August Alsina

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August Alsina
Birth name August Anthony Alsina, Jr.
Born (1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 22)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres R&B, hip hop, hip hop soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Def Jam (current)
Radio Killa (former)
Associated acts Usher, Pusha T, Yo Gotti, Rich Homie Quan
Website augustalsina.com

August Anthony Alsina, Jr.[2] (born September 3, 1992) is an American recording artist from New Orleans signed to Def Jam Recordings.[3][4] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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[edit]

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] 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[19] and it was the most added song on urban radio the week ending December 12, 2013.[20] 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.[21] He was named part of the 2014 XXL freshmen class.[22]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US US
R&B/HH
US
R&B
UK UK
R&B
Testimony 2 1 1 108 10

EPs[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
R&B/HH
US
R&B
Downtown: Life Under the Gun 68 14 5

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes with selected details
Title Album 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[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US R&B/HH
[24]
US R&B
"I Luv This Shit"
(featuring Trinidad James)
2013 48 13 4 Downtown: Life Under the Gun and Testimony
"Downtown"
(featuring Kidd Kidd)
Downtown: Life Under the Gun
"Ghetto"
(featuring Rich Homie Quan or Yo Gotti)
115 37 19 Testimony
"Numb"
(featuring B.o.B and Yo Gotti)
122 38 16
"Make It Home"
(featuring Young Jeezy)
2014 51 22
"Kissin' On My Tattoos" 51 23
"No Love" 73 17 6
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B/HH US R&B
"Down On Your Luck"[26]
(Sage the Gemini featuring August Alsina)
2014 Remember Me
"Rich"[27]
(Kirko Bangz featuring August Alsina)
116 42 Bigger Than Me
"Hold You Down"
(DJ Khaled featuring Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future and Jeremih)
53 16 7 I Changed Alot

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"I Luv This Shit" 2013 Motion Family [28]
"Ghetto" Lindsey, PaynePayne Lindsey [29]
"Numb" [30]
"Make It Home" 2014 [31]
"Get Ya Money" [32]
"Benediction" [33]

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2014[34] 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

Tours[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • Testimony Live[35] (2014)

Co-headlining[edit]

  • The UR Experience Tour (2014) (with Usher)

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://www.frequencynews.com/flippagefreq/flip-freq-dec-2013/index.html#p=18
  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. ^ Sia, Niccole. "XXL Freshmen 2014 Cover Revealed". XXL Magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  23. ^ Tardio, Andres. "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 09/21/2014". HipHopDX. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ "American single certifications – August Alsina – I Luv This S**t". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 18, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  26. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Down-Your-Luck-Sage-Gemini/dp/B00IG95WAA
  27. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rich-feat.-august-alsina-single/id894552981
  28. ^ "I Luv This Sh*t". MTV (Viacom). March 8, 2013. Archived from the original on June 13, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Ghetto". MTV (Viacom). October 17, 2013. Archived from the original on March 12, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Numb ft. B.o.B., Yo Gotti (Explicit)". MTV (Viacom). December 1, 2013. Archived from the original on March 12, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Make It Home". MTV (Viacom). February 13, 2014. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Video: August Alsina f/ Fabolous – 'Get Ya Money'". Rap-Up. April 15, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  33. ^ "August Alsina Gives Testimony In 'Benediction' Video Featuring Rick Ross". XXL. June 30, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  34. ^ 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. 
  35. ^ "Testimony Live Tour Dates". August Alsina Official Website. 

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