R+B star Ashanti insists her new album hasn't been adversely affected by her mentor Irv Gotti's recent legal troubles.

The UNFOOLISH singer, who is currently working on her third disc with music mogul Gotti and hip-hop star Ja Rule, insists the case in which Gotti and his brother CHRIS LORENZO were accused of laundering money through their record company The Inc, is already a distant memory.

She says, "It's been really rough this year, but I think nothing can stop us. Me, Ja and Irv, we're in the studio recording music for our next album.

"Some of the songs are so hot that they were supposed to be for this remix album and we decided to keep them for the next record.

"Ja is coming out with a Greatest Hits album. We really are keeping things going."