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The New York Times In 2003: Beyoncé Is 'No Ashanti'
By SP_COP on September 05, 2013 | From www.huffingtonpost.com
In 2003, Beyoncé Knowles stepped away from her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams and released a solo album.

Knowles was 21 at the time, and her debut solo album "Dangerously in Love" is now accepted as the beginning of one of the biggest careers in pop music history. While the album received some mixed reviews, reactions were largely positive, earning Knowles five Grammy awards, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and going four times platinum.

Upon the album's release, however, the New York Times was less than impressed. The newspaper of record compared Knowles to a female competitor at the time, R&B singer Ashanti. "The Solo Beyoncé: She's No Ashanti," The New York Times wrote when reviewing "Dangerously in Love" in comparison to Ashanti's Murder Inc. release "Chapter II."

The review named Ashanti as Beyoncé's "mirror-image rival," noting that while Ashanti's album exceeded expectations, Beyonce's album could not live up to the hype. The Times claimed that Beyoncé's early success was due in large part to being a part of the girl group Destiny's Child, writing, "Maybe this album is merely a misstep, and maybe Beyoncé has yet to record the brilliant solo album that people expected. Or maybe it's proof that she isn't quite as versatile as she seemed. She's a strong and independent singer, no doubt, but maybe she seems strongest and most independent when she's got a posse behind her."...
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SP_COP - September 05, 2013 - www.huffingtonpost.com
In 2003, Beyoncé Knowles stepped away from her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams and released a solo album.Knowles was 21 at the time, and her debut solo album "Dangerously...
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