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Ashanti

With hitmaker Irv Gotti at the helm, Ashanti blasted into the urban music scene in 2002, topping the charts with multiple singles at once. She quickly became a sensation, gracing the covers of magazines and dominating urban radio. Ashanti built her reputation with duets, where she would complement an already popular rapper -- Ja Rule ("Always on Time"), Fat Joe ("What's Luv?"), the Notorious B.I.G. ("Unfoolish") -- contrasting the tough-guy male perspective with her own. It didn't take the young vocalist long to make a name for herself though: her debut album topped the Billboard album chart just as her debut solo single, "Foolish," was topping the Hot 100 chart. Her presence was inescapable.

Ashanti's overnight jump to superstardom followed that of Ja Rule, a similar urban music sensation helmed by Gotti. The New York producer took notice of Ashanti initially because of her beauty, dancing, and acting. She trained as a dancer at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, learning a number of dance styles. She danced most notably in Disney's Polly, which starred Phylicia Rashad, and also appeared in a number of big-name music videos, in addition to other dance work. As an actress, she made a name for herself with roles in Spike Lee's Malcolm X and Who's da Man before that. The multi-talented vocalist was causing quite a stir, and Gotti did what he could to bring her into his Murder Inc fold. After showcasing her swooning voice on Big Pun's "How We Roll" and the Fast and Furious soundtrack -- both in 2001 -- Gotti put Ashanti to work on her debut album, which he produced.

Success came quickly. A duet with Ja Rule, "Always on Time," hit number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in early 2002 just as a duet with Fat Joe, "What's Luv?," was creeping toward the same number one position. These two airplay-heavy singles set the stage perfectly for Ashanti's self-titled debut release. The album's lead single, "Foolish," raced up the Hot 100 chart, entering the Top Ten in March alongside "Always on Time" and "What's Luv?," giving her three Top Ten songs in the same week, including the number one and two positions -- a quite spectacular feat. And then Ashanti's album debuted at number one on the album chart, selling an astounding 500,000-plus copies in its first week. With all this chart-topping, Ashanti set some sales records and her success continued. Gotti readied a remix of "Foolish," titled "Unfoolish," that featured the Notorious B.I.G. and again overtook urban radio, where no artist was more omnipresent throughout 2002 than Ashanti.

She returned the following year with Chapter II, which likewise topped the Billboard album chart on the heels of its hot lead single, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)." The album's success was somewhat eclipsed, however, by all the negative drama surrounding the Murder Inc camp at the time (i.e., an FBI investigation and a G-Unit feud). A Christmas album followed late that year. Concrete Rose appeared in December 2004 and debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200. Though she remained with The Inc for 2008's The Declaration, she sought out a number of songwriters and producers outside the label's in-house team, including Akon, Babyface, and Mario Winans. Highlighted by "The Way That I Love You" and "Good Good," it debuted at number six. Ashanti and the label subsequently parted ways. During the summer of 2009, Ashanti starred as Dorothy in a New York City stage production of The Wiz. Additional acting gigs and television appearances followed, including a role in the series Army Wives. In March 2014, over two years after its intended lead single ("The Woman You Love") was released, Ashanti released Braveheart, her first album for the eOne label. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Track List: Never Should Have (Single)

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Track List: That's What We Do (Single)

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Track List: The Way That I Love You (Radio Single)

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Track List: The Woman You Love (Single)

Comments

only you can make me feel only you can take me there
Rainn on mee lord wont u take this painn from i dont wanna live i wanna breathe babee
The way that your walking the way that talking your the one i wanna spend this night with
Gone but. Never. Forgotten we love you SHOT s from center tx
say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this on 5 other songs and look under ur pillow
see i could never feel alone with you i gave up everything i own for u i love it when i hear your name i be saying baby baby baby
i was being so foolish with you every Time i try to pack my bags that something that holds me back. That was my s**t in middle and high school bring back memories
Why after all of this time that we tried i found out we was living a lie smh
Boy you got me doing things that i will never do and i cant stop the way im feeling if i wanted to ,
I just wanna love youuu babyyy , alwayss thinking of you babyyy , can u ride for me , can u roll for me baby lol
Love her music :)
Wooow
I won't Ashanti you and Ariana grande to.������
Ashanti is nice person I ever
Loved so very much like Ariana grande because she is sweet to me and I know what she say to
Me like what I'm so very much nice person to have and loved again.������
I listen to her music everyday old school
The Bible has answers. Go here. http://gotqu e s t i o n s . o r g /
I use this song on flipagram
I love this song
I love 2 on
p.greer22
Love your work :)!!!!! God bless you!
clsmith2621
MIKE JONES !..... ONE ♥
Don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. now your reading so don't stop. this so put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. when done press F6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. this is so scary it actually works.
Mine
Yaaaaaasssss
She bad
My song
tbrooks826
Love Ashanti!
THIS IS A BAD A** ALBUM SHE MADE .LOVE ALL THE SONGS,AND IT REMAINS ME OF A BAD PATCH I WAS GOING THROUGH WHILE I WAS MARRIED AND SONGS THAT I COULD OF HELLA RELATED TO..
My s**t
My s**t
Love me some Ashanti.
Lol my name is Ashanti XD
Love this song. Ashanti <3
I have always LOVED ASHANTI' S MUSIC AND WOULD LOVE FOR HER TO MAKE A NEW SINGLE I KNOW IN MY HEART IT WILL BE NUMBER #1 ON THE BILLBOARDS.. KEEP IT UP GIRL U R ALLLLL THAT...
Ashanti so washed
themaninthes k y
Ashanti
Mmmmmm She Is Soo Baeee(:
Climax trading places pills n potions let it go
moody.ariana
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post on 5 songs
Check under your pillow
The way I love u and so over u ma song
Dkdkkrorodos k s o f i o d o d k f o o o d o s d o i d o d k d i r o f f o f o i i f i f i i f i f i f i g g i f
Pink
Kiss or hand 5 times and post on 2 song and a pink or blue iPhone will be under pillow
D......Maste r , ur da real deal fine as hell red bone......,L v it
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
post on 5 songs
Check under your pillow
Love my girl preach lol
This song thoe haha good time and bad but always keep ur head up hi ha if u really love them tho then what the hell are u doing with out them
I Love this song and I am glad I got to read ur comment Amy I needed to hear that even though it wasnt directed to me....Going thru the rain but, Im keeping my faith in God and keeping myself open to change for the better and loving tighter in momments of struggle...B l e s s i n g s to y'all
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