Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, who was born in Glen Cove, New York, is a recording artist, record producer, actress, dancer, and model who came into the public eye in the early 2000s.
She acquired her musical bend from her mother, Tina Douglas, a former dance teacher and her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, a former singer. She was named for the Ashanti Empire in Ghana.
Ashanti is most well-known for her self-named 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.
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 had 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.
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In 2003, the album won Ashanti a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album. As of 2008, she has sold more than 27 million records worldwide.
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Ashanti’s new single & fifth album, The Woman You Love, is set to be released in August 2012, with the first single being planned for a summertime release. Originally, called "No Good," the title of the first single was later changed to "The Woman You Love," featuring American rapper Busta Rhymes. it was released online on December 15, 2011. Ashanti has also been recording with Dr. Dre, Game, and Lil Wayne. Single titles include “Paradise” and “She Can’t.”
R. Kelly joins the singer on a track titled "That’s What We Do," and Keyshia Cole appears on "Woman To Woman."
Ashanti released her first song in three years, "Never Too Far Away." It is the title track to Morgan Creek's film Dream House starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz with Naomi Watts. Ashanti also confirmed that the song will be on her upcoming fifth album.
Ashanti is in talks to be in the sequel to Coach Carter and is executive producing and starring in a movie called I Love Cinema.
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