Must Listen: Ashanti Releases Album Snippets

Published: Tuesday 24th Jan 2012 by David

Last night, ‘Unfoolish‘ artist Ashanti took to UStream  to raise awareness for her long awaited new album.

Dishing on everything from its sound, the independent label it is being released by and how it differs from her previous efforts, she created quite the buzz by releasing snippets from the LP, which are now available for your listening pleasure below…

Listen here.

As much as we love all the tracks here, ‘Never Too Far Way’ is most definitely our favorite so far and should definitely receive the singles treatment before the album’s release.

Seeing as R&B truly making a slow but sure comeback on the charts, we hope this LP has a well thought out campaign behind it, especially now that she now longer has the backing of a major label.

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  1. Humberto January 24, 2012

    I’m feeling these snippets, she’s really into that “bedroom music” style.

    Shaping up to be her best effort, tbh. ;D

  2. Steffon January 24, 2012

    NOT FEELING IT

  3. BLAH January 24, 2012

    LOVE IT! CANT WAIT OMG! LOL THAT’S MY GIRL SHE KEEPS IT 100 THIS ALBUM IS GOING TO BE EPIC!

  4. KELIS January 24, 2012

    i dont hear any hits……..

    she really needs to work with hit makers
    like rico love,
    darkchild,
    pitbull
    danja,
    timbaland
    david guetta
    Calvin harris

  5. YOOSONDALOOSE January 24, 2012

    ‘She Can’t’, ‘Blow’, ‘Paradise’ all sound good! Very excited now, come on Ashanti!!

  6. CzarM January 24, 2012

    Why the hell would anyone suggest anyone work with Pitbull and David Guetta? Were you being serious or trying to tell a joke?

    Anyway, I don’t hear any hits either. I’m actually very unimpressed with these ‘snippets.’

  7. Nahjee January 24, 2012

    Just like I said before she has to prove me wrong if this single is play on the radio like crazy then I take a bow but I don’t really see it

  8. ♛ pop royalty ♛ ( iMusic ) January 24, 2012

    no one is looking/searching for her.

    R&B is dying.

    soon to be a flop as ” basic instinct” cuz she has no buying fanbase and her material is not that strong to promote itself and create a stan-base as “adele’s 21” !!!

    let’s get real , she will flop …

    you are as good as your last album , and her last album sold how many ?!!

    Oh well … 😡

  9. Dope or nope January 24, 2012

    @poproyailty is right all the way with that comments.

    I just don’t see this being a major hit on the radio like real talk this girl had her time & shine back in 2002-2003 era but now NO! NO! I was not really thinking bout her at all in 2011 now that it’s 2012 I still ain’t until now cus this post.

    Yea but nobody gonna buy you album I know I ain’t I got Adele albums tho classic

    She should just find something eles to do like movies or tv shows or something cus far as music goes nobody is REALLY CHECKING FOR U

    BIG NOPE!

  10. JP January 24, 2012

    I understand R&B is the genre that made her hot back in the day, but she should probably experiment with her sound if she wants a hit in 2012.

    Maybe a fusion of R&B and pop. I’m not even that interested in R&B music myself unless released from very select artists (Brandy, Monica, Tweet, Mary J). On the plus side, she is showing some versatility with her vocals.

  11. Kingphoenix January 24, 2012

    @Pop

    I really think R&B is about to get a revival with artist like Miguel, Jhene Aiko, Stacy Barthe, and even Elle Varner but you know me and you could have this debate forever…

    But i don’t know how Ashanti will fair in this all we will see though…

  12. BLAH January 24, 2012

    @♛ POP ROYALTY ♛ ( IMUSIC ) B**** PLEASE SIT YOUR BI-POLAR ASS DOWN SOMEWHERE WEAK ASS H** AREN’T U THE SAME F***** WHO STAN FOR 1 ARTIST THEN SWITCH TO ANOTHER BECAUSE U GOT SLAYED? B**** BYE LMAO U SO PATHETIC…… ANYWAY TO THE DUMB ASSES ABOVE THIS WAS ONLY “SNIPPETS’ TO WHAT LIKE 6 SONGS? I MEAN DAMN MAKE SENSE, THE ALBUM WILL PROBABLY HAVE AROUND 14 TRACKS LMAO U HAVE YET TO HEAR THE OTHER TRACKS THAT HER AND RICO LOVE IS WORKING ON AND THE DREAM AND OTHER TOP NAME PRODUCERS SO SHUT THE F*** UP AND DEAL…… SIT BACK AND SAVE THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS FOR YA MOMMA ASHANTI NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE NEGATIVE F*** SHE DID IT IN 2002 WITH HATE AND SHE WILL DO IT AGAIN 10 YEARS LATER IN 2012 #BOOM B**** U MAD? WHY U MAD THO? BTW SHE HASN’T EVEN REALLY STARTED DOING THE RADIO AD’S AND SHE’S ALREADY BEEN GETTING A LOT OF SPINS LMAO SO JUST WAIT XD

  13. Mari (RIP Dwayne McDuffie + Amy Winehouse +Steve Jobs) January 24, 2012

    co-sign pop-royalty

    I was never here for Ashiti, even when she was hot! Two things I’ll always be grateful to Beyonce for . . . the rise of Rihanna and the fall of Ashanti.Thank you, Queen Bey! Thank You!

    That said, people were always talking up how good her songwriting skills were/are, and I think maybe she was writing hooks for other artists back in the day. Has she stopped doing that, or has she been doing a lot of writing for other artists, yet no hits materialized?

  14. Diamond January 24, 2012

    Its sad to see that R&B music is looked at as a “Flop/Boring” genre to most know. I’m a huge fan of R&B and artist like Ashanti, Brandy, Keyshia, Monica, Beyonce and all females that stick to R&B songs with meaning. I’m rooting for Ashanti and hoping that she gets some type of success with this era. 10 years from now when you have kids from now, do you wanna tell your kids songs like “S&M” were hot during your time or songs with meaning? Really…

  15. kimberly January 24, 2012

    That grape juice is the worst site to get feedback on cause majority of these people here are in love with techno crap music. When you look at techno as amazing it is hard to ever like what real music is. With that being said. I love the fact that ashanti is not following the trend and doing her but I am not feeling her. sorry ashanti but i wish you the best……

  16. MISHKA January 24, 2012

    “The Woman You Love” is the only standout track for me.

  17. shay January 24, 2012

    Y’all killing me with the comments on these poor quality snippets. You have no idea what will be a stand out track from this. The snippets are very LQ and are from various ustreams.

    I do appeciate THE FAN that put this youtube video together.

    #TeamAshanti!

  18. YOOSONDALOOSE January 24, 2012

    I think The Woman You Love was the wrong first single, very good buzz single, but its the first single so…

  19. xoxo January 24, 2012

    it sounds good, i dont care if it flops, this is why music is dead people care more about 1st week sales rather than the quality of the music.

  20. Stephanie January 24, 2012

    I like the snippets…I AM rooting for her & will be buying the cd (legally) when it comes out…I truly don’t understand why Ashanti & Ciara aren’t more successful (Ashanti can hold a note & is a damn good song writer & Ciara has good songs & is a damn good performer)…hopefully with Monica, Brandy, Ashanti & A. Keys dropping cds this year, maybe, just maybe we’ll get to hear some REAL R&B music again… any who, good luck Ashanti!!! 🙂

  21. xedos January 24, 2012

    RNB will not make a come back.. their was never any money in rnb.
    you llook at all those 90’s artist how much money were they making . its not like they were going platinium .you have artist from the 90’s and they never come close to making the money rihanna or beyonce makes now even with downloading. The labels will not spend money on RNB because it don’t sell especially over sea’s. it just like the movies. George Lucas said he couldn’t get “Red Tails” made by hollywood studios because an all balck cast will not sell overseas . its the same with music. you have your die hard RNB fans who will make a studio come close to break even. but to go beyond breaking even RNB don’t have that reach. if rihanna was doing RNB she would be back in barbados going to UWI or working at a hotel.

  22. MUSIC IS NOT THE SAME January 24, 2012

    I really like Ashanti and I have all her albums. Her best albums to me were her first one (2002) and the one she put out in 2004 (Concrete Loop). Her 2008 album was OK, I liked a few songs, but around that time, music in general SUCKED. Music has been bad since 2005 with the rise of Auto-Tune and the featuring of Lil Wayne on EVERY track recorded, who is one of the worst “rappers” of all time. Not too mention the tracks that are produced now. They have a very strong “Techno Pop” appeal, and people always mess up when they try to call this sound “R&B.” Ashanti MIGHT do well, but as someone else posted, her shine was in the early 2000s era. Most artists that were hot years ago can’t even get a hit today (artists from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s) because of the crappy expectations of music. The only artists who seem to still have careers are Beyonce and Jay Z. It’s amazing how everyone else’s careers are dried up!

  23. MUSIC IS NOT THE SAME January 24, 2012

    Ooops, typo…I meant her 2004 album “Concrete Rose.” LOL…

  24. THATORANGEJUICE January 24, 2012

    PARADISE SOUNDS LIKE ITS GOING TO BE GREAT

  25. L21480 January 24, 2012

    @ xedos

    I can’t take anyone seriously who writes “RNB.” Meanwhile, there were enough spelling and grammatical flubs in there to make an idiot stew. The biggest selling album in history (Thriller) is R&B. The 2nd biggest selling album of the 2000s (Confessions) was R&B…and the biggest (No Strings Attached) was released by a group that TRIED TO BE/THOUGHT they were R&B. The biggest selling film soundtrack of all time (The Bodyguard) was headlined by a R&B artist.

    Sounds like someone is just a fan of pop music and is trying to negate the significance of R&B because they can’t personally relate to it. But guess what…not everyone relates to a corny, dorky and obnoxious pop song with 100 bpm made by (or for) dudes in skinny jeans and bad emo hair. And the “pop” listening public tends to be fickle. Already we’re seeing pop stars who were huge in 2010 starting to crack. As overblown as pop music has been these past 4 years, it’s really only a matter of time before the public gravitates towards something else. It always happens.

    Out of nowhere Pop music will come along and blow up bigger than any other genre for a few years, then after the machine force feeds it to the public, it suffers a backlash for most of the following decade. It happened in the late 70s and early 80s…in the late 80s and early 90s…and again in the late 90s and early 00s. Mark my words, the days of Gaga/Katy/Rihanna/LMFAO and the goofy dance pop that they make are winding down. Hell, some even argue that the album that killed them (21) was R&B-tinged.

  26. commanderofthedancefloor January 24, 2012

    songs that stood out to me were “she can’t” “the woman you love” and “never too far away”. i dont think she should do pop but instead do more contemporary r&b and hip hop infused borderlining alternative.

  27. Erik January 24, 2012

    She’ll be fine. We can’t judge based off of what we hear here because frankly the instrumentals can’t really be heard and we have only heard 4/50+ songs.. Wait till she actually releases something official and gets the ball rolling.

    My fav is Never Too Far Away

  28. Erik January 24, 2012

    R&B is her niche. I would appreciate a cross over sound and artistic growth but when it’s all said and done she is rightfully a R&B artist and the relms of Hip Hop is where she will always be most successful.

  29. soamazing January 24, 2012

    its amaziiiing, I cant wait for this album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. key1 January 24, 2012

    Ciara isn’t successful right now because she had label issues and they weren’t picking the right singles or givining her any promotion. Stop making it like Ciara was never successful. She is with la reid now she is fine, he worked with her at the beginning of her career. New single coming soon. Stop being blind.

  31. key1 January 24, 2012

    Ciara isn’t successful right now because she had label issues and they weren’t picking the right singles or givining her any promotion. Stop making it like Ciara was never successful. She is with la reid now she is fine, he worked with her at the beginning of her career. New single coming soon. Stop being blind people.

  32. d January 24, 2012

    @ Kelis, she actually HAS worked with over half those producers you mentioned(Rico,Darkchild and David G) so you might want hold off judging based off 2 snippets when she has recorded of 40 songs for this album.

  33. d January 24, 2012

    Btw they forget her other song “Centerpiece” which she also previewed a while back on a ustream

  34. xedos January 24, 2012

    @L21480 Micheal Jackson was pop not RNB King of pop not rnb Whitney Houston was not Marketed as RNB she was market as pop none of Whitney song every release first on RNB stations it was always top 40 radio station. she did not even do interviews on rnb radio at the when she started or when she was at the top of her career. watch the documentary on you tube how Clive Davis market her.

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