August Alsina

August Anthony Alsina Jr.[3] (born September 3, 1992) is an American singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana, formerly signed to Def Jam Recordings.[4][5] He is best known for his single "I Luv This Shit" with Trinidad James. His debut studio album Testimony was released on April 15, 2014.

August Alsina
Alsina performing in May 2015
Alsina performing in May 2015
Background information
Birth nameAugust Anthony Alsina Jr.
Born (1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 27)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteaugustalsina.com

Early life

Alsina was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.[6] He attended middle school in New Orleans.[7] Although no one in his family was musically inclined, he was inspired to sing by Lauryn Hill in Sister Act 2. Alsina first uploaded videos to YouTube in 2007 at age 14, starting with a cover of "Hypothetically" by Lyfe Jennings.[8]

With both his father and stepfather battling crack cocaine addiction, Alsina's mother moved him to Houston, Texas in search of a fresh start after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Then, Alsina's father died.[6][7] Alsina had disagreements with his mother at some point and was "kicked out." After his older brother, Melvin La'Branch III, was shot and killed on August 31, 2010, he became more committed to his music, and relocated to Atlanta in 2011.[9][10][11]

Musical career

2012–14: Downtown: Life Under The Gun and Testimony

His first mixtape The Product was released in April 2012,[12][13] though an "Untitled" mixtape with six acoustic covers premiered in October 2011.[14] His single "I Luv This Shit" featuring Trinidad James was released in January 2013, and[15][16] his mixtape The Product 2 followed in May 2013.[17][18]

The EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun was released on August 20, 2013, with a video for "Hell on Earth" released the following month.[19] On December 9, 2013, the third single from his EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun, "Ghetto" featuring Rich Homie Quan, was serviced to urban contemporary radio[20] and it was the most added song on urban radio the week ending December 12, 2013.[21] On January 14, 2014, Alsina released "Make It Home" featuring Jeezy, as the lead single from his debut studio album. Along with the release, it was revealed that the album would be titled Testimony, which was released on April 15, 2014.[22] He was named part of the 2014 XXL freshmen class.[23]

2015–2016: This Thing Called Life

On December 11, 2015, Alsina released his second studio album, This Thing Called Life.[24] It debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 41,000 copies in the United States.[25] The album was supported by five singles; "Hip Hop", "Why I Do It" (featuring Lil Wayne), "Song Cry", "Been Around the World" (featuring Chris Brown) and "Dreamer".

2017–present: The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy

Alsina had been working on his third studio album since 2017. On January 6, 2017, Alsina released the singles "Drugs". Then on June 1, 2017, "Lonely", and on June 6, 2017, "Don't Matter" was released for the album. The album, The Product III: State of Emergency was eventually released on June 26, 2020.

Artistry

Alsina's music generally falls into the Alternative R&B category that predominantly involves fusions with Hip-hop. His musical influences are Usher and Lyfe Jennings.[26]

Personal life

Health condition

In 2017, the singer revealed that he suffers from a severe autoimmune disease that attacks his liver. This illness has led to multiple incidents including a collapse on stage in 2014.[27]

on Jul 8, 2019, Alsina updated fans on his recent health scare. In a video he posted to Instagram, the singer explained that he was hospitalized after suffering a loss of mobility. "We're doing a bunch of tests and they're saying I have some nerve damage going on throughout my body".[28]

Relationships

On July 1, 2020, Alsina claimed he got permission from Will Smith to be in a romantic relationship with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.[29] The following day, a representative for Pinkett Smith released a statement concerning the claims, referring to them as "absolutely not true".[29]

Discography

Awards and nominations

BET Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014[31] August Alsina Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Nominated
Best New Artist Won
"I Luv This Shit" Best Collaboration Nominated
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award Won
2015 August Alsina Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Nominated
No Love (Remix) Best Collaboration Nominated

Tours

Headlining

  • Testimony Live[32] (2014)

Opening act

References

  1. ^ September 3, 2013 Tweet from August Alsina, twitter.com, Retrieved September 25, 2013 (tweet confirms birthdate" "21 today... & my 1st time in Vegas! ...Know dat I'm wasted ...")
  2. ^ "Interview: R&B Singer August Alsina Talks The-Dream, His Def Jam Deal & New Orleans Upbringing". Respect-mag.com. April 10, 2013.
  3. ^ (April 8, 2013). R&B Singer August Alsina Talks Working With The Dream, Preps Def Jam Debut Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Life + Times (confirms middle name; other sources confirm he is a "junior")
  4. ^ Feeney, Michael (September 20, 2013). August Alsina has fans going wild in NYC as he gets ready to release remix with Chris Brown and Trey Songz, Daily News (New York)
  5. ^ (July 24, 2013). MTV Jams' Fab 5 List: Spotlight On August Alsina, mtv.com
  6. ^ a b "Bio | August Alsina | Artists | Def Jam". Island Def Jam. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Moving To Houston — Who Is August Alsina?". Complex. August 20, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  8. ^ (March 28, 2012). New Orleans' August Alsina: R&B's Next Best Man , AllHipHop
  9. ^ (May 11, 2012). August Alsina – Music Saved My Life, Global Grind
  10. ^ (April 10, 2013). Interview: R&B Singer August Alsina Talks The-Dream, His Def Jam Deal & New Orleans Upbringing, Respect.
  11. ^ (June 11, 2013). Started From The Bottom, Now He's Here: August Alsina, theboxhouston.com (KBXX)
  12. ^ (August 20, 2013). Who Is August Alsina – The Product Mixtape and Signing to Def Jam, Complex
  13. ^ (April 15, 2012). New Music: August Alsina – The Product (Mixtape) (World Premiere), thisisrnb.com
  14. ^ (October 11, 2011). NEW MUSIC/EMERGING ARTIST: AUGUST ALSINA – UNTITLED ACOUSTIC MIXTAPE, thisisrnb.com
  15. ^ (February 20, 2013). New Video: August Alsina (feat. Trinidad James) – "I Luv This Shit", Vibe
  16. ^ (April 26, 2013). Introducing August Alsina, an R&B Crooner Unafraid of Making a Masterpiece, Vibe
  17. ^ Stovall, Calvin (May 7, 2013). Mixtape Review: August Alsina, The Product 2, Black Entertainment Television
  18. ^ (May 15, 2013). Mixtape Of The Week: August Alsina The Product 2, Stereogum
  19. ^ (September 16, 2013). Watch August Alsina's "Hell On Earth", The Source
  20. ^ "freq-flip-dec-2013". Frequencynews.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "BDSRadio Charts". Charts.bdsradio.com. Archived from the original on October 28, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  22. ^ "New Music: August Alsina f/ Jeezy – 'Make It Home'". Rap-Up.com. January 14, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  23. ^ Sia, Niccole. "XXL Freshmen 2014 Cover Revealed". XXL Magazine. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  24. ^ "This Thing Called Life by August Alsina". iTunes. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  25. ^ Hernandez, Victoria (December 21, 2015). "Hip Hop Album Sales: August Alsina, R. Kelly & Rick Ross". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  26. ^ "Artist Influences for August Alsina". MTV. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  27. ^ "R&B Singer August Alsina Collapsed During His New York Show". Time.
  28. ^ "August Alsina Hospitalized After Losing Ability to Walk". Scooptrend.
  29. ^ a b "August Alsina claims Will Smith sanctioned affair with Jada Pinkett Smith". Page Six. NYP Holdings, Inc. June 30, 2020.
  30. ^ "Album: August Alsina – The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy". Scooptrend.
  31. ^ Yahr, Emily (June 30, 2014). "BET Awards: List of winners and highlights, including Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, Lil Wayne". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  32. ^ "Testimony Live Tour Dates". August Alsina Official Website.

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