From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other uses of "Alesso", see Alesso (disambiguation).
Alesso profile.png
Background information
Birth name Alessandro Lindblad
Born (1991-07-07) 7 July 1991 (age 25)
Stockholm, Sweden
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • musician
  • Logic Pro
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • mixset
  • synthesizers
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts

Alessandro Lindblad (born 7 July 1991), commonly known by his stage name Alesso, is a Swedish DJ, record producer and musician. He has worked with numerous artists, including Tove Lo, Theo Hutchcraft, Ryan Tedder, Calvin Harris, Usher, David Guetta, and Sebastian Ingrosso.[1][2] He has also performed at numerous music festivals, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Tomorrowland.[1] In 2012, MTV named Alesso one of the "EDM Rookies to Watch",[3] and Madonna, who invited him to open select dates on her MDNA Tour, called Alesso "the next big thing in dance music."[4] As of 2015, he ranks 13th on DJ Magazine's list of the top 100 DJs.[5] His debut full-length album Forever was released on 22 May 2015[2] by Def Jam Recordings.[6]

Music career[edit]

Lindblad was born in Stockholm, and is of Swedish and Italian descent. He started playing piano at age 7,[7] but became interested in EDM when he was 16.[8] Alesso first gained recognition with the release of his Alesso EP in 2010.[7] In early 2011, Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia contacted Alesso and asked if he wanted to work together. Ingrosso introduced him to DJing and helped him with the production of tracks.[8] Since that time, Ingrosso has acted as a mentor for Alesso,[4] who referred to the elder Swede as a "big brother."[9] Despite having learned to DJ in 2011, Alesso made his debut on DJ Magazine's list of the top 100 DJs at number 70 in that same year.[10]

One of the first songs Alesso produced with Sebastian Ingrosso was a 2011 track named "Calling" that reached number 2 on the Beatport charts.[11] The song would later be renamed "Calling (Lose My Mind)" with an additional feature from Ryan Tedder.[1] Alesso's 2011 remix of Nadia Ali's "Pressure" premiered at the #1 spot on The Hype Machine and was one of the most played EDM songs of 2011.[12] From that point, his popularity continued to rise. MTV named him one of the "EDM Rookies to Watch in 2012",[3] and he recorded a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in March 2012. He played for a crowd of 60,000 at Creamfields, and accompanied Madonna on her MDNA World Tour at select European shows.[4] By the end of 2012, Alesso had released another original mix called "Years" featuring Matthew Koma that performed well in the United Kingdom.[13] He was also ranked 20th on the list of the top 100 DJs of 2012 by DJ Magazine.[14]

By 2013, Alesso had played at music festivals like Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland. He released a remix of OneRepublic's "If I Lose Myself" that was nominated for Grammy and garnered almost a million listens on SoundCloud in a relatively short time.[1] In a collaboration with Calvin Harris and Hurts, Alesso released "Under Control" which racked up 88 million views.[6] In 2013, he also achieved his highest ranking on the list of the top 100 DJs at number 13.[15] In July 2014, Alesso signed with Def Jam Recordings, becoming only the second EDM producer to sign with the label (after Afrojack). He also debuted a new track called "Tear the Roof Up", which was named a "Future Exclusive" by Zane Lowe.[16] The music video for "Tear The Roof Up" was released exclusively through SnapChat in September 2014.[17] Alesso also embarked on his "Heroes Tour", named after his single "Heroes (We Could Be)" featuring Tove Lo.[18] During the tour, Alesso teamed up with Chime for Change, a global charity that seeks to "improve the lives of women around the world." Alesso's involvement with the charity has raised over $50,000 as of October 2014.[19] His debut studio album was originally set to be released in the first quarter of 2015,[2] but was later released on May 22, 2015. It includes both "Heroes (We Could Be)" and "Tear the Roof Up".[5] The single for "Heroes (We Could Be)" was officially released on December 15, 2014.[6] His new single, titled "Cool" and featuring Roy English, premiered on February 13, 2015, on BBC Radio 1. The track, which samples Kylie Minogue's "Get Outta My Way", was officially released in Europe on February 16, 2015 and in North America on February 17, 2015.

On September 30, 2016, his new version of "I Wanna Know" featuring Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai was officially released.[20] Alesso and Tsai also closed International Music Summit with an discussion of what it takes to bridge the gap between East and West in electronic music.[21] On October 1, 2016, Alesso and Tsai performed the single "I Wanna Know" and a remix version of Tsai's hit "Play" together at the Storm Music Festival in Shanghai.[22] On October 4, 2016, it was announced that Alesso would be releasing a new version of the song "Years", collaborating with K-pop band Exo's member, Chen. The song was released on October 7 through SM Station.[23][24][25]

On October 7, 2016, weeks after Alesso premiered a new single, co-produced by Dillon Francis, called "Take my Breath Away", during Ultra Music Festival Taiwan, Alesso announce that the new collaborated single will be released on October 21, 2016.[26]

Alesso at Tomorrowland, on main stage (2016).


Alesso is renowned for his methods of utilizing melodic vibes in his productions along which he also alternates between his rave oriented productions. Productions include "Clash" and "Tear the Roof Up" fit with his gravelled rave style,[6] while his other melodically rich counterpart include productions such as "Years" (featuring Matthew Koma), "Heroes" (released in 2014, featuring Tove Lo) and also his collaboration with Dirty South and Ruben Haze – "City of Dreams".[5][13] Some consider him to be the next generation after the retired trio Swedish House Mafia.[1][4]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Forever 4 41 69 43 54 42 24 30
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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
"Calling (Lose My Mind)"
(with Sebastian Ingrosso featuring Ryan Tedder)
2012 71 19
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
Non-album single
(featuring Matthew Koma)
24 33 163 86 Forever
"If I Lose Myself"
(vs. OneRepublic)
2013 89 8
"City of Dreams"
(with Dirty South featuring Ruben Haze)
36 Non-album single
"Under Control"
(with Calvin Harris featuring Hurts)
8 17 21 42 55 24 59 34 1 103
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum[44]
  • BVMI: Gold[45]
  • IFPI SWI: Gold[46]
  • BPI: Gold[39]
Forever and Motion
"Tear the Roof Up" 2014 Forever
"Heroes (We Could Be)"
(featuring Tove Lo)
5 11 41 28 44 71 18 47 6 31
(featuring Roy English)
2015 59 19 10
"Sweet Escape"
(featuring Sirena)
87 27
"Anthem" Non-album single
"I Wanna Know"
(featuring Nico & Vinz or Jolin Tsai)[51]
2016 25 142
"Take My Breath Away" 56
"Falling" 2017 50
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  • Tim Berg - "Alcoholic" (Alesso Taking It Back Remix)
  • Deniz Koyu featuring Shena - "Time of Our Lives" (Alesso Remix)
  • Alesso - "I Wanna Know" (Alesso and Deniz Koyu Remix)
  • Jolin Tsai - "Play" (Alesso Remix)[53]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mckay, Chris (May 3, 2013). "Interview with Alesso: 'I'm still working on my sound, I'm still evolving as an artist'". The Independent. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c ""My album is coming in the first quarter of 2015..." – talks to Alesso". HMV. November 18, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Stewart, Adam (January 10, 2012). "EDM Rookies To Watch in 2012". MTV. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Sheridan, Emily (July 17, 2012). "'I want to mix it up': Why DJ Alesso is the next big thing in dance music... and even Madonna has noticed". Daily Mail. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Ryan, Patrick (November 23, 2014). "On the Verge: Alesso saves the day with EDM 'Heroes'". USA Today. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Gritt, Emma (November 20, 2014). "Alesso: 'I just bring good emotions to people'". The Independent. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Exclusive Interview with Alesso". Beat My Day. May 9, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Alesso discusses his year, 'Calling,' SHM, and more with us at Electric Zoo (Interview)". Dancing Astronaut. September 8, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Gossett, Eric (November 7, 2014). "10 Things We Learned From Alesso's Reddit AMA". Less Than 3. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Top 100 DJ's of 2011". Synthtopia. October 21, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Interview With Alesso". Dani Deahl. September 12, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ Martin, Paul (June 3, 2011). "[Electro] Pressure (Alesso Remix) – Alex Kenji, Starkillers, Nadia Ali". The Music Ninja. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Barker, Chris (November 28, 2012). "Alesso explains the making of Years". MusicRadar. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Alesso". DJ Magazine. 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ Alport, Jonathan (October 19, 2013). "DJ Mag Top 100 Revealed [Updated Live]". Your EDM. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ Hampp, Andrew (July 15, 2014). "Alesso Signs To Def Jam, Debuts 'Tear The Roof Up' Track". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ Sawers, Paul (September 8, 2014). "Top DJ and producer Alesso turns to Snapchat to premiere his new music video". The Next Web. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  18. ^ Ward, Nick (November 4, 2014). "Alesso Explains Lack Of 'Real Emotion' In EDM". Your EDM. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ Ward, Nick (October 29, 2014). "Alesso's Charity Event Breaks Record". Your EDM. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Alesso Delivers A Flip Of His Song "I Wanna Know" With Jolin Tsai". 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  21. ^ "Highlights at IMS Asia-Pacific". Music News Asia. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  22. ^ AbhinavM (2016-10-04). "Jolin Tsai - PLAY (Alesso Remix Version)". We Rave You. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  23. ^ Penrose, Nerisha (October 10, 2016). "Alesso Recruits K-Pop Group EXO's Singer Chen For 'Years' Rework: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  24. ^ "[POP스포]엑소 첸XDJ 알레소, 10월 7일 콜라보 'Years' 발표(공식)". Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  25. ^ "엑소 첸, 스웨덴 유명 DJ 알레소와 콜라보…7일 음원 발표". 2016-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  26. ^ [1]
  27. ^ a b "Swedish Charts > Alesso". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  28. ^ a b Peak positions in Australia:
  29. ^ a b "Discographie Alesso". Flandria Chart (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  30. ^ a b "Discografie Alesso". Flanders Chart (in Dutch). Ultratop & Hung Medien. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  31. ^ a b "Discografie Alesso" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  32. ^ a b "Discographie Alesso" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  33. ^ a b "ALESSO". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Alesso – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Discographie Alesso" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Discographie von Calvin Harris" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  37. ^ "Alesso – Chart history (Billboard Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  38. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2014 Singles". Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  39. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Institute. Retrieved 22 June 2016. Enter Alesso into the search field at the bottom of the page for the results. 
  40. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Calvin Harris)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  41. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (OneRepublic)". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  42. ^ "Alesso - Gold/Platinum - Music Canada". Music Canada. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  43. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 22 April 2013". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  44. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  45. ^
  46. ^
  47. ^ "Alesso feat. Tove Lo - Heroes (We Could Be)" (in Swedish). Swedish Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  48. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  49. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Alesso feat. Tove Lo – Heroes (We Could Be)". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  50. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Alesso". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  51. ^
  52. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  53. ^ "Play (Alesso Remix Version) - Single by Jolin Tsai & Alesso on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 

External links[edit]