Ashanti



Real Name : Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas

Born: 13/10/1980 (37 yo)
Birth place: Glen Cove, New York (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Singer , Actress



Summary


Ashanti is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song "Foolish", and sold over 503,000 copies in its first week of release throughout the U.S. in April 2002.



Biography


The album set a Soundscan record as the biggest opening week sales for a new female artist, outselling debuts by Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill. In the same week, she became the first female performer to simultaneously hold the top two places on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "Foolish", and "What's Luv?" (with Fat Joe). Ashanti broke records again by having three top ten songs, "Foolish," "What's Luv?" and "Always on Time", on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the same week, being the first woman to accomplish this feat and being second only to the Beatles. In 2003, the self-titled debut album won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album. As of 2008, Ashanti has sold over 15 million records worldwide. Ashanti ended the decade (2000–09) as the third top new R&B artist behind Alicia Keys and Beyoncé. She also ended the decade at number 38 on the Top Artist of the Decade list. She is currently on the list of The Twenty Best Selling Music Singles Since 1990 for her single Foolish for selling 7.2 million copies to-date. Ashanti has an estimated net worth of $40 million dollars [USD].

Ashanti wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)", which reached number one on Billboard Hot 100, which was also in the top 10 chart at the same time as "Foolish", "Always on Time" (with Ja Rule), and "What's Luv" (with Fat Joe). Later that year, she was acclaimed as the "Princess Of Hip-Hop & R&B" by her label and capped off her successful debut by winning eight Billboard awards and two American Music Awards. Within seven years of Ashanti's career, she has scored 16 top 40 hits on the Hot 100. Ashanti has endorsed numerous products including Gap, Herbal Essences and Mudd Jeans.

Ashanti cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, and Blue Magic as her musical influences.Praised as a gifted songwriter by her peers and critics alike, Ashanti has written/co-written the bulk of all her music. She is currently working on her own publishing company entitled Written Entertainment. She released her fourth studio album entitled The Declaration on June 3, 2008 and is currently in the studio working on her fifth. She also performed the charity tune "Just Stand Up" alongside 15 other female singers for the "Stand Up to Cancer" live television special which helped raise $100 million dollars for cancer research.



Websites & Social Networks


http://ashantithisisme.com/


Discography: (Albums)

  • Ashanti (2002)
  • Chapter II (2003)
  • Concrete Rose (2004)
  • The Declaration (2008)
  • BraveHeart (2013)

Discography: (Singles)

  • 2002 Foolish – Happy – Baby
  • 2003 Rock with you – Rain on me
  • 2004 Breakup 2 Makeup (featuring Black Child) – Only you
  • 2005 Don't Let Them – Still on it (featuring Paul Wall and Method Man)
  • 2008 The Way That I Love You – Good Good
  • 2011 The Woman You Love (featuring Busta Rhymes)
  • 2012 That’s What We Do (featuring R. Kelly)
  • 2013 Never Should Have

Filmography:

Films

  • "Bride and Predijuce" (2012)
  • The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)
  • Coach Carter (2005)
  • John Tucker Must Die (2006)
  • Resident Evil Extinction (2007)

Television

  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (2002)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2003)
  • WrestleMania XIX (Opening: America the Beautiful) (2003)
  • The Proud Family (voice) (2003)
  • Pepsi Smash (Commercial) (2003)
  • Punk'd (2004)
  • Oxygen: Custom Concert (2004)
  • Las Vegas (TV series) (2005)
  • 2007 World Series (Opening: 'God Bless America') (2007)
  • NFL Thanksgiving Classic CBS (Opening: 'National Anthem') (2007)
  • BET Awards Nomination Special "I Wanna Thank My Mama" (host) (2008)
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2010)
  • "[(Friends)]" (2002)
  • Army Wives (2013-present)

Theater

  • The Wiz (2009)

Videos