Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), commonly known simply by the mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations in 2006.
In 2006, she released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the single "When I See U" which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award. Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single "Bittersweet," which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. As of February 2012, Barrino has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States.
The discography of American R&B and gospel singer Fantasia Barrino, who performs under the mononym Fantasia, consists of three studio albums, thirteen singles, two of which she performs as the featured artist, and six music videos. At the age of nineteen, she won the third season of American Idol, earning a record deal with 19 Entertainment and J Records. The season's coronation song, "I Believe," debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at number one in Canada, in addition to reaching numbers four and twenty in Australia and New Zealand, respectively.
Later in 2004, she released her debut studio album, Free Yourself, which debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was eventually certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and as of August 2010, has sold over 1.8 million copies in the US. The album spawned two US R&B top five hits include the titular track, and "Truth Is." "Baby Mama" was also released, and charted on the Hot 100, while "It's All Good" and "Ain't Gon' Beg You" were also released. After the release of her debut album, Fantasia also appeared on "Hypothetically," a single from Lyfe Jennings' album, Lyfe 268-192.
Fantasia's self-titled, second studio album, was released in 2006. Although selling 133,000 discs in its first week of availability, the album only managed to peak at number nineteen in the US. However, it did reach number three on the R&B albums chart, and was eventually certified Gold in the US. The album contained the hit, "When I See U," which is Fantasia's biggest hit to date other than her Idol coronation single. "When I See U" peaked at thirty-two on the Hot 100, and spent eight weeks at number one the US R&B chart. The song was certified Gold in the US, and according to Billboard, ranks at number eight on the 2000s decade-end R&B chart. Fantasia also spawned two other singles, "Hood Boy," featuring rapper Big Boi, and "Only One U". In 2007, Fantasia also was a featured artist on Aretha Franklin's single, "Put You Up on Game."
After a four-year hiatus, Fantasia returned in 2010 with the release of Back to Me, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and became her first album to top the R&B albums chart. Its lead single "Bittersweet" reached number seven on the US R&B chart. The album also spawned the single "I'm Doin' Me," which has peaked in the top twenty of the US R&B chart.
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