How much is Ashanti worth?
|Net Worth:||$10 Million|
|Date of Birth:||October 13, 1980|
|Country:||United States of America|
Ashanti ShequoIya Douglas, known by her stage name as just Ashanti, is an American singer and actress who is most famous for her R&B singles and collaborations with rappers such as Ja Rule and Fat Joe. Known for her soft and sultry voice, many of Ashanti’s albums and singles have peaked at the top of Billboard charts and have remained there for months. She is now one of the most famous singers in the industry and her acting career is almost as prolific as her musical career, as some of her most popular movies include Coach Carter, Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, John Tucker Must Die, and Resident Evil: Extinction.
How did Ashanti earn her net worth?
The bulk of Ashanti’s wealth comes from her enormous album sales number, as many of her albums have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Her first record, Ashanti, has sold over six million copies, and her follow up, Chapter II, sold over 500,000 in it’s first week of release. Her record sales come from not only albums of original music, but also christmas albums full of covers and compilations albums of her greatest hits too. In total, Ashanti has sold over 15 million albums worldwide.
Though her newer released albums aren’t successful as her earlier work, she still has the odd hit here and there, such as “The Way That I Love You” and “Only U”. On top of that, she still earns regular income from her biggest hits thanks to streaming services such as Spotify. On the platform, the singer has over three million monthly listeners, and her song “Foolish” has over 150 million plays. Ashanti would have also earned tens of thousands of dollars per performance on TV, as she has featured on The Proud Family, American Dreams, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Why is she so famous?
Ashanti was just a child when she first broke in to the entertainment industry, only it wasn’t as a singer, but an actress, as she was regularly in the background of many films and music videos as an extra with no lines. Though many studios were interested in her vocal talent, reaching a deal would always come to a stand still as they didn’t know how to use her flair. So Ashanti tried to get a deal the old fashioned way, by networking with people who worked in the industry and gaining connections with people over at none other than Murder, Inc. Records.
When the ears of Irv Gotti, the celebrated producer at Murder, Inc., perked up when he heard Ashanti’s voice, he immediately knew how to use her talent. Not only did he have her write hooks for many of the rappers who were on the books at the company, but she also featured on big hits by artists such as Big Pun and Cadillac Tah. Following that, the track that would launch her in to the stratosphere of stardom came in the early 2000s, when she featured on the now iconic single “What’s Luv?” By Fat Joe. And with a track by Ja Rule, “Always On Time”, which featured the singer being released at the same time, Ashanti took up the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
It wasn’t until 2002 when Ashanti would finally release her own lead track, but when she did, it became a phenomenon that stopped everyone dead in their tracks. The song “Foolish” was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 for not just one week, not just two weeks, but for ten weeks. After the track was devoured by the whole world for two and a half months, Ashanti released her eponymous debut album, which unsurprisingly shot straight to number one. Her sophomore effort, Chapter II, was released in quick succession just one year later, which had the same success and featured the smash hit, “Rock Wit U”.
Though Ashanti has continued to enjoy chart success with her music for her whole career, in the mid-2000s she focused more on her acting career, a hobby she hadn’t returned to since she was a child. Her first lead role was in Muppet’s Wizard Of Oz in 2005, and in that same year she starred in Coach Carter alongside Samuel L. Jackson. The movie is a biographical drama based on the real life sports coach Ken Carter. The film was a modest success, making almost $80 million worldwide. Ashanti has since starred in a range of movies from romantic comedies to horrors, and her biggest success was with Resident Evil: Extinction, which made $150 million globally.
What makes her so successful?
More than anything, Ashanti is known best for her sweet and sultry voice, as she can hit falsetto notes that so few other singers can. Thanks to her pitch perfect voice, she was able to feature on some of the 90’s biggest rapper’s songs. Her inspirations include Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and more than any other, Mary J. Blige, who encouraged Ashanti to become a singer in the first place. It’s owed to these inspirations that she has so many accolades under her belt, including eight billboard awards and even a Grammy Award.
Ashanti was able to get ahead of other girls who dreamed of pop stardom as her parents were already well versed in the industry. Both of her parents had a long history in the music industry, as her mother had a background in dancing, and her father was a singer. So it comes as no surprise that Ashanti is at the top of her game when it comes to both singing and dancing. Ashanti owes a lot of her success and award wins to her upbringing, as without it, she might not be where she is today.
Ashanti’s dreamy voice has awarded her more fame and fortune than she could have ever imagined when she was dancing around to Mary J. Blige as just a child. Thanks to her dedication and forcing her way in to Murder Inc over 20 years ago, she has an estimated net worth of $10 million. Though she hasn’t released a solo album for more than six years, she is still recording music as a featured guest. Most recently she featured on Da Baby’s track “Nasty” with Megan Thee Stallion.