Foolish (Ashanti song)

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"Foolish"
Foolish (Ashanti single - cover art).jpg
Single by Ashanti
from the album Ashanti
ReleasedJanuary 29, 2002
Recorded2001
GenreR&B
Length3:47
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Ashanti singles chronology
"What's Luv?"
(2002)
"Foolish"
(2002)
"Down 4 U"
(2002)
Audio sample
"Foolish"

"Foolish" is a song by American singer-songwriter Ashanti. It served as her debut single, the first from her self-titled debut album (2002). It was written by Ashanti, 7 Aurelius, Etterlene Jordan, Mark DeBarge and Irv Gotti, while production was overseen by Gotti. The song uses a sample of DeBarge's "Stay with Me" and features elements from the remix of "One More Chance" by The Notorious B.I.G. and "M.V.P." by Big L. Due to the inclusion of the sample, Mark DeBarge and Etterlene Jordan are also credited as songwriters. A promotional version of the single called "Unfoolish" features a verse from Notorious B.I.G. from his song "F--king You Tonight".

The song was released as the album's lead single on January 29, 2002. It spent ten weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming Ashanti's second number one and third top ten on both charts. Elsewhere, "Foolish" became a top ten hit in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The song was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards, and won the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female. In 2009, Billboard ranked it 19th on its Hot 100 Songs of the 2000s Decade.[1]

Composition[edit]

The song is performed in the key of C major in common time with a tempo of 89 beats per minute. It follows a chord progression of Fmaj7–G, and Ashanti's vocals span from A3 to C6.[2][3]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Foolish" spent 10 consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and a total of 17 weeks in the top 10. It would later get ranked the second best performing single of 2002, and listed as the 132nd best single.

Music video[edit]

The filming session of the video for the single took place during January 2002. It was directed by Irv Gotti. The video shows the viewer a relationship where a man, played by Terrence Howard, gets involved into some criminal acts after telling his girlfriend [Ashanti] that he is in construction and is unfaithful to Ashanti with Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta reality star Althea, 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.

Track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Ashanti.[4]

  • Instrumentation – 7 Aurelius
  • Mixing – Supa Engineer Duro, Irv Gotti
  • Production – 7 Aurelius, Irv Gotti
  • Songwriting – 7 Aurelius, A. Douglas, E. Jordan, I. Lorenzo, M. DeBarge
  • Recording – Milwaukee Buck
  • Recording assistance – Terry "Murda Mac" Herbert

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] Platinum 70,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Gold 454,000[34]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
  2. ^ Lorenzo, Irving. "Ashanti "Foolish" Sheet Music in C Major - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Key & BPM for Foolish by Ashanti | Tunebat". tunebat.com. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Ashanti (CD liner). Ashanti. Murder Inc., Def Jam Recordings. 2002.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  9. ^ "Euro Chart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. July 27, 2002. p. 7. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
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  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Ashanti – Foolish". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Foolish". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 26, 2002" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ashanti – Foolish" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – Ashanti – Foolish". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ashanti – Foolish". Singles Top 100. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ashanti – Foolish". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  20. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  21. ^ "Ashanti Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  22. ^ "Ashanti Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  23. ^ "Ashanti Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  24. ^ "Ashanti Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  25. ^ "ARIA End of Year Singles Chart 2002". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  26. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 2002". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  27. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 2002". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  28. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2002". hitparade.ch. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  29. ^ "2002 UK Singles Chart" (PDF). ChartsPlus. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  30. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2002". Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  31. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – 2002 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  32. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  33. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on August 10, 2020. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  34. ^ Copsey, Rob (January 28, 2020). "Ashanti's Top 10 biggest hits on the Official UK Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  35. ^ "British single certifications – Ashanti – Foolish". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 17, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Foolish in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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