Ester Dean Reveals ‘Drop It Low’ Was Originally for Ciara

Ester Dean and Ciara

Ester Dean has penned tracks for everyone from Rihanna and Nicki Minaj to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, but her songs don’t always end up where they’re supposed to. Her 2009 solo smash, “Drop It Low” featuring Chris Brown, was originally intended for another R&B songstress.

“‘Drop It Low,’ honestly, was for Ciara, but she didn’t come get the song. And then Britney [Spears] wanted it,” the hitmaker told the Los Angeles Times. “During the demo [Polow Da Don] kept telling me, ‘You’ve gotta believe it’ as I was singing it. A week later he asked if I wanted to hear my new single.”

The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is parlaying the single’s success into her upcoming debut, with songs like the Euro-flavored “Gimme Money” and pop ballad “Hero” already in the can. But if another artist happens to come along and like what she’s got, she isn’t averse to passing off a hit.

“Look, these songs are for me, but I ain’t stupid,” she explained. “If somebody wants them, they can have them.”

Dean is currently seeing success on the chart with songwriting credits on Rihanna’s “S&M” and “What’s My Name?” as well as Katy Perry’s “Firework.”



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42 Comments

  1. Lolsmileyface

    I’m sorry Ester, Ciara would have done good.
    I’m sorry Ciara, but Britney would have KILLED it. Well what’s done is done already.

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    Devin Reply:

    @Lolsmileyface, CIARA don’t have a great fanbase. Her cD flopped. I would not want her singing my music.

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    Lolsmileyface Reply:

    @Devin, Thats why I said the Princess of Pop aka Britney would have killed it. She needs some new urban material anyway.

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    sugartarx Reply:

    @Lolsmileyface, i think britney would’nt have done better than Ester ,she Slayed it !!!

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    @sugartarx, CIARA would have killed it. Ciara does have a big fanbase. She is a MULTI Platinum selling artist. Britney would have sounded an auto-tunned mess on the song. Britney’s vocals are all studio generated.

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    Dave Reply:

    @., PREACH! mean honestly what would have “BRITNEY” done? They mean her “producers”? She can’t sing, she has no type of vocal uniqueness, harmonies, nothing. She sure as hell couldn’t have performed it. Ciara would have killed it. It’s not about the numbers or name, it’s about the talent. & with Ciara’s talent, performances, & swag, it would’ve been a success as well.

    Lolsmileyface Reply:

    @., Britney the princess would have brought it like she did on “I’m a Slave 4U,” “Outrageous,” and some of her urban cuts on Blackout.

    Che's_Beret Reply:

    @Lolsmileyface, I’d have to disagree. This track was waayyy to “urban” for “pop princess” Britney. She wouldn’t have given this song no type of justice.

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  2. tiffany

    dat song was soooooooo powerful

    a classic ! ester dean is more talented than some stars on the spotlights right now and with a feat with chris broxwn, she understood everything
    this was a good start in her career

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  3. Beacon

    Glad to see her album’s still coming…

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  4. Lisa

    I’m sorry, but Britney couldn’t have done that song justice. She’s lacking that fierce-ness in her voice these days just like she wouldn’t have done “Umbrella” justice nor would have Mary J. Blige.

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  5. Music

    Uhh why Britney ain’t that song hip hop, now why would anyone want the acclaimed Princess of Pop singing hip hop thats like having the Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige singing Country or the King of R&B R. Kelly singing Alternative it just won’t make sense

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  6. Jalin

    Ciara would’ve murdered this ESPECIALLY with Chris in the mix. omgah!

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  7. Sleazy

    @sugartarx, Sorry honey the lip syncng queen should stick with her autund songs

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  8. Neickha

    OMGEEE they should of gave it to her!!!(Ciara)That song fits her. WOW Ciara and Chris Dancing in that video can you imagine? Damn.. That would of been great. Ester Dean is awesome too!

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  9. Sleazy

    it reachd the top 40! it would have chartd high with cici the vid with c.b would have been awesome! i loved ester dean versn buty ci would have slayd

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  10. wow!

    ciara shoulde hav got dat. ester is 2 talented becuz that song fits cici perfect.ciara has to work wit ester next album.

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  11. Sleazy

    @wow!, Ester Co-wrote never ever and turn it up ft usher

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  12. malikMJdope

    WOW SHES HELLA TALENTED SHE ID ALOT OF RECORDS I AINT KNOW…NICKI “SUPER BASS”…CHRIS BROWN “GoTTA BE YOUR MAN” shes dope

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  13. greg

    mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn ciara would of killed that track, video and lyrics man ciara ima huge fan of urs bt yhu gotta get yo head out yo ass sometimes cz yhu think everybdy against yhu bt ppl wanna see you on the charts..get it together ci cz dhs could of been a massive hit for yhu ma!! smfh

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  14. Lem

    Britney does urban songs really well. I think she would have done Drop It Low justice.

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    Lolsmileyface Reply:

    @Lem, DEFINITELY.

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  15. Stre3t Danc@

    Cici would have killed that

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  16. Boom

    Ciara would have KILLED this song. Its the perfect Ciara record.

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  17. Dave

    Why does years later, song-writers & producers wanna talk about “blah, blah, blah” was intended for such & such? I mean, what’s the relevance of that now?

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    BSM Reply:

    @Dave, exactly whats done is done? Ester handled the song properly, she did a good job da dun dun

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  18. Polly

    Uuuuum that looks NOTHING like ester dean… Smh I it is they need to hold up on the Photoshop
    Well anyways I’m glad water kept it cuz her voice is more powerful than the other two and sorry but I’d like to hear my music…

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  19. Kyle

    Esther Dean is one smart cookie. This just goes to show how successful you can be behind the scenes as a songwriter. She has written hits for so many artists!!! More power to her.

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  20. shell517nj

    drop it low should have charted higher.

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  21. Brittney

    I can’t wait for her album to drop…she’s a fuckin musical genius.

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  22. BSM

    That pic look kinda photoshopped

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  23. inna

    Britney singing this would be so cheesy just imagine her all gangster! lol i cant pictre her sayng This for For money makn b!tches throw your hands in the air I got patron in my cup! way to urban 4 her

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  24. Andylo

    Thank god that ciara didnt get this song! it would song like trash

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  25. realreppinhiphop

    Dam nicki ghost writers? What a clown

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  26. Prettiedove

    Thank God Ciara didn’t get it, she wud have messed it up!!! No one cares abt her songs anymore, if we wanna see someone dance then we gonna tune into DWTS or “so u think u can dance”! #byeCiara!

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    LOUD Reply:

    @Prettiedove, Im not even a ciara fan but this song is down her lane i know she wouldve rockd it.

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  27. maya

    I love all the songs Ester wrote 4 Christina Aguilera. “Vanity” is my shit!

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  28. charlene

    Chris brown sounded great on this and ciara not so much too fast for her and all that . plus she is like so played out . lol

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    Illumanati Reply:

    @charlene, Wtf? ciara didnt even record it

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  29. credits

    why everytime i see ester dean in a photo, she looks different? That pic don’t look nothing like the the same girl from the drop it low video.

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  30. nookie

    lol to all yall saying “thank god ciara didnt get this record” yall just dry as hatin cz if ciara was on the record yall would of been playin it..blk ppl just hate for no reason.. smh bt she prolly reading yall comments and laughin at yall bitch ass cz yall will nt be where she is today ha!!

    bye yall non factor fckers!!

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  31. molly

    Ciara would of killed , Love ester DEAN! :)

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