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Also known asArlissa
OriginUnited Kingdom
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2012–present
Associated actsFriction, Nas, Netsky, Wilkinson, Jonas Blue, BTS

Arlissa Ruppert,[1] known professionally as Arlissa, is a singer-songwriter of half American and half German descent. Arlissa was raised in London, UK. She has released three singles, collaborated with Nas and was listed on the BBC's Sound of 2013.


Her debut track "Hard to Love Somebody" gained attention from publisher Capitol Records and Roc Nation, who eventually passed it on to Nas, who had previously worked with Amy Winehouse.[2] 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.[3] Arlissa was named as one of the BBC’s one to watch for 2013, when she made the longlist for the Sound of 2013.[4]

Her first official single "Sticks & Stones" was released on 3 March 2013,[5] and was described as a 'stomping break-up anthem' and 'a fierce pop song'.[6][7] 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". 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 best selling novel by Angie Thomas. She performed the track at the film's International premier at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.



As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album

2012 "Hard to Love Somebody"
(with Nas)
165 Battles
2013 "Sticks & Stones" 48 89
2018 "Hearts Ain't Gonna Lie"
(with Jonas Blue)
8 Non-album single
"We Won't Move" 44 The Hate U Give
"—" 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
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"[11]
(Guè Pequeno featuring Arlissa)
Bravo ragazzo
2016 "Paradise"
(Schiller featuring Arlissa)
"Not in Love"
(Schiller featuring Arlissa)
"Stay Up with Me"
(Netsky featuring Arlissa)

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


  1. ^ "ACE Repertory". ASCAP. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "A big thank you to..." Facebook. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Sound of, 2013 - The Longlist". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  5. ^ Paul Lester. "New band of the day: Arlissa (No 1,376)". the Guardian.
  6. ^ Lamont, Tom (9 February 2013). "Arlissa: 'I tried to do quirky but ended up pouring my heart out'". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Earls, John (4 March 2013). "Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: Music Reviews :: Arlissa: Sticks And Stones - Single review". Daily Star. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  8. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  9. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  10. ^ Peaks on the Dance Club Songs chart:
  11. ^ "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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