Bout You" is about the "special feeling" you have in the early stages of a relationship.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the track was teased via the singer's Instagram account on March 29, 2019.[10] It was released alongside the single the following day. It was directed by the American director Hannah Lux Davis.[6] The video features Ciara singing and dancing around a luxury hotel suite as she gets ready for a date. As the video progresses, she is seen taking a bath, dancing on the bed while getting ready and changing into multiple outfits as she dances around the hotel suite. At the end of the video, she decides on a final outfit just as her date arrives at the door.[6] Ciara worked with the British stylist Phoebe Lettice Thompson for the video. She did not have many different styles in the video because the narrative of the video is simply getting ready for a date. Ciara added that she was "very comfortable dancing around in my room and letting go and getting lost in my thoughts."[7]

Glenn Rowley from Billboard called the video a "bubbly clip" which opens like a scene out of the movie Pretty Woman.[6]

Live performances[edit]

Ciara performed the song live for the first time at the April 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.[11] Ciara's first live televised performance was at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on May 1, 2019.[12][13] To promote the set Ciara partnered with music identification application Shazam. Viewers who used the application to identify her performance could access exclusive backstage rehearsal footage.[14] The performance was compared to the works of Janet Jackson.[15][16] On May 15, 2019 Ciara sang the track live on Sirius XM.[17] On May 17, Ciara performed the song on the outdoor stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. She wore a red jumpsuit as part of a choreographed set and she was accompanied by the dance group The Lab.[18]

Critical reception[edit]

Emily Zemler from Rolling Stone branded it a "buoyant pop song" accompanied by a "hooky chorus and disco-tinged dance floor beat." Zemler interpreted the song as Ciara "reflecting on a missed love connection."[4] Jessica Bennett (Ebony) labelled it a "feel-good single".[19] Billboard's Rowley said that "Thinkin Bout You" has a "effervescent" first verse and a "fizzy chorus".[6] Fellow Billboard journalist Carl Lamarre called it an "uptempo bop".[20] In a review posted by GQ the song is described as "a really good pop track is this intangible quality that make you feel sexy and great."[21] It also stated that "it's upbeat in a way that feels genuine" and "it's one part sentimental, and one part feeling herself." The use of pop guitars and synths were compared to those featured on a typical Carly Rae Jepsen song.[21] Chris DeVille writing for Stereogum said that the track is a "peppy Prince-inspired pop song" that sounds similar to Janelle Monáe's song "Make Me Feel" crossed with Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling".[2]

Mike Wass from Idolator said that the song rivalled her previous singles "Level Up" and "Greatest Love" as the best release from "Beauty Marks". He concluded that the song is "a sugary sweet delight that promises great things for the album."[8] Glennisha Morgan from Kiss 95.1 said "the uptempo pop track has a bit of an '80s feel to it."[22] A writer for Mix 93.3 called it a "love song" with a "upbeat but laid back feel."[23] Fox Life's Elena Arrisico said that the "fresh" song has an eighties sound that could make it a commercial success during summer months.[24] Quinn Keaney from PopSugar said that the very danceable record is the kind "you sing embarrassingly loud in the shower."[25] Hugo Gloss said that "Thinkin Bout You" described Ciara's delivery as "soft vocals" to a "dance beat".[26]


Chart (2019) Peak
France Downloads (SNEP)[27] 193
US R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (Billboard)[28] 20
US R&B Digital Songs (Billboard)[29] 3


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  3. ^ a b Strauss, Matthew (March 29, 2019). "Ciara Announces New Album Beauty Marks, Shares New Song "Thinkin Bout You"". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
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  7. ^ a b c Franklin, Ericka (March 29, 2019). "Ciara on How She and Husband Russell Wilson Sync Up on Fashion and Fitness". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Wass, Mike (March 29, 2019). "Ciara Is Seriously Lovesick On Slinky New Single, "Thinkin Bout You"". Idolator. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Calvario, Liz (April 10, 2019). "Ciara Shares the Most Important Thing She Does for Her Wellbeing". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
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  11. ^ Testino, Laura (April 26, 2019). "Ciara's Jazz Fest performance was always going to be sunny". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Lewis, Hilary (April 9, 2019). "Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Madonna, BTS, Jonas Brothers to Perform". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  13. ^ Crist, Allison (May 1, 2019). "Ciara Makes Television Debut of "Thinkin Bout You" at 2019 Billboard Music Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  14. ^ "#Shazam @ciara's performance right now to get access to exclusive rehearsal footage!!! #ShazamBBMAs #BBMAs". Twitter. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  15. ^ Domanick, Andrea (May 2, 2019). "BTS and Halsey lead new pop generation at Billboard Music Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "Ciara Performs 'Thinking' Bout You' at 2019 BBMAs: Watch". Vibe. May 1, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "Watch: Ciara Sings Her Latest Single, 'Thinkin Bout You' On SiriusXM". Soundpasta. May 15, 2019. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  18. ^ Zemler, Emily (May 17, 2019). "Watch Ciara Perform 'Thinkin Bout You' on 'Kimmel'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  19. ^ Bennett, Jessica (April 2, 2019). "Ciara Drops Latest Single Ahead of New Album 'Beauty Marks'". Ebony. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  20. ^ Lamarre, Carl (May 1, 2019). "Ciara Brings the Heat For 'Thinkin Bout You' Performance at BBMAs: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "The 4.5 Songs You Need to Hear Right Now". GQ. April 4, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  22. ^ Morgan, Glennisha (March 29, 2019). "Ciara Releases 'Thinkin Bout You' Single". Kiss 95.1. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  23. ^ "Ciara Returns With New Single 'Thinkin Bout You'". Mix 93.3. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  24. ^ Arrisico, Elena (March 29, 2019). "Thinkin Bout You di Ciara: audio, testo e traduzione". Fox Life (in Italian). Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  25. ^ Keaney, Quinn (May 2, 2019). "I Can Already Tell I Won't Be Able to Stop "Thinkin' Bout" Ciara's Billboards Performance". PopSugar. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  26. ^ "BBMA 2019: Ciara arrasa em apresentação incrível do novo single "Thinkin Bout You"; vem ver!". Hugo Gloss (in Portuguese). May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  27. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 14, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  28. ^ "Ciara Chart History (R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  29. ^ "R&B Digital Song Sales – April 13, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2019. (subscription required)

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