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Background information
Birth nameAlejandro Salazar
Also known asAlejandro Chal
BornMay, 1989
  • Singer-songwriter
  • producer
Years active2011
LabelsGazi World, Epic
WebsiteOfficial website

Alejandro Chal (better known by his stage name A.CHAL)[2][3] is a Peruvian singer-songwriter and producer.[4][5] He released his first EP, Ballroom Riots, in 2013.[5][6] His debut studio album, Welcome to GAZI, was self-released in June 2016.[5][7] His single, "Round Whippin'", was premiered by Zane Lowe in 2015.[6][7] He has performed at the Day N Nite Fest.[2][3][5] Pigeons & Planes named him one of the best new artists in 2015.[8]

Early life[edit]

A.CHAL was born in Peru and lived there for 4 years before his family moved to Queens, New York. His mother was from rural northern Peru while his father grew up closer to large Peruvian cities.[4] He began rapping at age 12 and later started making beats and writing songs with a friend at the Museum of Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2010, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a songwriter and producer.[2]


A.CHAL released his debut EP, Ballroom Riots, in 2013. The album found some success, which he parlayed into a publishing deal with Sony ATV.[2][4] He then spent two years out of the public spotlight before beginning to release a variety of singles in 2015.[2][6] One of those singles, "Round Whippin'", was debuted online on The Fader and then followed up with a world premiere on Zane Lowe's Beats1 channel and supported on OVO Sound Radio.[6][7][9] As a result of this publicity, A.CHAL was named one of Pigeons & Planes best new artists of 2015.[8] He also performed at the Interview Magazine event during Coachella that year.[2][3]

In February 2015, he released the single "GAZI", which he co-produced with Count Justice.[2] In September 2015, A.CHAL released another a single, "Vibe W/U", which was first publicized by A$AP Rocky on Twitter.[6][7][9] In 2016, A.CHAL performed at the Day N Nite Fest.[5] He also released a few more singles before self-releasing his debut studio album, Welcome to GAZI, in June 2016.[4][7] He has since premiered the official music video for "Round Whippin'" with Complex.com[10] and been featured on tracks by Ro James,[11] Stwo,[12] and Tess.[13]

In March 2018, A.CHAL signed with Epic Records.[14]

Musical style[edit]

A.CHAL's music generally fits into the hip hop and R&B genres. USA Today has described his music as falling somewhere "in the negative space between Hip-Hop, R&B, chillwave, and pop music."[9] A.CHAL himself has described his music's genre as soul.[4] His sound has also been characterized as "sedated", "hazy", and "almost-psychedelic".[2][8][15] Remezcla has called his voice "sultry, sparse, and desperate".[2]

Lyrically, he largely discusses anecdotal experiences. Writing about his 2016 album Welcome to GAZI, Jules Muir of Pigeons & Planes noted that A.CHAL attempts to cut "to the core of many of society's ills and triumphs by tapping into a deep well of personal experiences and anecdotes."[6]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums
Title Details
Welcome to Gazi
On Gaz
  • Release: June 2, 2017
  • Label: GAZI World/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming


  • Ballroom Riots (2013)
  • Exotigaz (2018)


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album




"Round Whippin'" 2016 Welcome to Gazi
"To the Light" 2017 On Gaz
"Love N Hennessy"
(solo or featuring 2 Chainz and Nicky Jam)
50 24 20
(featuring A$AP Nast)
"000000" 2019 40 28 Exotigaz
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"No Promises"
(Youth Is Dead featuring A.Chal)
2014 Non-album single
"Out at Night"
(Stwo featuring A.Chal)
2016 D.T.S.N.T.
(Tess featuring A.Chal)
(Soso and Hansaa featuring A.Chal)
2017 Non-album single
"No Te Pegas"
(C.Tangana featuring A.Chal)
2018 TBA
"100 Grados"
(Lali featuring A.Chal)
19 53 38 8 Brava
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Suarez, Gary (December 28, 2018). "As Latin Trap Thrives, A. CHAL Is The One To Watch In 2019".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Montano, Zoe (10 July 2015). "Meet A.Chal, the Sultry R&B Singer You Won't Be Able to Get Out of Your Head". Remezcla. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Williams, Megan (3 June 2015). "Meet A.CHAL: LA's Rising Star". Idol Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Krastz, Roger (28 September 2016). "A.Chal Has His Sights Set on World Domination". XXL. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e Seabrook III, Robby (13 September 2016). "Welcome to A.CHAL's Changing World". Noisey. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Muir, Jules (17 August 2016). "A.CHAL on the Afterlife, Equality, and Reaching GAZI Level". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e "A.CHAL Drops Regretful but Cathartic "Far From Home"". Noisey. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Best New Artists of 2015". Pigeons & Planes. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Peters, Micah; Scott, Nate (16 October 2015). "The 10 best songs of the week". USA Today. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  10. ^ Mench, Chris (10 August 2016). "Premiere: A.CHAL Shares the Dreamy Video for "Round Whippin'"". Complex. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  11. ^ Kellman, Andy (2016). "Eldorado - Ro James - AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  12. ^ Wilson, Zanda (21 June 2016). "Hear A.CHAL Vibin On Stwo's New Cut 'Out At Night'". The Interns. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Tess – Endlessly (Ft. A. CHAL)". Fashionably Early. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  14. ^ Estavez, Marjua (5 March 2018). "A.CHAL Signs Deal With Epic Records". Vibe Magazine. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  15. ^ Montes, Patrick (23 June 2015). "A.Chal - Round Whippin". HypeBeast. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  16. ^ "A.CHAL Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  17. ^ "A.CHAL Chart History: Latin Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "A.CHAL Chart History: Rap Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "A.CHAL Chart History: Rhhythmic Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "Top 20 Argentina – Del 21 al 27 de Mayo, 2018" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Ecuador – Semana 26 del 2018 – Del 22/06/2018 al 28/06/2018". National-Report. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  22. ^ "Mexico Airplay : Jun 09, 2018". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "Top 20 Uruguay – Del 25 de Junio al 1 de Julio, 2018" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Retrieved 13 July 2018.

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