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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 2002 #TBT

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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’ll nod our heads to the beat of ‘Foolish’ – the official debut single from Grammy winning singer/songwriter Ashanti.  The songstress, who had already made history for seeing her first three singles simultaneously place on Billboard’s Hot 100, would follow the feat by fueling ‘Foolish’ to dethrone Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Ain’t It Funny’ from the top spot the week of April 20, 2002.  The irony? Ashanti wrote the song’s remix and performed background vocals on it.

To say the girl was on fire – in front of and behind the scenes – was an understatement.

This week in 2002 Ashanti was in the middle of a historic 10 week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100, quickly proving herself to be the time’s true ‘princess of Hip-Hop/R&B.’  Tuck in below to see who else was making a splash alongside the singer this week that year:


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Did You Miss It? Ashanti Stalker Found Guilty / Could Face Up To Four Additional Years Behind Bars


Ashanti has learned that her stalker of 13 years has been found guilty of second degree stalking after they came face to face in court last week.

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Don’t worry, we’ll wait.


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Preview: Ashanti Returns To TV With A&E’s ‘Unforgettable’ [Video]

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Ashanti may have forgotten she promised fans a new album by summer 2015, but what she is remembering to do is remind them to check her out on A&E’s original crime drama ‘Unforgettable.’

There, the Grammy-winning diva can be seen showing off her versatile pipes as a jazz singer whose boyfriend has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

Tuck in below to see her work her latest acting venture and even hear a snippet of her take on Frank Sinatra classic ‘You Make  Me Feel So Young’ :


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Ashanti Debuts New Song ‘You Deserve’ / Hit or Miss?


Here at That Grape Juice, we like to plough through to politics to celebrate and spotlight authentic talent.

As such, while many have moved on from the Ashanti moment in music, we can’t but hold out hope that another cycle of success will circle round for the singer. Why? Because there’s something oh so unfortunate about the fact that when she finally made the vocal strides many wanted from her, the masses had seemingly bounced on to pastures new.

She hasn’t helped matters by embarking on a messy independent stint, which spurned 2014’s dead on arrival ‘Braveheart.’

Still, the limp performance of said set hasn’t deterred the former First Lady of Murder INC from pressing on. And while performing in Long Beach over the weekend, she shared the fruits of her perseverance – a new song called ‘You Deserve.’

Fan footage of the performance has emerged and while it’s super LQ, the sound is super HQ. Get into new Ashanti after the jump…


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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


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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