Ashanti ‘empowered’ by Taylor Swift after re-recording her own debut album: ‘Ownership of creativity is so important’

Taylor has been re-recording her first six albums in order to own her masters (Picture: Getty Images)

‘More of us have to continue that narrative of women empowerment, and just artists as a whole. Owning your property and getting a chance to have ownership of your creativity is so so important. 

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‘Male, female, singer, rapper, whatever, I hope this is a lesson for artists to get in there and own.’ 

Ashanti has spent time recording the old songs again in Toronto, Canada, which has been a ‘super cool’ journey. 

‘It’s weird because I’m touring and doing shows all the time, so I’m hearing my records all the time,’ she laughed. 

‘But you go into the studio and people are like, “Argh, that’s my jam!”

‘It’s been a really cool vibe and my mum has been getting footage of me going into the booth and she’s like, “Wow, this is crazy”, when you were recording this 20 years ago at a studio in New York and now you’re here redoing it, it’s a surreal feeling so I’m super excited about it.’ 

Ashanti’s debut album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, and features bangers such as Foolish, Happy, Baby and Rain On Me. 

The tracks haven’t aged a day over the past two decades but there’s one song in particular that surprisingly irks the singer-songwriter. 

Ashanti is preparing to take the UK by storm on tour later this month

‘For some reason, I don’t like performing Rock wit U,’ she confessed.

Anyone else feel the burn? Yep, we definitely do. 

The singer continued: ‘My DJs are always like, “Put Rock wit U back on the set list!” Don’t get me wrong, I love Rock wit U – I wrote the record, I love it. But I don’t know why I don’t like performing it.

‘That’s one of my biggest records and I have a good time, but sometimes it’s just like, “ugh!”’ 

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Fear not though, one of her favourite songs is the anthemic Rescue from her first album so justice has been restored. 

Ashanti’s much-anticipated tour will kick off at London’s OVO Arena Wembley on May 29, followed by dates in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. 

Tickets are on sale now.

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