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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 2003

Beyonce Blocks Ashanti's 'Rock With U' From the Top Spot

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we press play on ‘Rock With U (Aww Baby),’ a #2 hit for “princess of Hip Hop/R&B” Ashanti, selected to kick off her highly anticipated 2003 album ‘Chapter 2.’  The follow-up to her record-setting, self-titled debut, the expectations were undoubtedly high for the project given its predecessor’s success.

Given ‘Rock’s swift ascension to the #2 spot, fans were confident the tune would notch yet another #1 for the songstress.  But, there was one little problem – and her name was Beyonce

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Report: Ashanti Pelted With Bottle During Australian Performance

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The singer Ashanti is said to have angered fans in Australia  after she was an hour late to her own concert…and only performed for half an hour.

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Did You Miss It? Ashanti Announces New Single Due Summer 2015 / Album To Follow

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6 years may have separated her from 2008’s ‘The Declaration’ and her most recent album ‘Braveheart’ (2014), but Grammy-winning R&B singer Ashanti is now assuring fans that it won’t be another 6 years before they get new music.

Taking to FOX’s ‘Good Day NY’ this past weekend, the ‘Happy’ hitmaker was on hand spreading ‘Mother’s Day’ cheer by performing a song she wrote with R&B legend Babyface for her own mother/manager.  Before closing out her visit, the diva also confirmed she is working on a new album, with its lead single coming before the summer’s end!

Check out her performance and announcement below:

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R&B Divas Creator Eyes Ashanti & Elle Varner For ‘R&B Divas: New York’

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Should Ashanti be on the hunt for a TV gig she may be pleased to learn the mastermind behind the R&B Divas empire has set his sights on her for the show’s New York arm.

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Ashanti Accuses Def Jam Of Blocking Christmas Album From Christmas Movie

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She may have been one of their highest selling acts to date, but it would seem Ashanti‘s relationship with UMG’s Def Jam is now a far cry from what it was when she was signed to the label.

For, in a new interview with Hip Hop outlet ‘Vlad TV‘, the singer/actress revealed that the label recently blocked an attempt she made to have music from her Christmas album ‘Ashanti’s Christmas’ placed in a Christmas movie she starred in back in 2013.

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Ashanti’s Stalker Court Case Ends In A Mistrial

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A sick juror is to thank for a Manhattan judge’s decision to declare Ashanti‘s “stalker court case” a mistrial this month, disrupting the entire case when  it emerged their illness would interrupt deliberations for more than 24 hours.

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Report: Ashanti To Face Stalker In Court

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Not even a court order could stop an Ashanti stalker from keeping his distance from the R&B singer recently, now set to face her in court after violating said order by sending a series of X-rated messages to her.

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