Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas
(born October 13, 1980) is an American recording artist, record producer and actress who rose to fame in the early 2000s. Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song "Foolish"
, and sold over 503,000 copies in its first week of release throughout the U.S. in April 2002. The album set a Soundscan record as the biggest opening week sales for a new female artist, outselling debuts by Alicia Keys
and Lauryn Hill.
Ashanti broke records again by having three top ten songs, "Foolish," "What's Luv?" and "Always on Time", on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the same week, being the first woman to accomplish this feat and being second only to the Beatles.
In 2003, the self-titled debut album won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album.
As of 2010, Ashanti is listed in the 20 Best Selling Music Singles Since 1990 in History.