Multi-platinum artist Ashanti filed a federal lawsuit Jan. 27 over the unauthorized release of demos recorded more than eight years ago. Stated by Billboard.com, Ashanti claims she recorded demos for Parker and T.E.A.M. to shop for a major-label deal when she was 16 years old. They failed to land a deal; the artist claims she never intended or authorized them to release the demos as an album. Ashanti alleges invasion of privacy, unfair competition and trademark-related claims for releasing the demos without her permission and using her name and likeness on the albums and in advertising. She asks the court for an injunction, damages to compensate for lost profits and harm to her reputation, and punitive damages in excess of $1 million. "It has long been a sad fact of the music industry that there are a great many people who try to make easy money off of the talent, hard work and success of young recording artists," says Ashanti's current lawyer, William Archer, head of the entertainment practice group at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith in Los Angeles. "Recording artists are starting to fight back in different ways. That is what we intend to do here." TEAM and Parker could not be reached for comment. Archer says the complaint has not yet been served on the defendants.
Singer Ashanti?s love of the high life in her designer stilettos has reportedly affected her ability to perform on stage. The R&B sensation recently sought medical help, after her passion for high-heeled shoes began to cripple her feet. The star is now advised to walk in customised shoes, especially designed under doctors? recommendation. ?I have two bones in my foot which are growing out of place from wearing pointy shoes. It really hurts, so my doctor made me custom moulds for my shoes,? Contactmusic quoted the Only You star, as saying. ?Your feet get damaged when you wear heels every day,? she added.
Ashanti is declaring her independence on “Declaration” and holds no punches in this month’s issue of Sister 2 Sister Magazine. The R&B songbird sat down for an exclusive interview with ‘S2S’ publisher Jamie Foster Brown to discuss her new album, her label situation, personal relationships and to set the record straight about Murder Inc. A lot of people want to know where Ashanti stands since Murder Inc shifted to The Inc. She says she is still signed to The Inc but she is doing her project on her own. The producers, the budgets, the behind the scenes, the flying around, the creativity, is all handle by her and her team. Discussing her relationship with Irv Gotti, Ashanti says “Sometimes, Irv—he gets very emotional. Sometimes it's a good thing and sometimes it's not a good thing. In this business there's really no room for emotion because it can mess a lot of things up.” When ask about the track “Judas” Ja Rule addressed her on, Ashanti says the platinum rapper could have just picked up the phone and call her. In regards to the two working together again, she says “It's so expected for me and Ja to do a record, so we both kind of took control of our projects and wanted to do something very different this time. It doesn't mean that we're never going to do another record together. 'Cause you know we have an amazing chemistry.” Read the full interview here
R&B singer Ashanti has jumped on the bootylicious bandwagon for Mudd's Delicious Curves denim collection. "It's a wonderful idea to let girls know that women's curves are beautiful," she said during the line's launch at Macy's flagship store in New York. "Don't be ashamed to show them." In addition to endorsing the Mudd collection, the singer is pushing her fragrance, Precious Jewel, People magazine reported. With shooting now wrapped on her big screen romantic comedy "John Tucker Must Die," Ashanti is getting ready to go back into the studio to record the follow-up to her platinum-selling "Concrete Rose," People said.
(Nov. 21, 2005 New York, NY) Call her Ashanti. The first (and only!) woman in pop history to appear on three hit singles inside the top 10 in the same week, will have her first full-length collection released on December 6th, when COLLECTABLES BY ASHANTI arrives in-stores on The Inc./Def Jam, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group. COLLECTABLES contains four newly recorded tracks, including the opening cut, ?Still On It,? featuring Paul Wall and Method Man, produced by Irv Gotti for Top Dawg Productions and Slim. ?Still On It? will impact at Urban, Rhythm, and Crossover radio formats on November 21st. The other new tracks are ?I Love You? (produced by Jimi Kendrix for Family Bizness Musik and Irv Gotti for Top Dawg); ?Show You? (produced by Irv Gotti for Top Dawg Productions and Chink for Soldier Productions) and ?Found It In You? (produced by Full Force for Forceful Enterprises, Inc. and Irv Gotti for Top Dawg). Six of the tracks on COLLECTABLES are rare, impossible-to-find remixes, including Ashanti?s top 5 R&B/pop crossovers of 2003, ?Rain On Me? (in a new remix by Supa Engineer DURO, featuring Ja Rule, Charli Baltimore & Hussein Fatal) and ?Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)? (remixed by Supa Engineer DURO and Irv Gotti). Three other tracks include a Who?s Who of hip-hop guests: Cam'Ron and Juelz Santana on ?Only U? (remixed by Glen Marchese); Caddillac Tah on ?Still Down? (remixed by Milwaukee Buck); Black Child on ?Break Up 2 Make Up? (remixed by Supa Engineer DURO and Irv Gotti); and Free featured on ?Focus.? COLLECTABLES presents a panoramic view of the meteoric rise of Ashanti, whose emergence in 2002-2003 was acknowledged by the Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, MTV VMAs, American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Teen People magazine Teen Choice Awards, Soul Train Music Awards and Lady Of Soul Awards and more.