Making her stunning entrance in a dizzying cascade of piano and layered vocals, The Inc./Universal Motown Recording Artist Ashanti
puts it all on the line in the powerfully soulful and grandly dramatic "The Way That I Love You," the first single and video from her upcoming album The Declaration
The home truths of Ashanti's "The Way That I Love You" are drawing a loud "Amen" from the radio and video outlets that have supported her from day one of her multi-platinum career as an artist and songwriter. The track is the No. 1 most-added song at Urban-formatted radio in it's first week, with more than 50 adds at major stations blanketing the east, midwest, south and west coast.
The video clip of "The Way That I Love You" is an immediate add on BET, MTV Jams, and MTV Hits. Ashanti co-hosted BET's 106th & Park to introduce the video and leak details of the new album. She also appeared on MTV's TRL as part of Spankin' New Music Week. The video reached the #1 spot with the most views on MTV.com and came in #2 on the TRL countdown in the first week. The Declaration is scheduled for release June 3, 2008 on The Inc./Universal Motown. Album producers and collaborators include such luminaries as Robin Thicke
, Jermaine Dupri
, LT Hutton, Babyface
, and Pharrell Williams
Grammy-winner Ashanti has been a trailblazer and role model for the new breed of multi-talented young artists since her 2001 chart debut as a featured artist on the No. 1 Ja Rule
single "Always on Time." She made history at the 2002 release of her first album Ashanti
, which entered at No. 1 nationally, and sold 504,593 in its first week, granting her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. In the same week, she held the No. 1 and No. 2 singles in the Billboard Hot 100, with her self-written solo single "Foolish" and her collaboration with Fat Joe
, "What's Luv?" and with "Always on Time," became the only artist since the Beatles
to have her first three singles charting in the Top 10 simultaneously. Ashanti also co-wrote a fourth song in the same week's Top 10, Jennifer Lopez
' "Ain't It Funny."
Both of Ashanti's succeeding albums, Chapter II
and Concrete Rose
, are certified by RIAA for sales in excess of a million copies. As an actress, Ashanti appeared in the No. 1 box-office smashes Coach Carter
and Resident Evil: Extinction
, and in John Tucker Must Die
and Bride and Prejudice
. She is the author of the poetry collection "Foolish/Unfoolish: Reflections on Love," and the forthcoming teen-targeted life and style book "Ashanti Style" (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion).
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