Ashanti: New Interview, New Book, New Photo Shoot


As its title suggests, Ashanti’s new “The Declaration” is in many ways about womanhood and empowerment, which led the Long Island, N.Y., native to work with new producers. The set is due June 3rd via The Inc./Universal Motown. “It’s been a long time coming for change, and the timing was just right,” she tells Billboard.com. First single “The Way That I Love You,” is No. 18 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week. Robin Thicke, Jermaine Dupri, LT Hutton, Babyface, and Pharrell Williams are among the album’s producers.

Ashanti says “The Declaration” “touches on those low points in life that determine whether you’re strong enough to go on. It reminds women that they can’t let things get the best of them.”

The album is expected to feature “Mother,” inspired by Ashanti’s close bond with her own mother, and “Click,” which she says is “a relationship record done from a female point of view. It’s about when you’re trying to get in contact with someone you’re seeing but he’s not answering, and by the time he calls you feel like, ‘I don’t want to talk to you now.'”

Ashanti is also working on a teen-skewed lifestyle book titled “Ashanti Style” via Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, but no release date has been announced yet.

15 Comments

  1. i like the 2 pic but not sure bout the first one. i don’t know bout her album im really not that excited bout it.

  2. She look good in those picture and i love her song too. Video is off the hook im going to support her get her cd when it comes out.

  3. Can’t lie….I’m loving Ashanti now. Maybe it took for her to grow up some but I’m lovin her tight now!! 🙂

  4. The book is a great idea.

    The photos are pretty but the look like she and Janet had the same photographer. Janet has the 20’s flapper photo and the fluffy blanket over bust with long hair photo for the new album.

    I like her new single a lot (ashanti’s)

  5. I love the flapper look and the big-haired Loretta Lynn look 😆 LOL I wish her well with her new album 🙂

  6. I’ve always liked Ashanti. I do think that she never got the exposure that she needed. Can’t wait to hear the new CD.

  7. I like Ashanti. Sounds like this albums gonna be good, with the producers she’s working with. I’ll be copping it when it comes out.

  8. all i can say about the second one is …. head full of weave
    i don’t know why these girls cannot look more natural
    if you’re going to wear your hair long and straight
    fine

    but does it have to look like that?

  9. The first photo is fierce! The second, well it looks like she has a wig attached to her head in the middle – sloppy! Love her single, can’t wait for her CD. Alwayus liked Ashanti.

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