IN STORES DECEMBER 6
The Inc. / Def Jam
(Nov. 21, 2005 Ã¢Â€Â“ New York, NY) Call her Ashanti. The first (and only!) woman in pop history to appear on three hit singles inside the top 10 in the same week Ã¢Â€Â“ will have her first full-length collection released on December 6th, when COLLECTABLES BY ASHANTI arrives in-stores on The Inc./Def Jam, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group.
COLLECTABLES contains four newly recorded tracks, including the opening cut, "Still On It," featuring Paul Wall and Method Man, produced by Irv Gotti for Top Dawg Productions and Slim. "Still On It" will impact at Urban, Rhythm, and Crossover radio formats on November 21st. The other new tracks are "I Love You" (produced by Jimi Kendrix for Family Bizness Musik and Irv Gotti for Top Dawg); "Show You" (produced by Irv Gotti for Top Dawg Productions and Chink for Soldier Productions) and "Found It In You" (produced by Full Force for Forceful Enterprises, Inc. and Irv Gotti for Top Dawg). '
Six of the tracks on COLLECTABLES are rare, impossible-to-find remixes Ã¢Â€Â“ including Ashanti's top 5 R&B/pop crossovers of 2003, "Rain On Me" (in a new remix by Supa Engineer DURO, featuring Ja Rule, Charli Baltimore & Hussein Fatal) and "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)" (remixed by Supa Engineer DURO and Irv Gotti). Three other tracks include a Who's Who of hip-hop guests: Cam'Ron and Juelz Santana on "Only U" (remixed by Glen Marchese); Caddillac Tah on "Still Down" (remixed by Milwaukee Buck); Black Child on "Break Up 2 Make Up" (remixed by Supa Engineer DURO and Irv Gotti); and Free featured on "Focus."
COLLECTABLES presents a panoramic view of the meteoric rise of Ashanti, whose emergence in 2002-2003 was acknowledged by the Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, MTV VMAs, American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Teen People magazine Teen Choice Awards, Soul Train Music Awards and Lady Of Soul Awards and more.
New York's own Ashanti exploded on the scene in early 2002. Earlier, the classically-trained dancer, actress and singer was "discovered" by Murder Inc.'s Irv Gotti, who first placed her on a track with pioneering South Bronx Latino rapper Big Pun back in 2001 ("How We Roll"). Ashanti later showed up with a track of her own on the soundtrack album of the first Fast And the Furious movie ("When A Man Does Wrong"). Towards the end of the year, Ashanti was featured on "Always On Time," the #1 R&B/#1 pop first single from Def Jam artist Ja Rule's triple-platinum third album, Pain Is Love.
Just a couple months later in January 2002, Ashanti made her chart debut as a lead solo artist with "Foolish." Two weeks later (in early February), Ashanti was back on a third single, as she was featured on Fat Joe's "What's Luv." One month later in March, the stars aligned as all three singles converged inside the top 10.
Ashanti's self-titled debut album was released on April 2nd, and debuted at #1 on both the R&B and pop album charts, setting an all-time sales record for a new female artist in the Soundscan era, with over 504,000 units in its first week out. Following up with two more top 10 R&B/pop crossover hits ("Happy" and "Baby"), the album stayed on the charts for more than a year and turned triple-platinum. Along the way, it generated nearly 20 major industry awards Ã¢Â€Â“ beginning with Billboard's year-end roundup as Female Artist of the Year, Top New Pop Artist of the Year, Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Female Artist of the Year, New R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, and R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year ("Foolish").
Ashanti's next single, "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)" dropped in May 2003, the prelude to her aptly titled second album. Chapter II arrived in July and repeated history, again debuting at #1 on both the R&B and pop album charts, and quickly spinning off a second single, "Rain On Me." In addition to those two hits, COLLECTABLES adds the single remix version of "Break Up 2 Make Up" featuring Black Child (which charted briefly in 2004).
Following the release of Ashanti's Christmas at the end of '03 was her next album in December 2004 Concrete Rose, which was certified platinum and was boosted by the top 10 R&B single, "Only U." From that album come remixes of two additional tracks, "Still Down" and "Love Again," featuring Nas. One month after the album's release, Ashanti's career took a major leap with her first co-starring screen role alongside Samuel L. Jackson in Coach Carter (MTV Films/ Paramount). In May, Ashanti headlined as Dorothy in Fox's all-star made-for-tv movie, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, presented on ABC's "Wonderful World Of Disney." Ashanti will be co-starring (with teen stars Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Arielle Kebbel and Sophia Bush) in the upcoming feature film John Tucker Must Die (Spring, 2006 Ã¢Â€Â“ directed by Betty Thomas - 20th Century Fox).
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