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Ashanti Hits Studio With Lil Wayne; Talks New LP With That Grape Juice

Following a lengthy hiatus, R&B star Ashanti has resurfaced. Hard at work on her 5th studio album, the singer is said to be in the final stages of recording – and seems to have saved the best for last.

For, moments ago she tweeted a shot of her and one-time Motown labelmate Lil Wayne cutting a track together in the studio. The news of Weezy’s involvement comes on the heels of  her also hitting the studio with ‘Motivation’ producer Rico Love.

That Grape Juice caught up with Ashanti at the BET Awards recently. Check out what she had to say about the project after the jump…

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Rolling Stone Introduces ‘The New Queen of Pop’

In an article that is sure to spark many a debate, Rolling Stone magazine has compiled a list to crown the ‘new Queen of Pop’.  In a tabulation solely compiled of 21st century divas including P!nk, Britney Spears, and Beyonce, the publication only considered female singers active in the late 2000’s and factored-in everything from Youtube video hits to record sales and tours.

What number did your fave make on the list?  You may be surprised.   See more after the jump:

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Lloyd Voices Disappointment Over BET Awards Nominations

Former The Inc. crooner Lloyd has taken to Twitter to voice disappointment over his lack of involvement in last night’s ceremony – namely the Patti Labelle tribute and nomination ballot.  See what the ‘Get It Shawty’ singer had to say below:

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Ashanti Reveals Details Of New Album

Once a dominant force, Ashanti‘s star – love her or loathe her – has undeniably dimmed over the years.

Hoping to turn the tide, the Muli-Platinum selling singer is gearing up for the release of her 5th studio album – due later this year. Hence, so as to wet the apetite of fans, the 30 year old stopped by US Weekly‘s offices this week, answering fans questions about the project.

Check out what she had to say after the jump…

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New Song: Game – ‘Soft Rhodes (ft. Ashanti)’

Rapper Game this week released his new mixtape ‘Purp and Patron‘.  Hosted by Funkmaster Flex and DJ Skee, the set features collaborations with a number acts including T-Pain, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, and Ashanti. The latter features on the Dr Dre produced ‘Soft Rhodes’, which many have been anticipating since images of the trio in the studio made the rounds on the net last year.

Is the song any good, though? Take a listen after the jump…

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Analysing Ashanti

The astronomical ascension and collapse of Ashanti’s career have bewildered industry pundits for quite some time. Within a period of just 6 years – from 2002 to 2008 – the former Princess of R&B has fallen from the triple platinum success of her self-titled debut to barely selling 200k copies of her last album, ‘The Declaration’.

Although there is no obvious reason for the decline of Ashanti’s popularity, many agree that it coincided with the explosive arrival of Beyonce the solo artist – who is simply a better singer, dancer and performer – and the crumbling of the Murder, Inc. empire.

However, regardless of all that has happened, there are many who cling to the hope that Ashanti will return to relevance. Still, the key question that arises from this situation is this: what type of sound will she need to accomplish such a career revival?

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Hot Shots: Nelly & Ashanti Get Close At New Year’s Party

Making no secret of their relationship status, Nelly and Ashanti were snapped getting close in Las Vegas last night (December 31st). The pair, who have long dodged questions about their ‘friendship’, were in town to ring in the New Year at Haze nightclub, where Nelly was performing.

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