Brian Hiatt of Entertainment Weekly spoke with Ashanti after her huge self-titled album’s opening week sales. On her decision to go -hop/soul rather than more of a neo-soul direction, Ashanti commented, “It’s just the best of both worlds. Hip-hop/R&B means you got something to dance to AND something to sing. The neo-soul stuff? That’s not for me. I respect it and appreciate it but that’s just not where my heart is.” Read more.