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Ashanti (born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas; October 13, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She rose to fame in the early 2000s. 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. 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

Ja Rule, Young Jeezy & Ashanti Cashing Huge New Year's Checks

Ja Rule, Young Jeezy & Ashanti
Raking Huge Dough To (W)rap Up '16, Sing in '17

Ja Rule and Ashanti are going Down Under for New Year's Eve but coming up HUGE. Check out the pics and scroll to see which stars -- including Young Jeezy -- are… READ MORE >

Ja Rule & Ashanti -- We Don't Promote Killings

Ja Rule & Ashanti
We Don't Promote Killings

Ja Rule and Ashanti do not endorse killers, and they've changed the name of their tour ... just in case anyone's getting it twisted.   Ja tells TMZ ... he and Ashanti have decided to… READ MORE >

- 1062 days ago
Ashanti's Stalker -- Gets Prison Time ... But Chance He Could Walk

Ashanti's Stalker
Gets Prison Time ... But Chance He Could Walk

Ashanti's stalker might be getting out of prison, even though he was just sentenced to up to 4 years behind bars. Devar Hurd got 16 months to 4 years prison time, but the catch is that… READ MORE >

- 1181 days ago
Ashanti -- My Stalker's Guilty ... and Staying Locked Up

My Stalker's Guilty ... Staying Locked Up

Ashanti's stalker failed to defend himself in court ... the jury in NYC found him guilty, and now he's facing more time behind bars.   As TMZ reported, Ashanti faced Devar Hurd in court… READ MORE >

- 1194 days ago
Ashanti -- Stalker Gets Sexual While Grillling Singer in Court

Stalker Gets Sexual While Grilling Singer in Court

Ashanti not only faced her stalker in court Wednesday ... he went after her with a barrage of provocative questions. Devar Hurd is on trial for the third time ... this time it's a retrial for… READ MORE >

- 1196 days ago
Diddy & Ashanti -- Fur-Ballin' During Late Night Grub Run

Diddy & Ashanti
Fur-Ballin' For Late Night Grub Run

Diddy was clearly overdressed during a pre-Super Bowl visit to a landmark greasy spoon in Harlem.We're told Diddy -- and his 15-person entourage that included Ashanti and French Montana --… READ MORE >

- 1968 days ago
Ashanti Goes Poof!

Goes Poof!

While a little late to the game, former singer Ashanti has followed in the big-haired footsteps of "Jersey Shore" fashion icon Snooki, Olympian Johnny Weir and soul diva Janelle Monae ... and… READ MORE >

- 2837 days ago
Mary J. Blige vs. Ashanti: Who'd You Rather?

Mary J. Blige vs. Ashanti
Who'd You Rather?

Music divas Mary J. Blige, 39, and Ashanti, 30, got sassy at the same event in NYC this week.Question is ... READ MORE >

- 3131 days ago
Massive Beatdown at Rapper's B-Day Party

Massive Beatdown
At Rapper's B-Day Party

Rapper Juelz Santana's 27th birthday party turned into a battle royale Monday night when a club goer hopped the divider into the VIP area -- and got the living crap beat out of him while the… READ MORE >

- 3409 days ago
Natasha Cuts Thru the Crap -- No Hitting Women!

Cuts Thru the Crap No Hitting Women!

A lot of celebs have been shockingly ambivalent on the Chris Brown/Rihanna front -- we mean you, Ashanti -- but Natasha Bedingfield finally said what we've all been thinking: "A man should never… READ MORE >

- 3779 days ago
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