August Alsina

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August Alsina
August Alsina Official.jpg
August Alsina Press Photo, 2013
Background information
Birth nameAugust Anthony Alsina
Born(1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 21)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresHip hop, contemporary R&B
OccupationsSinger, rapper
Years active2007–present
LabelsRadio Killa, Def Jam
Associated actsYo Gotti
Websiteaugustalsina.com
 
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August Alsina
August Alsina Official.jpg
August Alsina Press Photo, 2013
Background information
Birth nameAugust Anthony Alsina
Born(1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 21)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresHip hop, contemporary R&B
OccupationsSinger, rapper
Years active2007–present
LabelsRadio Killa, Def Jam
Associated actsYo Gotti
Websiteaugustalsina.com

August Anthony Alsina, Jr.[2] (born September 3, 1992) is an American hip-hop singer from New Orleans signed to Radio Killa Records and Def Jam Recordings.[3][4]

Early life and education

Alsina was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.[5] He attended middle school in New Orleans.[6] 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.[7]

With both his father and stepfather battling crack cocaine addiction, Alsina's mother moved Alsina to Houston, Texas in search of a fresh start after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Then, Alsina's father died.[5][6]

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.[8][9][10]

Musical career

His first mixtape The Product was released in April 2012,[11][12] though an "Untitled" mixtape with six acoustic covers premiered in October 2011.[13] His single "I Luv This Shit" featuring Trinidad James was released in January 2013, and [14][15] his mixtape The Product 2 followed in May 2013.[16][17]

The EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun was released on August 20, 2013, with a video for "Hell on Earth" released the following month.[18] In December 2013, the third single from his Downtown: Life Under the Gun, "Ghetto" featuring Rich Homie Quan, was serviced to radio[19] and it was the most added song on urban radio the week ending December 12, 2013.[20] On January 14, 2014, August Alsina released "Make It Home" featuring Jeezy, as the second single from his debut studio album, following "Numb". Along with the release, it was revealed that the album would be titled Testimony and be released on April 15, 2014.[21]

Discography

Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
USUS
R&B
TestimonyTBRTBR

EP

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
USUS
R&B
Downtown: Life Under the Gun6814

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes with selected details
TitleAlbum details
Untitled
  • Released: October 11, 2011
  • Hosted by Indy Tapes
The Product
  • Released: April 15, 2012
  • Hosted by DJ Scream
August Alsina University
Throwback
  • Released: September 3, 2012
  • Hosted by Wild Wayne
The Product 2
  • Released: May 6, 2013
  • Hosted by DJ Drama

Singles

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
YearTitlePeak chart positionAlbum
USUS R&B/HH
[22]
US R&B
2013"I Luv This Shit" (featuring Trinidad James)48134Downtown: Life Under the Gun
"Downtown" (featuring Kidd Kidd)
"I Luv This Shit (Remix)"[23] (featuring Trey Songz & Chris Brown)N/A
"Ghetto" (featuring Rich Homie Quan)51Downtown: Life Under the Gun
"Numb"[24] (featuring B.o.B & Yo Gotti)58N/A
2014"Make It Home"[25] (featuring Jeezy)Testimony

References

  1. ^ September 3, 2013 Tweet from August Alsina, twitter.com, Retrieved 25 September 2013 (tweet confirms birthdate" "21 today... & my 1st time in Vegas! ...Know dat I'm wasted ...")
  2. ^ (8 April 2013). R&B Singer August Alsina Talks Working With The Dream, Preps Def Jam Debut, Life + Times (confirms middle name; other sources confirm he is a "junior")
  3. ^ Feeney, Michael (20 September 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)
  4. ^ (24 July 2013). MTV Jams' Fab 5 List: Spotlight On August Alsina, mtv.com
  5. ^ a b "Bio | August Alsina | Artists | Def Jam". Island Def Jam. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  6. ^ a b "Moving To Houston — Who Is August Alsina?". Complex. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  7. ^ (28 March 2012). New Orleans’ August Alsina: R&B’s Next Best Man , AllHipHop
  8. ^ (11 May 2012). August Alsina - Music Saved My Life, Global Grind
  9. ^ (10 April 2013). Interview: R&B Singer August Alsina Talks The-Dream, His Def Jam Deal & New Orleans Upbringing, Respect. (magazine)
  10. ^ (11 June 2013). Started From The Bottom, Now He’s Here: August Alsina, theboxhouston.com (KBXX)
  11. ^ (20 August 2013). Who Is August Alsina - The Product Mixtape and Signing to Def Jam, Complex (magazine)
  12. ^ (15 April 2012). New Music: August Alsina – The Product (Mixtape) (World Premiere), thisisrnb.com
  13. ^ (11 October 2011). NEW MUSIC/EMERGING ARTIST: AUGUST ALSINA – UNTITLED ACOUSTIC MIXTAPE, thisisrnb.com
  14. ^ (20 February 2013). New Video: August Alsina (feat. Trinidad James) - "I Luv This Shit", Vibe
  15. ^ (26 April 2013). Introducing August Alsina, an R&B Crooner Unafraid of Making a Masterpiece, Vibe
  16. ^ Stovall, Calvin (7 May 2013). Mixtape Review: August Alsina,The Product 2, Black Entertainment Television
  17. ^ (15 May 2013). Mixtape Of The Week: August Alsina The Product 2, Stereogum
  18. ^ (16 September 2013). Watch August Alsina’s “Hell On Earth”, The Source (magazine)
  19. ^ "Producer Knucklehead Fuses Earns His First #1 Hit With August Alsina's "I Luv This Shit" | August AlsinaAugust Alsina". Augustalsina.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  20. ^ http://archive.is/OydlQ. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "New Music: August Alsina f/ Jeezy – ‘Make It Home’". Rap-Up.com. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  22. ^ Illegal name entered augustalsina/augustalsina/chart?f=367 "K. Michelle Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - I Luv This S**t (Remix) [feat. Trey Songz & Chris Brown] - Single by August Alsina". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  24. ^ "iTunes - Music - Numb (feat. B.o.B & Yo Gotti) - Single by August Alsina". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  25. ^ "Make It Home [feat. Jeezy] [Explicit]:Amazon:MP3 Downloads". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 

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