- 13 Dec 21
Ashanti wants to re-record her 2002 debut "so that I can collect my coins."
The American R&B singer originally from New York, Ashanti, discussed in a recent interview her plans to re-record her hit self-titled debut album (pictured above).
Speaking to the hip-hop radio show The Breakfast Club, she revealed her reasons behind being the latest high profile artist to re-record old music to get control of their master recordings.
"As an artist, when you are in the game for a certain amount of time, you pay your dues and things are supposed to come back to you," she said when asked about her plans.
"You have a legal team that does what they're supposed to do so that you can function and own (your work). So with my album being 20 years old in April, obviously it makes sense for me to go in and re-record so that I can collect my coins."
She continued to say that in order to provide something new for her fans with the release, she will "maybe put some features in there."
Ashanti hit no. 1 on the American charts upon release in 2002 and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) later that year. By 2008 it had sold 3.6 million copies in the United States.
If it is re-recorded, Ashanti would be following Taylor Swift in re-recording her old music to own the masters to her own recordings.
Swift released Red (Taylor's Version) earlier this year to wide acclaim and commercial success.
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