Ashanti Performs ‘Foolish,’ Covers Chaka Khan’s ‘Sweet Thing’


Ashanti served up something old and something new during her performance for The Boombox’s “Off the Record” series. The R&B diva dipped into her catalog with her 2002 debut single “Foolish,” and brought it back to 2014 with her Rick Ross-assisted banger “I Got It” and “Scars” off her latest album Braveheart.

“Sometimes I listen to my first album and I be like, ‘Damn, that was crazy. I said that?’” laughed Ashanti while reminiscing about her past.

She also covered Chaka Khan’s ’70s classic “Sweet Thing,” which is the song that got Ashanti her record deal.

Her rendition received the stamp of approval from the legendary singer herself. “I am so BLESSED 2 have your beautiful talent paying a tribute 2 me! What a great birthday gift! Much love!!” tweeted Khan, who turns 61 later this month.

Catch Ashanti’s soulful set below.

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Rick Ross Tops the Charts, Pharrell Debuts at No. 2

Rick Ross

Rozay rules the charts once again. The Miami rapper scores his fifth No. 1 album with Mastermind.

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Rick Ross, Pharrell, & Ashanti: First-Week Sales Predictions

Rick Ross, Pharrell, and Ashanti

Rick Ross, Pharrell Williams, and Ashanti all released new albums this week, but who will be No. 1? First-week sales predictions are in.

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Ashanti ‘Braveheart’ Album Stream


Four years after The Declaration, Ashanti ventures out on her own with her long-awaited fifth album Braveheart (Written Entertainment/eOne). In advance of its March 4 release, the R&B songstress has made the album available to stream on Pandora.

The 13 tracks include the Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It” and dancehall jam “First Real Love” with Beenie Man, plus collaborations with French Montana and Jeremih.

“A lot of people counted me out and that feeds my hunger and ignites my passion to continue my journey,” says Ashanti on the album intro. “I will continue to thrive, continue to prosper, I will continue to be brave. I am Braveheart.”

Get a taste of Ashanti’s new music below.

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New Music: Ashanti f/ Beenie Man – ‘First Real Love’

First Real Love

Ashanti heads to the islands with the “King of the Dancehall” Beenie Man on her flirty new single “First Real Love,” produced by Teetimus. The R&B diva effortlessly rides the riddim, while the Jamaican superstar adds his reggae flavor.

“It’s my first real love and I don’t want to lose it now / But every time we get so close, I feel that love will lose us both / It’s my first real love out of all,” coos Ashanti.

The song is taken off her upcoming album Braveheart, due March 4. In addition to Beenie, she has collaborated with Rick Ross, French Montana, and Jeremih.

Hear Ashanti find true love on the bouncy banger.

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Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ashanti, & 2 Chainz Attend NBA All-Star Game

French Montana, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Diddy, Drake

From Ashanti to Snoop Dogg, there were plenty of star sightings on and off the court at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday. Drake, Diddy, Ludacris, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Busta Rhymes piled into the Smoothie King Center to watch the East claim victory over the West.

After participating in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest on Saturday, October’s Very Own showed his hometown pride by singing along to the Canadian National Anthem. Rocking black Timberlands and a leather jacket, he traded photos and jokes with About Last Night star Kevin Hart.

“@kevinhart4real has so much food under his seat it’s almost weird,” tweeted Drizzy.

Fresh off his performance at All-Star Saturday Night, Kendrick kicked back and watched Pharrell and Janelle Monáe entertain the crowd.

2 Chainz, sporting his own “2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U.” adidas high-tops, enjoyed courtside shots with Drake, Kevin Hart, and Diddy.

The Bad Boy mogul brought his sons Quincy and Christian, while Ludacris and his girlfriend Eudoxie made it a date.

Check out the all-star lineup of talent below.

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Video: Ashanti f/ Rick Ross – ‘I Got It’

Ashanti and Rick Ross

Ashanti is at her sexiest in the video for “I Got It,” the new single off her upcoming album Braveheart. In the Eif Rivera-directed clip, which was shot in Miami, the R&B songstress hits the club and flaunts her voluptuous body in barely-there outfits. She puts some sexy moves on her man and cozies up to her MMG co-star, while Birdman and producer L.T. Hutton make cameos.

Due March 4, Braveheart also includes collaborations with French Montana, Jeremih, and Beenie Man. You can now listen to snippets of all 15 tracks on iTunes.

Ashanti turned down seven major label offers before deciding to launch her indie label Written Entertainment. “My life happened and that’s what the album is about,” she said of her first project since 2008′s The Declaration. “Everything on that record is something that I’ve gone through—good, bad, or indifferent.”

She also plans to shoot a video for her next single, “First Real Love,” later this month in Jamaica with Beenie Man.

Watch Ashanti sizzle on screen in the video below.

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