This week’s From The Vault video comes from none other than Ashanti. ‘Only U’ was released in October 2004 the lead single from her platinum-selling ‘Concrete Rose’ LP and peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the only song that Ashanti managed to place the top 20 of the US chart in the last 6 years. The record did even better in international territories where it peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart.
If Ashanti wants to return to her position as one of the leading artists in the game then this is the type of material she should be releasing. With a club-banging beat and a brilliant use of the guitar, ‘Only U’ stands as 1 of the best records that she has done to date and is a testament to her skill as an artist.
Furthermore, unlike the dated material of her last album, ‘The Declaration’, this song’s hit potential carries forward to this day. Although many suggested that Ashanti copied the style of her chart rival Beyonce for both the video and it’s accompanying single cover, there is no denying the brilliance of this record. Remember this: Beyonce didn’t invent the wheel. Tina Turner.