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Fantasia released her debut studio album, Free Yourself, in November 2004.It debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, selling 240,000 copies in its first week.This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards.The specific problem is: Inconsistent use of "Taylor" and "Fantasia" to refer to the subject throughout the article.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.On April 18, 2013, Fantasia returned to American Idol singing "Lose to Win." The performance dubbed "dynamic, passionate and powerful" Fantasia Taylor was born Fantasia Barrino to Diane and Joseph Barrino and raised in High Point, North Carolina. Taylor cites Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle and Tina Turner as her biggest musical influences. R&B duo K-Ci & Jo Jo, formerly of Jodeci, are her first cousins.
Feeling embarrassed and harassed after she was raped by a classmate, Taylor's show was a heartfelt staging of the Porgy and Bess standard "Summertime" that left her in tears from "feeling the song" and earned praise from the judges and was named amongst the AOL's 2004 list of greatest television moments.She appeared three times as a musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.On March 25, 2005, Fantasia performed at the thirty-sixth NAACP Image Awards in honor of Illinois Senator Barack Obama after winning the award for Outstanding Female Artist.As of February 2012, Fantasia has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States.In 2012, VH1 ranked her number 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.