February 12, 2011 by Post Team
Ashanti, Shequoiya Ashanti Douglas (born October 13, 1980) is an American artist, record producer, actress, dancer and model that rose to fame in the early 2000s. Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit single “Foolish”, and sold over 503,000 copies in its first week of release across the United States in April 2002. The album set a Soundscan record as the biggest sales week of opening for a new female artist, outselling debut of Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill In the same week she became the first female artist to simultaneously occupy the top two spots 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 as the first woman to accomplish this feat and being second only to the Beatles. In 2003, the eponymous debut album Ashanti won her first Grammy for Best Contemporary R & B album in 2008, it sold over 27 million albums worldwide. Ashanti ended the decade (2000-09) as the first third of new artists & RB behind Alicia Keys and Beyonce Knowles. She also finished the decade at number 38 on the Top Artist of the Decade list. In 2010, Ashanti is listed in the Top 20 Music Singles Sales Since 1990,  History. She was ranked No. 17 with Foolish sell more than 7.4 million copies in the U.S. 
Ashanti singer Jennifer Lopez “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” and wrote and sang background on the song “Is not It Funny (Murder Remix) sung by Jennifer Lopez, both a considerable number of Billboard Hot 100, which was also in the top 10 charts at the same time as “Foolish”, “Always on Time” (with Ja Rule), and “What’s Luv” (with Fat Joe). Later that year she was hailed as the “Princess Of Hip-Hop & R & B” by her label and her successful debut by winning eight awards and two Billboard American Music Awards. In the seven-year career of Ashanti, she scored 16 top 40 hits on the Hot 100. Ashanti has approved many products, including Gap, Herbal Essences and Mudd Jeans.
Ashanti cites Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Tamia, Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Yolanda Adams, Luther Vandross, The Beatles, The Clark Sisters, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, and Blue Magic as her musical influences. Hailed as a gifted songwriter by her peers and critics alike, Ashanti has written or co-wrote most of all her music. She is currently working on her own publishing written law Entertainment. She released her fourth studio album entitled The Declaration 3 June 2008 and is currently in the studio working on her fifth. She also sang the song of love “Just Stand Up” alongside 14 other female singers for the “Stand Up to Cancer” live television special, which helped rise and $ 100 million for research against cancer.
Shequoiya Ashanti Douglas was born October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, New York American of African descent. His nickname is “Good Good” given to her by her family. Her mother, Tina Douglas, a former dance teacher, and her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, a former singer. She has a younger sister named Kenashia. Her mother called the Ashanti Empire in Ghana in this country, women had the power and influence, and Ashanti’s mother wanted her daughter to follow this model. His grandfather, James, was a civil rights activist who associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s. Growing up, Ashanti took dance lessons and joined the church choir. Ashanti went to Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied different dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet, African, modern and hip hop. She danced with the Senior Pro Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Black Spectrum Theater. She also performed the ceremony in the Caribbean 1994 and dancing with Judith Jamison of Alvin Ailey Dance Company. With actress and choreographer Debbie Allen at the helm, Ashanti also performed in the Disney television Polly alongside stars Keshia Knight Pulliam, Phylicia Rashad Moore and Jomecia.
When she was six, Ashanti sang in a gospel choir but her mother discovered her full singing potential when she overheard Ashanti singing Mary J. Blige “Reminisce” to 12 years. Ashanti when they reach puberty, her mother was sending demo of her song and dance. The family could not afford to go to a studio and record an official demo so when labels called, Ashanti would have to sing and dance before the record company executives. During high school, she began writing songs. As a teenager, she starred in a show of local talent and Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Caroline’s Comedy Club and Greek Fest 2000. In her first major singing performance, Ashanti performed Yolanda Adams “More Than a Melody.” She also appeared in a number of music videos of big names, in addition to other dance work.
Ashanti hit New York Fashion Week this week and while she seemed happy, her shoes told otherwise.
The 30-years of R & B singer hit the BCBG Max Azria fashion show to support one of her favorite designers, even wearing a leopard print dress BCBG Max Azria for the occasion.
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