10:37 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 10/19/2005 06:00AM
Ashanti thought she was going out for a simple dinner with her family to celebrate her 25th birthday. But instead the R&B singer (whose b-day was Oct. 13) was treated to a surprise party with an all-star guest list of 500 – including her rapper boyfriend Nelly, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Naomi Campbell and Ja Rule – at New York City hot spot Glo.
Originally posted 07/23/2004 06:00AM
Those Simpson sisters, they share everything – including aspiring pop star Ryan Cabrera. Twenty-year-old Cabrera, whose debut album hits stores next month, is opening for Jessica on some dates of her Reality tour … and he's also dating younger sis Ashlee, 19. "I'm with Ryan," she told us at the release party for her own CD, Autobiography, at New York nightspot PM this week. The 5-month-old pair recently reconciled after a brief hiatus, she said, because "we like each other too much." Ashlee, who is finished with her role on The WB show 7th Heaven (though she may go back for guest spots) and is pursuing a movie career, told us she had hesitated to get into the music biz. "I was more shy (than Jessica) about singing," Ashlee says. "I never really knew I could do a record. It's something I always really, really wanted, but I didn't know because I kind of felt like that's her thing, I don't need to do that. But I really wanted to – so I just did it." The two sisters are planning to share something else this holiday season: Their father, Joe, tells us that Ashlee will join Jessica for a duet on her Christmas album.
Originally posted 02/19/2004 10:00AM
February 20, 2004SPEAKING IN TONGUES R&B singer Ashanti took on a new language for her first movie, Bride & Prejudice – the upcoming Jane Austen-meets-Bollywood musical from director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham). "I play an Indian songstress, and I sing in Hindi and in English," says the 23-year-old Grammy winner. "My Hindi part was: 'Payal bajake, ghungroo bajake/ Tujhe divana kari de ga,' which means, 'My little anklets, the bells ringing and the electricity in my eyes will make you crazy.' " After leaving the film's Goa, India, set, Ashanti enjoyed luxe accommodations during an overnight stay in Bombay. "I stayed in President Clinton's suite at this incredible hotel on the beach," she said. "And when I went inside, they put the red dots on our foreheads. It was cool."
Originally posted 01/10/2003 12:00PM
Five-time Grammy nominee Ashanti, who is up for the best new artist award, is also adding another new credit to her resume: movie star.
Originally posted 11/19/2002 01:55PM
She's been "Foolish," "Always on Time" and "Happy" -- and she's been virtually unavoidable on the radio this year. Now Ashanti will get a chance to take home some trophies, as the R&B songbird picked up a field-best five nominations Tuesday for the 30th American Music Awards.
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