Ashanti confirmed via twitter that she is currently in the studio working on her fifth album, that is being released off her own record label Written Entertainment. Ashanti is rumored to be working with a slew of producers and artist, thus far this is all that has been verified… LT Hutton, Dr. Dre, Game,Theron Feemster bka Neff-U, The-Dream, Cool & Dre, Warryn Campbell, Carvin & Ivan, Common, Darkchild and Tank who co-wrote and co-produced with her the song Paradise. Ashanti’s new single & album is set to be released sometime in 2011. Ashanti has also stated that she plans on releasing the album in the first quarter of 2012, with the first single being planned for a winter release. In July 2011 a promo picture was released, rap-up revealed she has been in the studio with big names including Dr. Dre, Game, and Lil Wayne, and Ashanti has said that a single is coming “very soon”. Single titles include “Paradise” and “She Can’t.”
The-Dream has let loose the fact that he is in the studio working with Beyonce on a new project. It seems the hiatus won’t be that long and Beyonce will probably release her album sometime around Solange’s which is not fun. He is also working on Rihanna’s and Kasha’s. Let’s hope he doesn’t work on the new MC.
When asked by Parlour magazine: “You’ve just finished writing Ciara’s entire new album too. Is this really her last shot at pop stardom? The-Dream replied: “I think so. You only get so many times to, and I won’t say fail, but not achieve. There’s an expectation of where Ciara should be in her career. To others, she’s achieved but not to us, because we saw where her career was headed. But now she’s back on the horse. When she first came out I, like Lil Jon and Jazze Pha, understood exactly who she was. It was that whole Atlanta vibe because if i’m not Atlanta, no one is. I knew if I had a chance to get with her creatively, there’s a specific type of swagger that she’s got. Tricky and I did her whole album, but it’s not all shallow songs like “Ride.” There’s play time but there’s substance too, it’s a great listen.”