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Birth nameArlissa Ruppert
Born (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992 (age 30)
Hanau, Hesse, Germany
OriginUnited Kingdom
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2012–present

Arlissa Ruppert (German pronunciation: [ˈʁʊpɛʁt]; born 21 September 1992),[3] known professionally as Arlissa, is a German-born British singer and songwriter. She has released three singles, collaborated with Nas and was listed on the BBC's Sound of 2013.

Life and career[edit]

Arlissa Ruppert was born in Germany, and raised in London, UK. Her mother, who served in the U.S Army in Germany, is American and her father is German.[2]

Her debut track "Hard to Love Somebody" got the attention of a publisher, who eventually passed it on to rapper Nas.[4] After hearing the track, Nas approached Arlissa to feature on it. "Hard to Love Somebody" was chosen as Scott Mills' record of the week on BBC Radio 1 in November 2012.[5] Arlissa was named as one of the BBC’s one to watch for 2013, when she made the longlist for the Sound of 2013.[6]

Her first official single "Sticks & Stones" was released on 3 March 2013,[7] and was described as a 'stomping break-up anthem'.[8] The song peaked at number 48 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2017, Nelly Furtado covered "Sticks and Stones" for her sixth studio album The Ride.

Arlissa co-wrote K-pop group BTS's "Spring Day". The single was a success, topping the Gaon Digital Chart, and has since surpassed 2,500,000+ downloads. The song also won 'Song of the Year' at the 2017 Melon Music Awards.

In January 2018, she collaborated with British DJ/producer Jonas Blue on an EDM version of her song "Hearts Ain't Gonna Lie".[2] She was picked in March 2018 as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month, and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, broadcast nationally in the United States on 21 March 2018 where Arlissa performed a live acoustic version of her single.

Arlissa co-wrote and performed the track "We Won't Move" for the 2018 film The Hate U Give, based upon The New York Times, a best-selling novel by Angie Thomas.[2] She performed the track at the film's international premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.

On 17 June 2022, Arlissa revealed the title of her debut album, The Open-Hearted, and released the lead single, "Take".


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
The Open-Hearted
  • Released: 2023
  • Label: BigBootyRecords

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
The Lovers
  • Released: 12 February 2021[9]
  • Label: BigBootyRecords
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, CD


As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album

2012 "Hard to Love Somebody"
(with Nas)
165 Battles
2013 "Sticks & Stones" 48 89
"Into the Light"
2018 "Hearts Ain't Gonna Lie"
(with Jonas Blue)
8 Est. 1989
"We Won't Move" 44 The Hate U Give
2019 "Running"[14][15] 12 Non-album singles
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
2020 "Healing"
"The House We Live In"
"Little Girl" The Lovers EP
"Old Love"
2021 "Rules"
"House of Cards"
"The Devil You Know"
2022 "Pieces"
(featuring DUCKWRTH)
The Open-Hearted
"Don't Txt Your Ex!"
"Walking on the Moon"
2023 "Games"
"Hard to Be"
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Album
2013 "Heartbeat"
(Wilkinson featuring P Money and Arlissa)
Lazers Not Included
"Long Gone Memory"
(Friction featuring Arlissa)
Non-album single
2015 "Something About You"
(TC4 featuring Arlissa)
Something About You EP
2016 "Touch"
(Tough Love featuring Arlissa)
Past Present Future

Other appearances[edit]

Year Contribution Album
2013 "You & I"
(Crystal Fighters featuring Arlissa)
Cave Rave
"Tornare indietro"[16]
(Guè Pequeno featuring Arlissa)
Bravo ragazzo
2016 "Paradise"
(Schiller featuring Arlissa)
"Not in Love"
(Schiller featuring Arlissa)
"Stay Up with Me"
(Netsky featuring Arlissa)
2019 "Eyes Off You"
(M-22, Arlissa and Kiana Ledé)
Charlie's Angels
2022 "Melody"
(DLMT, TELYKast and Arlissa)
Non-album single

Writer/co-writer for other artists[edit]

Year Contribution Album
2017 "Spring Day"
You Never Walk Alone
"First Time"
M-22 featuring Medina
Non-album single
2019 "Flickers"
One of Those Happy People
R3hab, Zayn and Jungleboi
Non-album single


  1. ^ Arlissa interview: I'm not going to let success slip by me, 12 April 2018, retrieved 4 July 2019
  2. ^ a b c d "Arlissa's Breakthrough Was 10 Years in the Making". Harper's Bazaar. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  3. ^ "ACE Repertory". ASCAP. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Arlissa vs Nas - Hard to Love Somebody | General | News". 4Music. 11 August 2012. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  5. ^ "A big thank you to..." Facebook. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Sound of, 2013 - The Longlist". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  7. ^ Paul Lester (19 October 2012). "New band of the day: Arlissa (No 1,376)". the Guardian.
  8. ^ Lamont, Tom (9 February 2013). "Arlissa: 'I tried to do quirky but ended up pouring my heart out'". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Michaels, Steven (7 January 2021). "Arlissa Drops New Single 'Rules', Readies Debut EP The Lovers". Music Group. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  10. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  11. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  12. ^ Peaks on the Dance Club Songs chart:
  13. ^ "British certifications – Arlissa". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 March 2023. Type Arlissa in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ "Watch Arlissa Rescue Lauren Jauregui in 'Running' Video". 16 August 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  15. ^ Arlissa - Running, Arlissa, retrieved 18 August 2019 – via YouTube
  16. ^ "Guè Pequeno, il 4 giugno esce il nuovo album 'Bravo ragazzo': la tracklist" (in Italian). 14 May 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.

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