Chapter II (Ashanti album)

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Chapter II
Ashanti - Chapter II.jpg
Studio album by Ashanti
Released July 1, 2003
Recorded 2002–2003
Studio Crackhouse Studios
(New York City)
SoundCastle Studios
(Los Angeles)
Genre R&B[1]
Length 65:16
Label
Producer
Ashanti chronology
7 Series Sampler
(2003)7 Series Sampler2003
Chapter II
(2003)
Ashanti's Christmas
(2003)Ashanti's Christmas2003
Singles from Chapter II
  1. "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)"
    Released: May 13, 2003
  2. "Rain on Me"
    Released: August 9, 2003
  3. "Breakup 2 Makeup"
    Released: January 16, 2004

Chapter II is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Ashanti, released by Murder Inc. and Island Def Jam on July 1, 2003 in the United States. The album involves production by Irv Gotti and Chink Santana and features a guest appearance by Ja Rule. Chapter II spawned three singles including the Billboard Hot 100 number two song "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)", the R&B-ballad "Rain on Me" and the Irv Gotti-produced "Breakup 2 Makeup (Remix)".

The album debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in July 2003 with first-week sales of 326,000 units. The album was certified Platinum on August 14, 2003. It earned Ashanti three Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (51/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
Mojo 3/5 stars[5]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[2][6]
Q 1.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[8]
The Village Voice C[9]

Chapter II received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 51, based on 11 reviews, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.

Commercial performance[edit]

Chapter II debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart in July 2003 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart at number one with first-week sales of 326,000 units sold, the album became Ashanti's second number 1 album. She became the first female artist ever to have 2 no. 2 albums in less than 2 years. [10] The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on August 14, 2003 and remained on Billboard 200 album for 30 consecutive weeks. Chapter II has sold 1.5 million copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The album was the 54th best-selling album of 2003. As of 2007, the album has sold 3 million copies globally.[11]

Singles[edit]

  • The first single from the album "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)" peaked at number two on Billboard Hot 100 and number four on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single became a commercial success stateside and Ashanti's third top ten hit (solo). It was a moderate success internationally, it reached the top five in Canada and Japan, the top ten in United Kingdom, top twenty in Australia, and the top forty in Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland.
  • The second single "Rain on Me", peaked at number seven on Billboard Hot 100 and number two on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single became Ashanti's fourth top ten hit (solo) and another success stateside. It was a moderate success internationally, reaching the twenty in United Kingdom and the top forty in Canada.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Chapter II.[12]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro (Medley)" Ashanti Douglas, 7 Aurelius, Irving Lorenzo, E. Jordan, M. DeBarge, R. Calhoun, A. Parker, Jeffrey Atkins, T. Bell, L. Creed, T. Lane, L. Troutman, R. Troutman, M. Dean, B. Jordon 1:18
2. "Shany's World" (featuring Chink Santana) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo 3:05
3. "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo 3:29
4. "What Are They Gonna Say Now" (skit)   0:31
5. "Breakup 2 Makeup" Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo 3:41
6. "I Found Lovin'" Johnny Flippin, Michael L. Walker 4:15
7. "Rain on Me" Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, Burt Bacharach, Hal David 4:57
8. "Then Ya Gone" (featuring Chink Santana) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, E. Isley, M. Isley, O. Isley, R. Isley, R. Isley, C. Jasper, Lorenzo 4:59
9. "Living My Life" Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo 3:46
10. "Black Child" (skit) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, R. Gills 1:28
11. "Feel So Good" Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, Austin Johnson, Smead Hudman 4:31
12. "Carry On" Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo 3:15
13. "The Sugar Shack" (skit)   1:10
14. "The Story of 2" Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, Rick James 4:33
15. "Ohhh Ahhh" Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo 4:36
16. "Shany Shia" (skit)   1:11
17. "Sweet Baby" (featuring Ja Rule) Douglas, Atkins, Lorenzo, S. Aurelius, Al Green 4:08
18. "U Say, I Say" (featuring Gunnz) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo 4:09
19. "I Don't Mind" Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo 5:04
20. "Outro" (featuring Chink Santana) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo 0:58
Samples[12]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[26] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c Critic Reviews at Metacritic
  3. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ Mojo review
  6. ^ PopMatters review
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  8. ^ Slant Magazine review
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 2, 2003). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot 2003". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/70058/ashanti-returns-to-no-1-with-chapter-ii
  11. ^ http://rollingout.com/covers/ashanti-my-how-shes-grown/
  12. ^ a b Chapter II (Media notes). Ashanti. Murder Inc., Island Def Jam. 2003. 
  13. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Ashanti – Chapter II". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Ashanti – Chapter II" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  15. ^ "Ashanti Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ashanti – Chapter II" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Ashanti – Chapter II". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Ashanti – Chapter II" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Ashanti – Chapter II". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ashanti – Chapter II". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  21. ^ "Ashanti | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  22. ^ "Ashanti Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  23. ^ "Ashanti Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  24. ^ "Billboard.BIZ". Billboard.BIZ. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  25. ^ "Billboard.BIZ". Billboard.BIZ. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  26. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Ashanti – Chapter II" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2017-06-12.  Select 2003年月 on the drop-down menu
  27. ^ "British album certifications – Ashanti – Chapter II". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2017-04-22.  Enter Chapter II in the search field and then press Enter.
  28. ^ "American album certifications – Ashanti – Chapter II". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2017-04-22.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Dangerously in Love by Beyoncé
US Billboard 200 number-one album
July 12, 2003 – July 26, 2003
Succeeded by
Bad Boys II Soundtrack