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Black History Month First: Ashanti

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Ashanti broke into the Hip Hop and R&B scene in the early 2000s under Murder Inc. Records.  Ashanti’s rise in the music industry came from notable collabs with rap’s heavy hitters including Big Pun, Ja Rule and Fat Joe. Ashanti’s solo artistry also produced classic millenial love and life songs. As a musician, Ashanti broke records, topped the charts and earned awards that

Ashanti reigned supreme and made history with her 2002 major label debut. With the release of Ashanti, the singer became the first woman recording artist to have her first three singles land in the Top 10 charts simultaneously. Ashanti sold more than half a million copies in one week and one million copies in the first month earning 5 Grammy nominations, taking home the trophy for ‘Best Contemporary R&B Album’.

 the record for the greatest-selling debut album from a female artist placing Ashanti in the Guinness Book of World Records.  The singer also received the Soul Train Aretha Franklin Award for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ following the success of her debut album. Ashanti earned countless nominations from platforms including but not limited to the Billboard Awards, The Video Music Awards and the American Music Awards.

Ashanti continued to succeed with her second album Chapter II released in 2003 debuting at number 1 on the Billboard charts. Her next albums Concrete Rose (2004) and Declaration (2008) also made the Billboard 200 chart.

Despite the momentum slowing down, Ashanti continues to succeed in the music industry.  Her career has established her presence in Hip Hop and R&B forever.



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