Ciara finds herself as the latest Web hot topic after singer and producer The Dream blasted the 24-year-old singer in a recent interview with our friends over at Parlour magazine.

The Dream said:

“You only get so many times to, and I won’t say fail, but not achieve. There’s an expectation of where Ciara should be in her career. To other, she’s achieved but not to us, becauseTTTTsaw where her career was headed.”

We don’t know whether to call it a diss or much needed tough love. Some folks think The Dream should give the attention to his wife, singer and actress Christina Milian. But this isn’t the first time Ciara’s ability to sustain– or to be on Beyonce or Rihanna’s level–was up for debate. Critics have long questioned whether her sex will sell on her upcoming fourth album “Basic Instinct” and what exactly holds this Atlanta-singer back.

After eight weeks on the charts, her “Ride” single barely makes Billboard’s top 10 and her overly sexual moves in the single’s video was allegedly banned by BET. The singer continues to get posey on the social scene with BFFs Lala Vazquez and Kim Kardashian, whose friendship keeps the lights flashing.

Still, the singer remains an industry favorite. Like Rihanna, designers flock to her gorgeous physique. In 2009 Ciara signed a multi-million dollar deal with Wilhelmina Models, posed in multiple issues of Vogue and was a representative for high-end designer Givenchy at Fall 2010 Fashion Week.

But what of her recording career? Do you think Ciara is on a downward hill? You be the judge!

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