New Music: Ashanti – ‘Never Should Have’

Never Should Have

Ashanti pours her heart out on her emotional new single “Never Should Have,” which was released to iTunes on Tuesday. What seemed like a perfect relationship ends in heartbreak.

“How did we start off in love and end up here?” asks a hurt Ashanti as tears stream down her face. “You never should have loved me/ You never should have touched me/ You never should have told me you loved me and you would never leave me.”

The stirring ballad is set to appear on her upcoming album Braveheart and is also featured on her show “Army Wives.”

Feel her pain on the powerful record.

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164 Comments

  1. George

    FIRST

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    BEYONCELAND Reply:

    @George, I like it and the body SLAYS! She really just needs a good team and not her mom. It’s clearly not working. Don’t be dumb forever Ashanti. Letting them looks go to waste.

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    George Reply:

    @BEYONCELAND, Exactly. I have a friend who is still managed by mother but it’s so wrong. Especially when that next level of fame is in order. Mom sorta cock-blocks even if she wants what is best.

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    TIFFANY Reply:

    @George, alright gurl i’m feeling this

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  2. yeah

    second

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  3. Shay

    I really did feel her pain. The lyrics are incredible.

    Great record!!

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    rwqw Reply:

    @Shay, lol @ “her pain” when someone else did all the work and wrote all the lyrics.

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    ashantifan1 Reply:

    @rwqw, she wrote this song though

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    MiguelLover12 Reply:

    @rwqw, Lmao @ “someone did all the work and wrote the lyrics” Ashanti CLEARLY stated in a interview that she WROTE the song HERSELF!! She WRITES ALL HER SONGS!! She dont pay people to write songs for her!.

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    Nope Reply:

    @MiguelLover12,

    She does write some of her songs, but most are cowritten and she wrote/co-wrote 0/17 tracks on “Ashanti”, so she does pay people to write with/for her and she doesn’t write all her songs. I’m indifferent about Ashanti but let’s not leave an open invitation for haters with your exaggeration.

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    Labo Reply:

    @Nope, Check them credits on ASCAP. You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. Swerve.

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    Nelz91 Reply:

    @Nope, Yea you dont know what youre talking about . . . Ashanti writes MOST of her music some of it is co-written, but most of it she did herself

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  4. Diamond

    That’s a beautiful album cover! Love the song it’s deep lyrically, wonder if its about Nelly? Hmm

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  5. George

    a) Cover is trashy b) it’s better c) it’s obviously about nelly

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    Hov Reply:

    @George, how is sexy stomach trashy? hoe

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    Clarissa Reply:

    @Hov, Lmao right. How is she a trashy hoe because she showing her stomach??

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    lonnie Reply:

    @George, you mad?

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    Dante Reply:

    @George, but no one calls Rihanna Beyonce etc trashy…… smh

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  6. Therealnymo

    Wow! Thanks rap-up for describing the song “Powerful” love your honest opinion towards my favorite.
    The song is set to be @ashanti’s biggest hit. Feel the talent.

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    Diamond Reply:

    @Therealnymo, thanks and its true with right promotion she can get back to the throne where she deserves!!

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  7. Boss

    I’m In love with this song, Ashanti is back

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  8. carter

    love ittttt

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  9. Diamond

    This is my favorite song of hers in a while and im so excited cause its a hit! Thaank u sorry ass Nelly for breaking her heart and giving her a hit!!!! She’s back and im riding with her for LIFE!!!! So please dont be a hater and give it a listen its well worth it!! #BRAVEHEART!!!!! Love you SHAN!!!

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  10. @Marcosj1988

    LOVE THIS SONG ITS HOT ALL I COULD SAY IS #HIT #1

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  11. krackpot

    YES!!!! SHE DID THAT!

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  12. BAY

    MY BABY ASHANTI IS OFFICIALLY BACK! WITH A HIT! #WHOMAD?

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  13. KIta

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

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  14. Linda

    Im so proud of Ashanti. Her vocals came a lOOOOONg way lmao. BUt i love this song!. WIll b supporting you!

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  15. MusicLover589

    Ashanti is a REAL LYRICAL beast!!! #NeverShouldHave smells like a HIt! She better take this and run with it!

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  16. Oly90

    Yes Mutha!, Nelly then gave Ashanti an HIT record lmao. WHile he attending tv show extra tae hackford. Ashanti collecting a check of they relationship!

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  17. MikeNIke

    WHy cant more Artist put out music like this! Smh. #Ashanti you outdone yourself with this one

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  18. Neil

    I love it!!!

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  19. RIchard

    Been a fan of hers since 2002 and i was starting to give up and then i listened to this and was like, AWE HELL NAH, Never doubt this women SOLO music! #TAlent and supporting!

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  20. Beyhive

    I Actually like this song by Ashanti!. No Hate! Keep up the good work

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  21. MiguelLover12

    Ashanti and Miguel should do a song together!! I would most def buy it!!. But i also love this record Ashanti!!

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  22. Brina

    Yes luv this song!!” Ashanti did her thing on this song!!!!” Just purchased it on Itunes!!:) #TeamAshanti all day

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  23. deric

    wow ashanti fuckin wow. she’s tryna take make it shit like 2002 but with a better voice! cause these lyrics and those notes.. =0

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  24. ice angel

    Listening to this song on repeat. Love it! It almost made me cry. The lyrics are deep. Ashanti is such an amazing song writer with a beautiful voice. This song is definitely a hit.

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  25. Kai2dashawn

    Keep getting your copy on iTunes it is already in the top 60 on the R&B charts #TeamAshanti all day

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  26. joey

    total hit, sounds like celine dion’s My Heart Will Go On

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    channelPink Reply:

    @joey, I was thinking somewhere a long the lines of Celine Dione and Cher. Sounds like a great crossover record.

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  27. moma

    Yesss ashantI show these chicks

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  28. lorde

    Lord in tears work ashanti

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  29. Yuperz

    It’s okay. I don’t think it’ll get any radio play but her voice has gotten so much better and she is still hot. She just needs a HIT maybe she should hit up Mike Will Made It or Hitboy if it’s in her budget. Would be worth the investment!

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  30. JFREEDOM

    THIS!!!!! IF ALL ;BRAVEHEART’ SONGZ HAVE THIS QUALITY, PASSION, VOCAL STRENGTH, SIMPLE BEAT PROGRESSIVE!! #1

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  31. aisle

    She made me cry go Ashanti you rock I smell grammy with this one

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  32. Wes

    Yessssssss!!!!!!!! I love this song damn Ashanti wrote the hell out of this song, I really respect Ashanti for writing this song,

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  33. Zack

    Dont really like the song, but i loooove the cover art, if that counts

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  34. Ms. Teal

    YASSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  35. Antonio DeJoyce

    I’m loving this new Ashanti jam….. I’m bout to be jammin this song all damn day/week/month.. Hell until She Can’t(Mine) or Braveheart is released… I can’t wait :)

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  36. Jay-Me

    I’m not feeling this at all. I preferred Woman You Love & No One Greater to this. I think the production lets this down. This cover is freakin’ sexy though.

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  37. deric

    this is quality world music as i keep listening. this will crossover, she needs that push hopefully army wives continues to be successful because that audience will pick up on her new sound and familiarize with her hip hop/r&b title.

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  38. Maze

    My favorite song from her in about a decade!!! This is so deep and beautiful and vocally wonderful. She needs a Grammy for this!

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  39. Righteous

    Nothing spells out heartache like getting your tits out in some brand new lingerie……

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  40. viciuzurban

    go ashanti!

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  41. BraveHeart

    She’s back! Ashanti we love you and you’re doing great on iTunes love #35 on the charts

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  42. Dave

    Dang she was right, this could be a massive hit with the right promo, and placement. Love the song. She’s really showing her versatility here.

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  43. Andre

    this song is amazing, been on repeat since yesterday,im so proud of her. Support good music yall #Braveheart

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  44. debiaseinc

    i feel like 2002, ashanti i see grammy…..

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  45. Chicago

    Love da lyrics

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  46. a

    She’s number 29 now. Go Shanti Big fan from Houston Texas

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  48. Mm

    Love this song !

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  49. JustCoastWitHa

    That Torso>>>>

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  50. AJ

    they should sign her up for X factor USA with Ne-yo or Enrique Iglesias

    or sign her to UK one with Nicole Scherzinger

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  51. Ace_boogie973

    Its Not A Bad Song At All . . . .

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  52. Pam

    loving it, yesssss

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  53. Ashley

    YES! I love this new Ashanti song! It shows growth in her vocals, deep lyrics & the cover is beautiful! She needs more ballads like this that she can perform live & get back on top.

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  54. diggy!

    in loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee with this yess ashanti !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bow down dickheads pow !!!

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  55. Kai2dashawn

    Yessss Ashanti you better sing the hell out of this song I smell a hit plus she is shooting a video for this song and another song and she said woman to woman is suppose to be release sounds well good

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  56. OhWORD?

    Ok Ashanti this the hit i’ve been waiting for! Don’t call it a comeback! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

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  57. EdgarC

    The song is amazing. Her voice sounds incredible. As Rap-Up described, lyrics are powerful. This is real R&B music. This is what music is all about. Welcome back Ashanti!!!

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  58. J.J.

    Its a hit!!! Ashanti deserves to be back on top

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  59. Beyonce

    I BEEN KILLED THIS BITCH OFF! BYE HOE YOU’S DONE! POOF! BEGONE! #BOWDOWN

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    kingofhearts Reply:

    @Beyonce, why not show support??? ashanti always shows bey love when asked about her

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    lonnie Reply:

    @Beyonce, bitch, die. sick of you failures claiming to not like/care for someone yet you pay just as much attention to them as do their stans……… if you dont like her, stay off her shit

    ashanti sung and wrote the fuck out of this song and you haters know it… exactly why they mad

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    lonnie Reply:

    @Beyonce, bitch, die. go do your chores

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    fuck peace Reply:

    @Beyonce, haha you just mad that bow down is wack as fuck and Ashanti is getting positive reviews w/o jumping on a trend.

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  60. hit man

    Love it can’t wait for the vid to come out

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  61. BEYHIVE2013

    That’s what’s up Shanti! Braveheart is gonna be hot:D

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  62. geo

    I Love the song…. I Love Ashanti but I think someone else should have sung it! Maybe with a lighter voice! But Ashanti song good on the record thou! #Kudos Ashanti It’s a awesome track (I just would have just had you sing harder and softer on certain parts!) Best Material from #Braveheart

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  63. music26

    i love this its diffrent i hope the is good

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  64. StephNL

    Lyrics Were Written BEAUTIFULLY
    Her Vocals Show Growth
    This Record Sounds Well Produced
    Top 40 With The Right Promo
    @ImNobodys_Bitch

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  65. Missy

    Ashanti’s back… She aiming for the top and aint nun wrong with it :)

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  66. Good Day

    Wait hold on didnt Ashanti say shes shooting a video for a song featuring a popular rapper???

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    A.MILIAN Reply:

    @Good Day, She has another single coming out as well

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  67. lord

    Ashanti this vide better be deep

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  68. Frank E. Colemman

    you never should loved me, you never should have touched me, you never should have you never should have told me you loved me and you will never leave me :)…. I’m in love….

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  69. Good Day

    This is a good song but im not sure if its the right choice for a single. Ashanti really needs that big single thats gonna get her back into the game i was hoping for a feature from like j cole, drizzy

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  70. deepfalling

    Ashanti you have me in tears,F**k nelly you soo deserve a better man

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  71. Antonio DeJoyce

    I am so in love……..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  72. Kerielle

    Billboard Hott 100 here we come … YASSSS!!!!

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  73. Ethel La'May

    Shame on Nelly… But all at the same time we wouldn’t have this song so congrats to Nelly…

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    lonnie Reply:

    @Ethel La’May, this song was created in 2011 way before the no neck situation

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  74. Marissa

    This song is EVERYTHinG ashanti!!

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  75. John

    Ashanti is on the path of winnning #Thatisall. Nelly dawg you stupid. smh

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  76. Clarissa

    I like coming to an post and see nothing but positive feedback from her fans. Thats how it supposed to be

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  77. Kyle

    This is one of her best songs in awhile concept-wise and vocally. If there is any song that is going to put her back on the charts, this is it. Good job, Ashanti!

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  78. Antonio DeJoyce

    I’m glad everyone finally understanding what she doing… SHe’s on her way to the top :)…

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  79. lonnie

    you negative hoes need to find a hobby, yall keep up with her more than your own “fav”… yet she’s “irrelevant” okay, if that was true your dumbass wont be commenting or tweeting her on a daily…. this woman sung and wrote the shit out of this song, admit it!

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  80. Ms. Teal

    I’m so in love with this song, it defines my whole situation… Damm GETOUT my head ASHANTI!!!!! I love it, she puts me right in my feelings everytime & I LOVE IT!!!!!

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  81. James

    Ashanti is a timeless legend in the making and this song proves it! True talent will not be ignored! #BraveHeart

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  82. SupremeBitch

    im sooooo happy for the positive responses…each single Shani has released last year Ive purchased….been riding/supporting her since 2002…And i agree w/ many of u that this has the potential to crossover

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  83. shay

    I can’t stop listening.

    Love this record!

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  84. Shanti

    okay Ms. Shanti I see you on the crossover :) Lovin it

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  85. Edgar C

    Been on repeat since yesterday. Sing Ashati, SING!!!! ❤❤❤❤

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  86. IslandGhost

    Beautiful

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  87. Hayley

    Good lord!! Very current beat , good for her. I wish her all the best.

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  88. Diego

    Gonna flop unfortunately sucks 4 her

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  89. Angel

    LOVE IT! what makes ashanti dope is she writes and sings, love it, love HER!

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  90. j313

    Wow is all I can say..this is her best song lyrically and vocally. She did a good job! Go Ashanti!!! Just bought it on itunes

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  91. Kareem

    I love it. I will be buying the album as all of her others in the past. Go Ashanti.

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  92. melanie

    lol

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  93. tde

    quality music from a quality artist. AWSOME JOB ASHANTI!

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  94. Arielle

    The intro on is fiyah !!!!!! I’m diggin this track alot.. Way to go Shani :)

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  95. CITY

    ASHANTI, IM SPEECHLESS

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  96. lina

    Yaaassssss Ashanti Fuck it up !!

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  97. Arielle

    I love this song…

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  98. TrinaFan

    Yessssssss! Get it Ashanti!

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  99. so fresh

    This song has such an honesty about it. Love how relatable it is but I’m really feelin this! Go Ashanti

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  100. BeyonSLAY

    this is an awesome crossover record! Pop influence but still not compromising true R&B. GO HEAD ASHANTI!

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  101. gorit

    Really worth the wait. ..

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  102. Truth uk britishoman

    Nice Song and this song sound like it could be about her ex-boyfirend Nelly (the Rapper)

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  103. Temptations

    I LOVE THIS !!!!

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  104. kai2dashawn

    I really think that Ashanti should start promoting this song before it really start to fall off.

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  105. Ashanti's Crictic

    sounds different for her but better… catch the wave sweetheart, I’m enjoying this :)

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  106. DeshawnW.

    This song is Super Dope Ashanti!, i barely listen to female artist.

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  107. Brittani

    Hopefully she dont let this song flop like the woman you love did =-/.

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  108. PrettyLittleLiar

    I really enjoy listening to this song. Its like a R&B meets Pop but more of an R&b ballad. Im really anxious in seeing her perform this song live. That would really prove if those vocals there.

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  109. Crystal23

    WOW! i never thought Ashanti could actually sing. lmao smh, guess she been taking vocal lessons but anyway, i

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  110. Loner580

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  111. ♦CorCor♦

    AMAZING ASHANTI!

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  112. Lamar

    Big Ashanti fan and I’m glad at all the positive responses the song is receiving.

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  113. Xav

    Been on repeat since I heard it and copped it on itunes! It’s a hit, don’t let this go to waste!

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  114. shorty

    I absolutely love this song. The lyrics are so believable and relatable!!! As for Ashanti, I really wish she would change management. Perhaps Benny Medina (JLo’s manager) is available. I feel that is all she needs is a more productive team behind her and this girl will fly. IMO her current team has taken her as far as they can. Time for them to step aside! All in all I love the record!

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  115. Antonio DeJoyce

    I love this song so much…

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  116. love Live Life

    This is a smash hit hands downs. This might be the best Ashanti record ive ever heard vocally. True talent and shes doing it on her own. Respect!!!

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  117. Jormarcus

    Well good job girl!!!! Burn I feel the pain. Love love love it;)

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  118. draya

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  119. SHAWTY

    She still singing about Nelly though? *sigh

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  120. pam

    Lovvvvvveeeeee it. She just shot the video

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  121. Antonio DeJoyce

    I’m in love LOL

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  122. gorit

    Slaying my life

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  123. Toni

    Way to go Ashanti… way to fight back :)…

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  124. Ms. Teal

    This is what we need… Real life experiences that can help others move on.. My girl be slayin entirely :))))))

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  125. Final Destination

    really cannot stop listening to this song… It’s so emotional and good, I’m so glad for her.. I’m really rooting for her, they said they wanted something different and I must say she prevaled… #Braveheart

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  126. Truth

    If this song doesnt go to #1 on billboard hot 100 i give up on music seriously. This is the best song Ashanti has ever came out with.

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  127. Boss

    Ashanti is the best female recording artist of this time and i say that because she writes all of her records and sings them with such honesty and makes music that everyone can listen to. Amazing. This song and the title of her album Braveheart go hand in hand so well together. Ashanti is doing all the right things to make sure this album and single will be successful. And shes doing it all independently. Boss!!!

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  128. Frankie

    #Braveheart #WrittenEnterainment

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  129. Josh

    YESSSSSS! ASHANTI IS BACK BABY!!!! it’s about damn time. I like this record. In the words of Mary Mary, Ashanti is doing her good singing on this song. I wasn’t really feeling Woman You Love with Busta.

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  130. Ciara's baby daddy

    I lie the song but seems like it’s about Nelly.

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  131. Edgar C

    LOVE!

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  132. t-roc

    Mannn Im feelin dis song! This a hit and its her time again so run with it! #teamAshanti

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  133. Frankie

    YASSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GIRL WORK SERVE a nation…. Loving this track :)

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  134. Antioette

    okay Ashanti I see you… You can play with the kids too… #crossingova #Braveheart

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  135. IdolGur24

    Ashanti is back!!!

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  136. Missery

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  137. Antioette

    I love it..

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  138. SimmySim

    LOVE LOVE, you can feel the hurt in her voice, this song is deep. Always been a fan of Ashanti

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  139. Jayy Perry

    THis song is reallly everything that Ashanti has been missing over the years LOL….

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  140. Bridget Kelly

    This right here is the truth…

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  141. Ashanti's Troop

    Ashanti was #1 for three whole straight days LOL that’s wzup lets make this international… #WRITTENENTERTAINMENT

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  142. Myra Davis HEmmings

    I’m sppeding to the store to get blank cds to burn this cd…

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  143. Madre Penn White

    I love this song :)

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