Alma (Finnish singer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Alma
Alma in March 2018
Alma in March 2018
Background information
Birth nameAlma-Sofia Miettinen
Born (1996-01-17) 17 January 1996 (age 25)
Kuopio, Finland
GenresPop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2013–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitecyberalma.com

Alma-Sofia Miettinen (born 17 January 1996), known professionally as Alma (stylised in all caps), is a Finnish singer and songwriter. Beginning her career in 2013, she placed fifth in the seventh season of the Finnish version of Idol. Her breakthrough came in 2015 when she was featured on the single "Muuta ku mä" by Sini Sabotage, and was subsequently signed to Universal Music Group.

The following year she released the singles "Karma" and "Dye My Hair", both of which became top ten hits in Finland. Her 2017 single "Chasing Highs" repeated this success, and also reached the top twenty in Germany and the United Kingdom. Her extended play Heavy Rules Mixtape was released in 2018 and reached the top ten in Finland. She has collaborated frequently with English singer Charli XCX, Swedish singer Tove Lo, English DJ Digital Farm Animals who produced most of the songs of her debut album and most recently, American singer Miley Cyrus.

Career[edit]

2013: Idols[edit]

In 2013, at age 17, Alma auditioned for the seventh season of Finnish Idols. She progressed to the live shows, where she finished fifth.[1]

Idols performances and results
Episode Theme Song Result
Audition N/A N/A Through to live shows
1. Final N/A "Welcome to My Life" – Sunrise Avenue Safe
3. Final N/A "Price Tag" – Jessie J Safe
5. Final N/A "Sekaisin" – J. Karjalainen Safe
7. Final N/A "In the Shadows" – The Rasmus Eliminated

2015–present: Dye My Hair[edit]

In 2015, she was featured on Sini Sabotage's single "Muuta ku mä".[2][3] In March 2016, Alma was signed to Universal Music, and in June she released her first single "Karma". The song peaked at number 5 on the Finnish Singles Chart.[4] She is also the featured vocalist on the Felix Jaehn song "Bonfire". The song was released as a single in July 2016.[5] In September 2016, Alma was confirmed to play at the 31st edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, NL.[6] On 28 October 2016, she released her debut EP Dye My Hair.

She released the single "Chasing Highs" in March 2017. The song peaked at number 10 on the Finnish Singles Chart. In June it was released in the UK, and became Alma's first UK top 20 hit.[7] She was featured on the Sub Focus' song "Don't You Feel It", released as a single in May 2017.[8] She was also the featured vocalist on Martin Solveig's song "All Stars" which was released as a single in June 2017.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In a March 2019 article in Gay Times, Alma confirmed she is lesbian and in a relationship.[10] Her partner is the Finnish poet and civil rights activist Natalia Kallio.[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
FIN
[12]
Have U Seen Her?
  • Released: 15 May 2020
  • Label: PME, Warner, Epic, RCA[13]
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
1

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
FIN
[14]
SWE
[15]
Dye My Hair
  • Released: 28 October 2016
  • Label: PME, Virgin
  • Format: Digital download
Heavy Rules Mixtape
  • Released: 2 March 2018
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: PME, Virgin
9 41
Heavy Rules Mixtape (Remixes)
  • Released: 29 June 2018
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: PME, Virgin
Heavy Rules Mixtape (Acoustic)
  • Released: 6 July 2018
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: PME, Virgin
Have U Seen Her? (Part 1)
  • Released: 1 November 2019[16]
  • Label: PME
  • Format: Digital download
Have U Seen Her? (Part 2)
  • Released: 13 March 2020
  • Label: PME
  • Format: Digital download
Have U Seen Her? (Acoustic)
  • Released: 25 June 2020
  • Label: PME
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

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
FIN
[14]
AUT
[17]
DEN
[18]
GER
[19]
NZ
Heat.

[20]
SWE
[21]
SWI
[22]
UK
[23]
"Karma" 2016 5 100 Dye My Hair
"Dye My Hair" 8 26 38 25
"Chasing Highs" 2017 10 22 17 43 18 Non-album singles
"Phases"
(with French Montana)
14 9 82 97 88
"Cowboy" 2018 9
"When I Die"[27] 2019 20
"Summer"
"Starlight"[28] Moominvalley
"Lonely Night"[29] Non-album single
"How It's Done"
(with Kash Doll, Kim Petras and Stefflon Don)
Charlie's Angels
"Bad News Baby"[30] Have U Seen Her?
"LA Money" 2020
"Stay All Night"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak positions Certifications Album
FIN
[14]
AUT
[17]
FRA
[31]
GER
[19]
NL
[32]
SWE
[21]
SWI
[22]
US
Dance

[33]
"Muuta ku mä"
(Sini Sabotage featuring Alma)
2015 Lue mun huulilta
"Bonfire"
(Felix Jaehn featuring Alma)
2016 14 9 120 3 100 62 39 43 I
"Don't You Feel It"[35]
(Sub Focus featuring Alma)
2017 Non-album singles
"All Stars"
(Martin Solveig featuring Alma)
24 11 33 94 40
"Out of My Head"[36]
(Charli XCX featuring Tove Lo and Alma)
Pop 2
"Bitches"
(Tove Lo featuring Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant and Alma)
2018 Blue Lips
"Black Car" (Acoustic)[37]
(Miriam Bryant featuring Alma)
Non-album single
"Bad as the Boys"
(Tove Lo featuring Alma)
2019 [a] Sunshine Kitty
"Home Sweet Home"[39]
(Sam Feldt featuring Alma and Digital Farm Animals)
2020 Home Sweet Home
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SWE
[40]
"Good Vibes"
(featuring Tove Styrke)
2018 91 Heavy Rules Mixtape

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Welcome To My Life"[41] 2013 None Idols 2013
"Sanctify"[42] 2018 Years & Years Sanctify - Remixes
"In Us I Believe"[43] Clean Bandit What Is Love?
"Uuden edessä" 2020 Toivon kärki Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Artist(s) Ref.
As main performer
2016 "Karma" Jens Alexander and Pyry Pelkonen [44]
"Dye My Hair" Youth Hymns [45]
2017 "Chasing Highs" Thomas Trail [46]
"Phases" Charli XCX featuring French Montana [47]
2018 "Cowboy" Miikka Lommi [48]
2019 "When I Die" Miikka Lommi [49]
"Lonely Night" Deni Cheng [50]
"Have U Seen Her?" CyberAnna [51]
"Bad News Baby" [52]
2020 "Stay All Night" (Quarantine Video) ALMA [53]
"LA Money" [54]
As featured performer
2015 "Muuta ku mä" Sini Sabotage featuring Alma [55]
2016 "Bonfire" Fridolin Schoepper Felix Jaehn featuring Alma [56]
2017 "All Stars" Thomas Lélu and Pierre Dixsaut Martin Solveig featuring Alma [57]
2018 "Bitches" Lucia Aniello Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant featuring Alma [58]
"Black Car (Acoustic)" Miriam Bryant featuring Alma [59]

Songwriting credits[edit]

  indicates un-credited lead vocal contribution.
  indicates single release

List of songs written or co-written by Alma for other artists
Song Artist(s) Other writer(s) Originating album Year Ref.
"Back to Me" Lindsay Lohan Chiara Hunter
Mark Ralph
2020
"Cashing Marrakech" Zhu Steven Zhu
Mitch Bell
Dante Jones
Stardustexhalemarrakechdreams 2017
"Cattitude"
(featuring RuPaul)"
Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus
Ilsey Juber
Andrew Wyatt
RuPaul Andre Charles
She Is Coming 2019
"Don't Call Me Angel" Ariana Grande
Miley Cyrus
Lana Del Rey
Ariana Grande
Miley Cyrus
Lana Del Rey
Savan Kotecha
Max Martin
Ilya Salmanzadeh
Charlie's Angels 2019
"Dimenticherai" Annalisa Jacopo Ettorre
Michele Canova
Bye Bye 2018
"Drunk on You" Zookeepers Joseph Walter
Pascal Reinhardt
N/A 2017 [60]
"Highride" Nicole Cross Johannes Walter-Müller
Pascal Reinhardt
Shapeshifter 2018 [61]
"La Money" N/A Andrew Wyatt
Nicholas Gale
Sarah Hudson
Miley Cyrus
Justin Tranter
N/A N/A [62]
"Mother's Daughter" Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus
Andrew Wyatt
She Is Coming 2019
"Scared of Love"
(featuring Ray BLK and Stefflon Don)
Rudimental Amir Izadkhah
Kesi Dryden
Piers Aggett
Leon "DJ Locksmith" Rolle
Cass Lowe
Stephanie Allen
Toast to Our Differences 2019
"Slide Away" Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus
Andrew Wyatt
Michael Wiliams II
She Is Here 2019
"Sunday Morning"
(featuring Josie Dunne)
Matoma Thomas Lagergren
Jason Dean
Joseph Kirkland
Jurek Reunamaki
One in a Million 2018

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Idols Herself; contestant Season 7
2018[63] Yökylässä Maria Veitola Herself Season 3, Episode 9

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Emma-gaala Vuoden tulokas (Best new artist) General Won [1]
2017 Export Emma of the Year Won
Song of the Year "Chasing Highs" Won
MTV Europe Music Award Best Finnish Act General Won
2018 EBBA Awards European Border Breakers Award Won
Sound of... Sound of 2018 Longlisted [2]
Rober Awards Music Poll Floorfiller of the Year "Out of My Head" (with Charli XCX & Tove Lo) Nominated [3]
WDM Radio Awards Best Dancefloor Track "All Stars" Nominated [4]
2019 Sweden GAFFA Awards Best International Artist General Nominated [5]
Emma-gaala Best Female Artist Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Bad as the Boys" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number nine on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koivu, Viivi. "Artistilupaus Alma erottuu tyylillään ja rohkeudellaan: "Aina kun olen ulkomailla, jengi on innoissaan"". Gloria. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Suomen Idolsista kansainväliselle uralle – poplupaus Alman hype on poikkeuksellinen". Ylex. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  3. ^ Mäntylä, Eveliina. "Karma-tähti Alma Miettinen löysi kadotetun itsevarmuuden: "Ei saa jäädä himaan paskojen asioiden kanssa"". Me naiset. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Idols-Alma solmi kansainvälisen levytyssopimuksen". MTV. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Alma yhteistyössä kansainvälisen huippu DJn kanssa – kuuntele uusi kappale". Kiss. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  6. ^ "First European Artists Confirmed for Eurosonic Noorderslag – Eurosonic Noorderslag". Eurosonic Noorderslag. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Chasing Highs by Alma". acharts. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  8. ^ Don't You Feel It (feat. Alma) – Single by Sub Focus on Apple Music
  9. ^ All Stars (feat. Alma) – Single by Martin Solveig on Apple Music
  10. ^ "ALMA is ready to be the queer female popstar she always wanted to see". Gay Times. March 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  11. ^ Määttänen, Juuso (5 February 2020). "Natalia Kallio kirjoitti feministisen runokirjan mutta häneltä kyseltiin vain parisuhteesta laulaja Alman kanssa" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Albumit 21/2020". IFPI Finland. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Alma - Have U Seen Her? - LP". Rough Trade. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  14. ^ a b c "Discography Alma". Finnish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 10 March 2018. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  16. ^ "Have U Seen her? (Part 1)". Spotify. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Discography Alma". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Discography Alma". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  19. ^ a b "Discography Alma". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Discography Alma". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  22. ^ a b "Discographie Alma". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  23. ^ "ALMA". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  24. ^ a b c d "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  25. ^ "IFPI DEN Certificeringer". ifpi.dk. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  26. ^ a b "BPI Awards - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Alma" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  27. ^ "When I Die - Single by Alma on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  28. ^ "ALMA - Starlight" (in Finnish). Musa24.fi. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  29. ^ "Lonely Night - Coming Soon 💚". 10 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019 – via Twitter.
  30. ^ "Bad News Baby – Single by Alma on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  31. ^ "Discographie Alma". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  32. ^ "Discografie Alma". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  33. ^ "Alma: Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  34. ^ "IFPI Austria - Verband der österreichischen Musikwirtschaft". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  35. ^ "Don't You Feel It (feat. Alma) - Single by Sub Focus". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  36. ^ Hudelson, Molly (11 December 2017). "Charli XCX shares new single "Out Of My Head" with Tove Lo and Alma". Substream Magazine. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  37. ^ "Black Car (feat. ALMA) [Acoustic] - Single by Miriam Bryant". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  38. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 32". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  39. ^ "Home Sweet Home (feat. ALMA & Digital Farm Animals) - Single by Sam Feldt". Apple Music. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  40. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  41. ^ "Idols 2013" (in Finnish). CDON. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  42. ^ "Sanctify (Remixes) by Years & Years". Amazon. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  43. ^ "What Is Love? (Deluxe) by Clean Bandit". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  44. ^ "Alma: Karma (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  45. ^ "Alma: Dye My Hair (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  46. ^ "Alma: Chasing Highs (2017)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  47. ^ "Alma & French Montana: Phases (Video 2017)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  48. ^ "ALMA – Cowboy (Video Premiere)". We Love Nordic. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  49. ^ Trendell, Andrew (1 February 2019). "ALMA unleashes video for 'When I Die' and announces debut album 'Have You Seen Her'". NME. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  50. ^ Damshenas, Sam (3 July 2019). "Alma's stunning video for Lonely Night showcases a same-sex relationship". Gay Times. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  51. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsCx-t4RDK0
  52. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dmbItlMJiw
  53. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxY8U978Ifw
  54. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUBeR9v85VU
  55. ^ "Sini Sabotage - Muuta ku mä (feat. Alma)". YouTube. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  56. ^ "Felix Jaehn Feat. Alma: Bonfire". IMDb. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  57. ^ "Martin Solveig ft. ALMA - All Stars (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  58. ^ Gottlieb, Steve (7 June 2018). "Tove Lo f/ Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant, ALMA "bitches" (Lucia Aniello, dir.)". Videostatic. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  59. ^ "Miriam Bryant - Black Car (Acoustic) ft. Alma". YouTube. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  60. ^ "Zookeepers - Drunk On You". Discogs. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  61. ^ "Nicole Cross- Highride". Discogs. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  62. ^ "La Money | Warner Chappell Music". Warner Chappell Music. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  63. ^ "Full Cast & Crew: Yökylässä Maria Veitola (2015– )". IMDb. Retrieved 24 July 2019.

External links[edit]