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Ashanti’s re-recorded debut album will be out “before the end of this year”

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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ashanti joined Good Morning America Wednesday to chat about her re-recorded, self-titled debut album and when fans can finally expect it. 

The “Princess of R&B” is re-doing the hit collection — which was released 20 years ago — to have full control over her work and to own the masters to the songs. She told Robin Roberts the award-winning collection will be out “before the end of this year.”

“There’s so much going on. So I’m in the studio and I’m re-recording as an NFT, so I’m very excited about that,” she said before reiterating, “It will definitely be out later this year.”

During her appearance on the morning show Ashanti, 41, performed her brand-new song “Falling for You” and was joined by special guest Ja Rule for a medley of popular hits “Rock Wit U,” “Happy” and “Mesmerize.”

The superstar singer says her relationship with labelmate Rule is still “so organic” after many years of working together. 

“It’s amazing for us to still be touring and doing our records and just getting so much love from the people, it’s an amazing feeling,” she said. “We have such a mutual respect for one another and it’s always been like that from day one.”

Ashanti’s new book, My Name is a Story, went number one on Amazon Wednesday, the same day as her mother’s birthday. She says she wrote the children’s story to encourage young kids “to be empowered to celebrate having a unique name.”

Ashanti said she’d remind her younger self “to always be encouraged, to dream big, to think outside of the box, never get discouraged, follow your dreams, always, always, always.”

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