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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.

Her story below…

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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.

Details on Ms. Douglas’ bad news, below…

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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.

Details on Douglas’ legal drama below…

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Watch: Ashanti Performs ‘Santa Baby’ On ‘The View’

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The new and arguably improved cast of ‘The View’ were graced with Ashanti‘s presence today, welcoming her to their festive set and enjoying her performance of the Christmas classic ‘Santa Baby.’

How the ‘Rain on Me’ chanteuse fared?

Watch her do what she does best, below…

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Celebrities React To Grand Jury Decision In Michael Brown Case

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Twitter is set alight as we speak after reports surfaced moments ago that police officer Darren Wilson was exonerated by a grand jury and will not face charges related to killing Michael Brown – an unarmed African American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

In the past 24 hours alone, the hashtag #ferguson has been used over 1 million times. And, by this time tomorrow, that number is set to skyrocket.

As news analyst, social media users, and more continue to weigh in so do the likes of Rihanna, Nas, and more. See what they’re saying below:

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Hot Shot: Beyonce Poses With Ashanti At Nets Game

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Ashanti is on a roll.

Fresh from being snapped with Instagram’s next top model Rihanna over the weekend, the R&B belle bumped into former rival Beyonce at the New York Nets game at the Barclay’s Centre last night.

The ‘Only U’ belter was on hand to perform the US National Anthem at the event, which was also attended by Jay-Z (who owns a stake in the venue).

Clearly, based on the pic above, there was no animosity between the ladies – nor should there have been. Yes, they were pit against each other for years, but neither has ever had anything negative to say.

And while one’s contributions to music has far outpaced the other, they both have songs and records that today’s new names could only dream of achieving. More power to them both!

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Hot Shot: Rihanna Hangs With Ashanti On Halloween

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Well isn’t this interesting.

As reported, a whose who of Hollywood was out in full force last night to celebrate Halloween. And with a multitude of different events taking place in parallel, it was a given that stars would run into one another.

Such was the case for Rihanna and Ashanti, who posed it up together at a party.

Intriguingly, besides a ensemble song for ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ back in 2008, the ladies paths have never crossed before. Unique given the similarities their careers have.

Indeed, Ashanti rose to prominence on Def Jam as part of a collective – Murder Inc / Rihanna is currently signed to the same label by way of Roc Nation. What’s more, Rih is routinely touted as a “rival” to the better-selling Beyonce, who once upon a time was the main chart-thorn in the side of Ashanti’s dominance. Clearly, much has changed since then – although Bey’s “step ahead, level above” status continues plague both ladies. Nonetheless, we digress…

Is it us or could both stars benefit from what the other has? Ashanti from Ms. Fenty’s ability to stay commercially relevant and Rihanna from Ashanti’s vocal strides? They should mingle more…

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Ashanti Talks Christmas Album, Joint Tour With Ja Rule, & Bedroom Antics With Nelly On Hot 97

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Say what folk will about Ashanti, but the R&B star has quite the hustle factor.

Less than a year has passed since she released independent album ‘Braveheart’ and the singer is already prepping a new LP for release this year  – a Christmas project.

Today, she stopped by Hot 97 to dish on the set and chatted about a host of other topics including a planned joint tour with Ja Rule.

The 34-year-old as also quizzed about her bedroom antics with ex-boyfriend Nelly – which she coyly, yet readily opened up about. Anything to sell an album, ay?

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Watch: Ja Rule & Ashanti Perform ‘Always on Time’ At ‘Def Jam 30’

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Successes of yesteryear were celebrated in NYC hours ago, revisited to honour the ‘Def Jam’ as it celebrated its 30th birthday!

Of course, no ‘Def Jam‘ party would be complete without an appearance from one of its brightest stars Ashanti, who enjoyed a hit-kissed run at the label before parting ways with them following the release of 2004’s ‘Concrete Rose.’

Now, as she continues to embark on an independent journey, the ‘Only U’ chanteuse took to Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre to party with the label and perform the hit single ‘Always on Time’ besides her long time friend and collaborator Ja Rule.

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New Video: Ashanti ft. French Montana – ‘Early In the Morning’

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Ashanti may have just celebrated her birthday yesterday, but it appears the once crowned ‘princess of Hip Hop & R&B’ is the one giving out the presents.

Despite reports of being hard at work on her next album, the ‘Braveheart’ beauty is giving her latest top 10 project one last push to round out the year by finally unveiling a video for fan favorite ‘Early in the Morning’ featuring French Montana.  

Was it worth the wait?  See Ashanti up her sexy below and tell us:

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Hot Shots: Ashanti Shows Up & Out In Nigeria With…Ja Rule

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She may have new music a-brewing with the likes of Lil’ Wayne and B.O.B., but fans were never more excited than after seeing Grammy winning R&B diva Ashanti reunite with her former The Inc. brother Ja Rule.

With freshly blonde ‘do in tow, Ashanti got social media a-buzzing after unveiling snaps of her recent trip to Lagos, Nigeria with Rule. Wielding an onslaught of hits like ‘Always On Time,’ ‘Mesmerize,’ ‘Happy,’ and more, the Nigerian crowd was thrilled to see the twosome cranking out their greatest chart-toppers.

Could new music be on the way from them?  We can only hope.  Until then, see more photos of Ja and his crowned ‘princess of Hip Hop & R&B’ in action below:

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Hot Shot: Ashanti Hits Studio With Lil Wayne & B.O.B

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Ashanti may have just mustered up the courage to release new album ‘Braveheart’, but it seems the songstress is already looking ahead.

Case in point the shot above.

The R&B singer was snapped posing it up in the studio with Hip-Hop titan Lil Wayne and B.O.B.

That Grape Juice caught up with the Written Entertainment maven over BET Awards weekend. Stay tuned for interview!

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