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ASHANTI (Nurse Betty) has been one of the most popular talents on the music scene since she struck gold with her 2002 debut album, Ashanti. It topped Billboard's Top 200 and R&B album charts, and sold a whopping 504,593 units in its first week of release. This figure set a record on SoundScan for most albums sold by any first-time female artist, since the retail tracking system began.

At the same time, Ashanti secured the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart and its R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart with her song "Foolish." She made Billboard history by having her first three chart entries simultaneously place in the top ten of the magazine's Hot 100 list. Ashanti is the first female – and only the second recording artist since The Beatles – to accomplish this feat.

That same year, Ashanti won the Grammy® Award for best contemporary R&B album. She also received eight Billboard Awards, with her debut album topping the Billboard album chart. In addition, she won two American Music Awards, as well as Soul Train's Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award.

Ashanti's follow-up release, Chapter II, debuted at number one on Billboard's album chart and spawned two Top Ten singles. Her other albums include Ashanti's Christmas and the platinum-selling Concrete Rose.

Ashanti made the leap to acting with a role on an episode of the 1960's drama "American Dreams,” in which she portrayed famed pop singer Dionne Warwick. She has also appeared on the series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” "Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and "Las Vegas.”

In 2005, Ashanti made her big-screen acting debut opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Coach Carter and also starred as Dorothy in the ABC telefilm "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.” In addition, she made a special appearance in the indie Bollywood musical Bride & Prejudice, in which she sang in both Hindi and English. She also recently starred in the comedy John Tucker Must Die.

The singer-actress has also performed on virtually every music awards show from The American Music Awards to the Grammys, the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Awards the Soul Train Awards, and the Kids' Choice Awards.


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