In the early 2000s, Ashanti, Long Island's R&B princess, was everywhere. Fueled by the success of her hit single, "Foolish," the first lady of Murder Inc.'s self-titled debut sold over a half a million albums in its first week, setting Soundscan records in the process. The record also earned Ashanti her first Grammy award when she took home the trophy for Best Contemporary R&B album in 2003. She had collaborative hits with Ja Rule, J-Lo, Big Pun and Fat Joe, and by 2008, Ashanti had sold over 15 million records worldwide! Then, she disappeared.
Ashanti, who also took time to act in films such as Coach Carter, seems to be well on her way to making a resurgence in the music industry. Her latest album, Braveheart, is currently slated for a January 2013 release.