Fantasia Barrino performs at the 2015 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. Fantasia’s four albums have cumulatively sold more than 3.5 million copies, good for fifth all-time among “American Idol” alumni. Her most recent album, 2013’s “Side Effects of You,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
Fantasia Barrino performs at the 2015 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. Fantasia’s four albums have cumulatively sold more than 3.5 million copies, good for fifth all-time among “American Idol” alumni. Her most recent album, 2013’s “Side Effects of You,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. Powers Imagery Powers Imagery/Invision/AP
Fantasia Barrino performs at the 2015 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. Fantasia’s four albums have cumulatively sold more than 3.5 million copies, good for fifth all-time among “American Idol” alumni. Her most recent album, 2013’s “Side Effects of You,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. Powers Imagery Powers Imagery/Invision/AP
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