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Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, known professionally as simply Ashanti, is an American singer/songwriter/producer/model/actress. Douglas was discovered as a teenager and later signed with Murder Inc. Records in 2002. That year, she was featured on Fat Joe’s “What’s Luv” and Ja Rule’s “Always On Time”, both of which became the biggest songs of 2002. Ashanti became the first female artist to occupy the top two positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously when “Foolish” and “What’s Luv” were at numbers one and two respectively. In 2002, Ashanti released her debut album, which sold over 505,000 copies throughout the U.S. in its first week of release. The album earned her many awards, including eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. In 2003, Ashanti released her sophomore effort, “Chapter 2”, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of 326,000 copies in the U.S. In 2004, Ashanti released her third studio album, “Concrete Rose”, the title of which took on Tupac Shakur’s pseudonym “The Rose That Grew From Concrete.” The album debuted at number seven in the U.S., with its first week sales of 254,000 copies, and became her third platinum album. Her subsequent albums, “The Declaration” (2008) and “Braveheart” (2014), the latter of which was released independently, were less successful. Aside from music, Ashanti has also worked as an actress having appeared in such films as Coach Carter, The Muppets Wizard Of Oz and Resident Evil: Extinction.