Ashanti

Jan
7
Ashanti Unveils New ‘BraveHeart’ Cover

Braveheart

Ashanti is in full bloom on the cover of her fifth album BraveHeart. The R&B beauty poses in front of a rose in the gorgeous photo, which replaces the previous cover. She unveiled the new artwork on Instagram along with a series of promo photos, shot by Robert Ector.

After several delays, the follow-up to 2008’s The Declaration is set to arrive on February 18 on Written Entertainment/eOne Music. It has already spawned the Busta Rhymes-assisted “The Woman You Love,” “That’s What We Do” with R. Kelly, and the heartfelt ballad “Never Should Have.”

In November, she released the Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It” and has recorded a song with Beenie Man called “First Real Love.”

“It’s something for women, just being empowering. This album is something very deep,” Ashanti previously said of the project, which features production from Jerry Wonda, Detail, and Sak Pase. “I’m going places that I haven’t gone on different albums.”

See more photos from her BraveHeart shoot below.

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Dec
18
Ashanti Performs ‘Let It Snow’ on ‘Arsenio’

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Ashanti decked the halls during her appearance on Tuesday’s “Arsenio.” With only a week until Christmas, the R&B songstress performed her holiday single “Let It Snow” off her 5-song Christmas EP A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti.

As her momager waited in the wings, she sat down to discuss her breakup with Nelly. “It is a lot to deal with, but it makes for a great record,” said Ashanti.

Arsenio showed an Instagram video of her twerking to her new single “I Got It.” “It was making me feel a way,” she laughed.

Plus, find out what lavish gift she gave her parents that made her dad cry.

Her album BraveHeart is due early next year on her label Written Entertainment/eOne.

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Nov
27
Ashanti Performs ‘Let It Snow’ on ‘Good Day NY’

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On the eve of Thanksgiving, Ashanti returned to her native New York for an appearance on “Good Day NY.” Looking sexy in a red dress, the R&B songstress discussed her holiday plans and her Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It,” which hit iTunes on Tuesday.

Ashanti, who released her debut album in 2002, says the music business has changed drastically throughout the years. “Getting records out there is very different from my first album. Social network is completely different. You have to continue reinventing,” she said.

She plays a store consultant named Teanna in the Lifetime holiday movie Christmas in the City, premiering December 7 at 8 p.m. “She is such a disgusting, mean, nasty, snooty woman, which is so completely different than me,” Ashanti said of her character.

She also performed “Let It Snow,” which is the lead song from the film. While she had a little trouble with the lyrics, she still pulled it off.

Watch Ashanti celebrate Christmas in the city.

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Nov
26
New Music: Ashanti f/ Rick Ross – ‘I Got It’

I Got It

Ashanti has been on her independent grind, so it’s only right that she links with MMG hustler Rick Ross for her seductive single “I Got It.” The R&B singer celebrates the moment, the Bawse drops a boastful verse, and Future provides ad libs.

“‘Cause you might never get another night like this/ So push it to the limit,” coos Ashanti over the L.T. Hutton production.

Her album BraveHeart is due next year and she will star in the Lifetime movie Christmas in the City, premiering December 7 at 8 p.m.

Has Ashanti got a hit on her hands? Listen to the club-ready record below.

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Nov
23
Single Cover: Ashanti f/ Rick Ross – ‘I Got It’

I Got It

Ashanti gets bossy with Rick Ross on her new single “I Got It.” The R&B songstress has revealed the artwork for the song, which hits iTunes on Tuesday, November 26. A previous version featuring Future leaked over the summer. It is set to appear on her upcoming album BraveHeart, due this winter.

On Friday, Ashanti was a guest on “Bethenny,” where she dished on keeping her relationships private and being single. “It’s a distraction,” the 33-year-old said of dating.

She also revealed what kind of men she is attracted to. “I like honest, sincere men. Men that are not cocky, but very confident,” said Ashanti.

In addition to music, she has been dabbling in acting. Following her appearance on “Law & Order: SVU,” she will star in the Lifetime movie Christmas in the City, premiering December 7 at 8 p.m.

See Ashanti chat about her single lady status and sexting with Bethenny below.

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Nov
7
Ashanti Guest Stars on ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Ashanti and Taylor Hicks

Ashanti showed off her acting chops last night as a guest star on NBC’s drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

In the episode, “Dissonant Voices,” a singing coach and popular TV personality is accused of sexual abuse by his students. Ashanti plays a celebrity judge alongside “American Idol” alums Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks on a singing competition called “American Diva.”

The singer is also set to star as a store consultant named Teanna in the Lifetime movie Christmas in the City, premiering Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

In addition to acting, she is readying her Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It” for release this month. A previous version with Future leaked in July.

The song will be featured on her upcoming album BraveHeart, due this winter.

Watch the full episode of “Law & Order: SVU” below.

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Sep
19
Ja Rule and Irv Gotti Talk Prison, 50 Cent, & Ashanti with Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez, Ja Rule, and Irv Gotti

Nearly four months since completing his prison sentence, Ja Rule sat down with Angie Martinez on Hot 97 for his first post-prison interview. With Irv Gotti by his side, the New York rapper reflected on his experience behind bars, his “roller coaster” ride in the music industry, beef with 50 Cent, the fall of Murder Inc., and relationship with Ashanti. Plus, find out where he’s at now and his plans for the future.

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