How SisQo predicted 'Thong Song' would be a hit 15 years ago

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UNITED STATES - APRIL 11: Sisqo performs his hit \(34)The Thong Song\(34) with some appropriately dressed dancers at VH1's \(34)Men Strike Back\(34) concert at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Singing sensation Sisqo gestures during a news conference in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, announcing the return to the city in 2001 of the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. The awards show, sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, will be held on Feb. 21. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)
Singer Sisqo performs at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
Singer Sisqo arrives for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at New York's Radio City Music Hall. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Sisqo recieves the Radio Party Song of the year award for "Thong Song" at the 2000 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Theater in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000. Sisqo also recieved the Song of The Year: Hip/Hop Rythmic for "Thong Song" and co-hosted the event with the Backstreet Boys and Mark McGrath. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
Sisqo holds up a thong while receiving his awards for Male Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Male Hot 100 Artist, R&B/Hip Hop Artist, New R&B/Hip Hop Artist and R&B/Hip Hop Singels Artist during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000. Sisqo's big single is "The Thong Song." (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
"Sisqo" reacts for photographers as the nominations for the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards show are announced Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, during a news conference at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sisqo was nominated for best new artist. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Sisqo poses for photographers following the announcement of nominations for the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001. Sisqo was nominated for best new artist. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Rap artist Sisqo, left, is joined by songwriter Kidd as he arrives at the 28th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles Monday, Jan. 8, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Sisqo arrives at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sisqo is nominated in four categories including best R&B album and best new artist. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
Sisqo performs at the 15th annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
Sisqo raises the award of the World's best selling R&B artist, during the 2001 World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco, Wednesday, May 2, 2001. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Sisqo, right, of the rap act Dru Hill, performs with his group at the 17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, March 1, 2003. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Singer Sisqo arrives at the 2008 CMT Awards, Monday, April 14, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Sisqo, a member of the R&B group Dru Hill, sings on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, prior to the start of a House Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property subcommittee hearing on the "Performing Rights Act" Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Sisqo arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
381258 07: Rapper Sisqo poses with his awards backstage at the 2000 Radio Music Awards at the Alladin Hotel November 4, 2000 in Las Vegas, NV. Sisqo won two awards: Song Of The Year: Hip Hop/Rhythmic and Radio Party Song Of The Year for 'Thong Song.' (Photo by Newsmakers)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 3: Singer JC Chasez of NSYNC, singer Sisqo and singer Toni Braxton attend the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards Nominations Announcement on January 3, 2001 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
384057 06: R&B vocalist Sisqo arrives at the 28th Annual American Music Awards January 8, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Newsmakers)
386320 16: Actor-singer Sisqo arrives for the premiere of the comedy film 'Get Over It' March 8, 2001 in Westwood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Newsmakers)
Sisqo arrives at Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Barker Hanger in Los Angeles Saturday, April 21, 2001. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Singer Sisqo and actor Jason Biggs at the Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Barker Hanger in Los Angeles, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2001.(photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
American rapper Sisqo poses with his award for Best Selling R&B Artist at the World Music Awards, Monte Carlo, Monaco, May 2, 2001. (Photo by HY/Newsmakers/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 01: Sisqo visits the Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Friday April 1, 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 05: Singer Sisqo of Dru Hill performs onstage at The Greek Theatre on July 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
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Though it seems hard to believe, Nov. 30 is the 15th anniversary of the release of SisQo's debut album Unleash the Dragon... AKA the record that brought us the crazy, catchy track "Thong Song."

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The album was an instant smash and sold 6 million copies in the U.S.

But when ET talked to SisQo back in 1999, he was confident that "Thong Song" was going to be huge. "My next single off of my new album [is] the 'Thong Song,' which is going to be like an international supersmash," he told ET before the single even was released. "It's going to be really big."

The 36-year-old has kept a relatively low profile since the early 2000's, releasing Return of the Dragon in 2001 and then lying low until he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 7 in 2010 and Celebrity Wife Swap in 2013. But, the "dragon" is now coming back in a big way and will be releasing his third album, Last Dragon, on Jan. 13, 2015!

In honor of the 15th anniversary of Unleash the Dragon, we've compiled a list of 15 times SisQo's unleashed his inner social media dragon on Twitter.

1. His inspirational guidance. 2. His attempt to promote animated TV shows. 3. When he realized the date. 4. When he talked Thanksgiving preparation. 5. His special appreciation for all those grocery store goers. 6. When things escalated quickly. 7. He proved, yet again, that he is devoted to dragons. 8. Even though he missed the Aaliyah movie, he wound up being cool with it. 9. His shameless self-promotion. 10. Another time he inspired us. 11. He's all about that Smash Bros. life, which is amazing. 12. When we realized he might love comic books more than he loves thongs. 13. NOSTALGIA OVERLOAD. 14. He defied gravity.

15. He wasn't trying to keep it undercover that he absolutely lovesUndercover Brother.

Check out the video to see how he predicted the success of "Thong Song" before it was ever released!

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How SisQo Predicted 'Thong Song' Being a Hit 15 Years Ago

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