Scars to Your Beautiful

"Scars to Your Beautiful" is a song recorded by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara. Def Jam Recordings and Universal Music Group serviced it to contemporary hit radio on July 26, 2016, as the third single from her debut studio album Know-It-All (2015). The song was written by Alessia Caracciolo, Warren Felder, Andrew Wansel, Coleridge Tillman and Justin Franks, and produced by Pop & Oak and the latter two.

"Scars to Your Beautiful"
DJ
Single by Alessia Cara
from the album Know-It-All
ReleasedJuly 26, 2016 (2016-07-26)
Recorded2015
GenreSynth-pop
Length3:50
LabelDef Jam
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Alessia Cara singles chronology
"Wild"
(2016)
"Scars to Your Beautiful"
(2016)
"How Far I'll Go"
(2016)
Music video
"Scars to Your Beautiful" on YouTube

It peaked at number eight and thus became Alessia Cara's second top-ten single on US Billboard Hot 100.[1]

BackgroundEdit

In an interview with Idolator's Mike Wass, Cara stated about the song,

"Basically, that song is about body image. It's directed at women, but I think men can relate to it as well. It's just a song about these things that certain women go through on a daily basis in order to feel loved or in order to love themselves. I think that's such a thing that goes on in today's world. These weird things are instilled in us. You know? They tell us that we’re not good enough or that there's only one kind of beauty. This song basically is contradicting that idea. It's saying, 'Well, if the world doesn't like how you look then they should change. They should change their perspective. You don’t have to change yourself.' I mean, I thought that that was important, you know, just to put out next. Especially because I think that's kind of the direction we're going in, you know, with 'Here'. 'Here' was about not belonging anywhere and 'Wild Things' was about finding a space you belong. Now 'Scars To Your Beautiful' is basically about embracing yourself and finally coming to that conclusion where you feel love and you can love yourself. I think it's cool to put out third because I feel like I have a bigger platform now. The point of the song is to reach as many women, or people, as possible."[2]

Critical receptionEdit

The Guardian's Kitty Empire said that "There's substance on Scars to Your Beautiful, where Cara tackles the beauty myth à la Beyoncé. The verses pack some good stuff – 'What's a little bit of hunger? I can go a little bit longer.'" and later went on to say "the thumping motivational chorus merely suggests we are all stars."[3] Katy Iandoli of Idolator stated "Scars to Your Beautiful is a modern-day version of TLC's 'Unpretty', in its acknowledgment of the beauty in both visible and invisible imperfections."[4]

Billboard ranked "Scars to Your Beautiful" at number 77 on their Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks" list, commenting “Body-positivity anthems typically don't get this dark, but on "Scars To Your Beautiful," Alessia Cara isn't afraid to talk cutting, tears and eating disorders, before getting to the uplifting chorus, where she delivers some of the most empowering, horizon-expanding lyrics of this year: ‘You don't have to change a thing / The world could change its heart.’”[5]

Music videoEdit

The music video was published on July 11, 2016, with a cameo appearance by singer JoJo.[6]

BackgroundEdit

On the concept of the music video, Cara said in an interview with Cosmopolitan: "I wanted to do this kind of video for a very long time. Since we had this song — and since we knew it was going to be a single — I had this vision of many different cinematic shots of different kinds of people. I wanted all kinds of people — young, old, whatever their situation, whether it's visible scars, non-visible scars — just a bunch of different women, and there are some men in there as well because it can reach out to guys too. But I wanted real shots of real people telling their stories, and showing the story through little vignettes."[7]

Usage in mediaEdit

The song is featured in the television shows The Bold Type and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The song was used in the international trailer of A Wrinkle in Time,[8] as well as the background music for the introduction video of Dirt Rally 2.0.

In 2018, the song was featured in television commercials for ULTA Beauty.

Track listingEdit

  • CD Single
  1. "Scars to Your Beautiful" – 3:50
  2. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (NOTD Remix) – 3:19
  • Digital download – Remixes[9]
  1. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (Luca Schreiner Remix) – 4:22
  2. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (NOTD Remix) – 3:19
  3. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (Cages Remix) – 4:28
  4. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (Joe Mason Remix) – 3:51
  5. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (recycle jordan Remix) – 3:32

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[57] 4× Platinum 280,000 
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[58] Gold 30,000 
Canada (Music Canada)[59] Platinum 80,000 
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[60] Gold 45,000 
Germany (BVMI)[61] Gold 200,000 
Italy (FIMI)[62] 2× Platinum 100,000 
New Zealand (RMNZ)[63] Gold 15,000*
Sweden (GLF)[64] 3× Platinum 120,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[65] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[66] 4× Platinum 4,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States July 26, 2016 Digital download [67]
Top 40 radio Def Jam [1]
United Kingdom November 8, 2016 [68]

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