Ashanti (US R&B singer and musician)

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Legal name: Ashanti Shequoyia Douglas

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Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (born October 13, 1980) is an American singer and actress. She was first discovered as a teenager and later signed to Murder Inc. Records in 2002. That year, she was featured on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" and Ja Rule's "Always on Time", both of which became two of the biggest hit songs of 2002. She became the first female artist to occupy the top two positions on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously with "Foolish" and "What's Luv?" at numbers one and two, respectively.

In 2002, Ashanti released her eponymous debut album, which sold over 505,000 copies throughout the U.S. in its first week of release. The album earned her many awards, including eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The album has since been certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide by the end of 2003. The lead single for the album, "Foolish", was a critical and commercial success; it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. With "Foolish", she became the second artist (after The Beatles) to have their first three chart entries in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. Ashanti wrote and sang for Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)", which also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2003, Ashanti released her second album, Chapter II, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies in the U.S. The album went platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies in U.S. since its release. The album's singles, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me", were both commercial successes, peaking at number two and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively. Chapter II was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were each nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In November 2003, Ashanti released a Christmas album titled Ashanti's Christmas, which was a modest commercial success.

In 2004, Ashanti released her third studio album, Concrete Rose, the title of which took on Tupac Shakur's pseudonym "The Rose That Grew from Concrete". The album debuted at number seven in the U.S., with first-week sales of 254,000 copies, and became her third platinum certified album. The first single, "Only U", reached number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her biggest hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number two. A second single, the ballad "Don't Let Them", garnered little chart success after Def Jam refused to fund a music video due to Irv Gotti's legal troubles during his money laundering trial. Her subsequent albums, including The Declaration (2008) and Braveheart (2014), the latter of which was released independently, on Ashanti's record label, Written Entertainment.

Aside from music, Ashanti has also acted in various productions. In 2005, she made her feature film debut in Coach Carter alongside Samuel L. Jackson, as well as starring as Dorothy Gale in the made-for-television film The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, which attracted nearly 8 million viewers when it premiered. She has since appeared in the films John Tucker Must Die (2006) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). Throughout her career, Ashanti has sold nearly 15 million records worldwide.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2002AshantiAshanti23
2003Chapter IIAshanti5
2003Ashanti’s ChristmasAshanti3
2004Concrete RoseAshanti22
2008The DeclarationAshanti53
2008The VaultAshanti3
2014BraveheartAshanti5

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2004Can't StopAshanti3
2005Collectables by AshantiAshanti1
2013IconAshanti1

Album + Spokenword + Audiobook

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2002Foolish and Unfoolish:Reflections on LoveAshanti1
Foolish Unfoolish: Reflections on loveAshanti1

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2001How We RollBig Pun featuring Ashanti2
2002Always on TimeJa Rule feat. Ashanti1
2002FoolishAshanti2
2002HappyAshanti4
2002BabyAshanti3
2002Down 4 UIrv Gotti Presents Ja Rule, Ashanti, Charli Baltimore and Vita4
2002UnfoolishAshanti2
2002What’s Luv?Fat Joe feat. Ashanti3
2003MesmerizeJa Rule feat. Ashanti1
2003Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)Ashanti2
2003Rain on MeAshanti2
2004WonderfulJa Rule feat. R. Kelly & Ashanti2
2005Only UAshanti3
2005Don't Let ThemAshanti2
2007Pac’s Life2Pac featuring Ashanti and T.I.1
2007Good GoodAshanti3
2008The Way That I Love YouAshanti1
2008Body on MeNelly feat. Akon & Ashanti1
2011The Woman You LoveAshanti feat. Busta Rhymes1
2012That's What We DoAshanti feat. R. Kelly1
2013I Got ItAshanti feat. Rick Ross1
2017Say LessAshanti feat. Ty Dolla $ign1
20212:35 (I Want You)Ashanti1
2022BabyAitch & Ashanti1

Single + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2016HelplessAshanti feat. Ja Rule1

EP

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2013A Wonderful Christmas With AshantiAshanti3

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