Ashanti

'Chapter' President

AshantiAfter the multi-platinum success of her self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam debut, you might think that Ashanti would take a break. Think again. Wasting little time, the 22-year-old diva is back this week with her sophomore set, "Chapter II." The set has gotten a big pre-release boost from the single "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)," which is No. 4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and No. 7 on the Hot 100.

On the track, Miss Douglas pushes the same buttons that turned "Baby" and "Happy" into lingering crossover hits, with their tried-and-true lightweight R&B vibe. Here, the stark breakbeat, courtesy of Chink Santana and Irv Gotti, provides an infectious rhythm over which the songstress coos to her lover.

Released in April 2002, Ashanti's self-titled debut debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The set has sold 3.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.