When Ash/ey was 17, she quit elementary school, "which was crazy because I was enrolled in an International Baccalaureate program and was going to go to Columbia University and study psychology," she says, "but I wanted to move back to L.A. and pursue my music." That's when she met Dr. Luke. "I had been looking for a female artist with an incredible, distinctive voice who had her own style," Luke says. "Ash/ey didn't sound like anybody else." Dr. Luke was also working with red-hot hip-hop artist Flo Rida on a track for his second album. One night, Ash/ey was hanging out with them and the rapper told her he wanted a female voice on a track and asked if she wanted to lay down a vocal. Naturally, she obliged. In February, that track, "Right Round," soared to No. 1, selling more than 636,000 downloads its first week out, and shattering the all-time one-week digital single sales record. (Ash/ey also contributes her sassy vocal stylings to "Touch Me," another track from Flo Rida's upcoming 2009 album R.O.O.T.S.)

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