Foolish (Ashanti song)

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"Foolish"
Single by Ashanti
from the album Ashanti
Released January 29, 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre R&B
Length 3:47
Label Murder Inc.
Writer(s) 7 Aurelius, Mark DeBarge, Ashanti, E. Jordan, Irv Gotti
Producer(s) Irv Gotti
Certification Platinum (ARIA)
Ashanti chronology
"What's Luv?"
(2002)
"Foolish"
(2002)
"Down 4 U"
(2002)
Music sample

"Foolish" is the debut single by American R&B singer Ashanti from her debut album. It was written by Ashanti, 7 Aurelius, Mark DeBarge and producer Irv Gotti. It uses a sample of DeBarge's "Stay with Me" and features elements from "One More Chance (remix)" by The Notorious B.I.G. and M.V.P by Big L.

The song was released as the album's lead single on January 29, 2002. It spent ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. The song became Ashanti's second number one and third top ten on both charts. The song was in the top ten in United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Germany and Japan.

In 2009, it was named the 19th most successful song of the 2000s (decade), on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[1] As of June 2012, it is the second best selling physical single of the 21st century, having sold over 8.4 million copies to date.[2]

Music video and awards[edit]

The filming session of the video for the single took place during January 2002. It was directed by Irv Gotti himself. The video grants us an insight of a relationship where the man, played by Terrence Howard, gets involved into some criminal acts, cheats on Ashanti, which ends up in a break-up after some quarrel. As the song suggests, Ashanti feels that she still loves her ex and that she just can't seem to get over him and becomes frusturated since her heart and her mind force her to love him and hate him at the same time. In supporting roles we can also see Charli Baltimore, Vita, Ja Rule and Irv Gotti. The video is set in the fashion of the movie Goodfellas, with Ashanti in the role of Karen Hill and Terrence Howard in the role of Henry Hill. Irv Gotti and Ja Rule are also in a scene appearing to take the roles of Jimmy Conway and Paulie Cicero. The video was a three-time nominee at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video, Best R&B Video, and Best New Artist.

The song was nominated at the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female, and Ashanti for Best New artist and won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single for Female

There are several Ashanti publications and releases under the name "Foolish" and "Unfoolish" and inspired by the single (or vice-versa). A book called Foolish/Unfoolish - Reflections on love contains Ashanti's teenage poems and diary extracts. It was followed by an audio book with the same name defined as A spoken word album - read by the author released by Hyperion.

Track listings[edit]

European CD Single

  1. "Foolish" [Radio Edit] - 3:52
  2. "Foolish" [Instrumental] - 3:52

Australian/U.S. Maxi single

  1. "Foolish" [Radio Edit] - 3:52
  2. "Foolish" [Album Version] - 3:48
  3. "Foolish" [Instrumental] - 3:51
  4. "Foolish" [Video]

UK 5" CD single

  1. "Foolish" [Album Version] - 3:48
  2. "Unfoolish" [Clean Album Version] - 3:15
  3. "Foolish" [Topnotch Remix]
  4. "Foolish" [Video]

Charts[edit]

Filmmaking credits[edit]

  • Production company : FM Rocks
  • Producer : Tom Fenning
  • Photographer : "Crash"
  • 1st assistant director : Joe Oz
  • Main actor : Terrence Howard
Preceded by
"Ain't It Funny" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
20 April 2002- 22 June 2002
Succeeded by
"Hot in Herre" by Nelly
Preceded by
"Oops (Oh My)" by Tweet featuring Missy Elliott
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
30 March 2002
Succeeded by
"Oh Boy" by Cam'ron featuring Juelz Santana

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
  2. ^ "Biography". Ashanti This Is Me. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
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  4. ^ "Ashanti-Foolish-austriancharts.at". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
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  8. ^ "lescharts.com – Ashanti –Foolish". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  9. ^ "Ashanti German Single Chart". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  10. ^ http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement?page=2
  11. ^ "charts.org.nz-Ashanti-Foolish". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  12. ^ "swedishcharts.com-Ashanti-Foolish". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  13. ^ "Ashanti-Foolish-hitparade.ch". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  14. ^ "Chart Stats-Ashanti-Foolish". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  15. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/280057/ashanti/chart
  16. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p483246/charts-awards/billboard-singles
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2002". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

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