Scars to Your Beautiful

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"Scars to Your Beautiful"
Scars To Your Beautiful (Official Single Cover) by Alessia Cara.png
Single by Alessia Cara
from the album Know-It-All
Released July 26, 2016 (2016-07-26)
Format
Recorded 2015
Genre Synth-pop
Length 3:50
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Alessia Cara singles chronology
"Wild"
(2016)
"Scars to Your Beautiful"
(2016)
"How Far I'll Go"
(2016)

"Wild"
(2016)
"Scars to Your Beautiful"
(2016)
"How Far I'll Go"
(2016)
Music video
"Scars to Your Beautiful" on YouTube

"Scars to Your Beautiful" is a song by songwriter Alessia Cara for her debut studio album, Know-It-All (2015). It was released to Top 40 radio on July 26, 2016, as the third single from the album. It peaked at number eight and thus became Alessia Cara's second top-ten single on US Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song was written by Cara, Warren "Oak" Felder, Coleridge Tillman, and Andrew "Pop" Wansel, with the production being handled by Felder, Tillman, and Wansel.[2]

Background[edit]

In an interview with Idolator's Mike Wass, Cara stated about the song,

"Basically, that song is about body image. It's directed at women, but I think men can relate to it as well. It's just a song about these things that certain women go through on a daily basis in order to feel loved or in order to love themselves. I think that's such a thing that goes on in today's world. These weird things are instilled in us. You know? That tell us that we’re not good enough or that there's only one kind of beauty. This song basically is contradicting that idea. It's saying, 'Well, if the world doesn't like how you look then they should change. They should change their perspective. You don’t have to change yourself.' I mean, I thought that that was important, you know, just to put out next. Especially because I think that's kind of the direction we're going in, you know, with 'Here'. 'Here' was about not belonging anywhere and 'Wild Things' was about finding a space you belong. Now 'Scars To Your Beautiful' is basically about embracing yourself and finally coming to that conclusion where you feel love and you can love yourself. I think it's cool to put out third because I feel like I have a bigger platform now. The point of the song is to reach as many women, or people, as possible."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The Guardian's Kitty Empire said that "There's substance on [Scars to Your Beautiful], where Cara tackles the beauty myth à la Beyoncé. The verses pack some good stuff – 'What's a little bit of hunger? I can go a little bit longer.'" and later went on to say "the thumping motivational chorus merely suggests we are all stars."[4] Katy Iandoli of Idolator stated "[Scars to Your Beautiful] is a modern-day version of TLC's 'Unpretty', in its acknowledgment of the beauty in both visible and invisible imperfections."[5]

Billboard ranked "Scars to Your Beautiful" at number 77 on their Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks" list, commenting “Body-positivity anthems typically don't get this dark, but on "Scars To Your Beautiful," Alessia Cara isn't afraid to talk cutting, tears and eating disorders, before getting to the uplifting chorus, where she delivers some of the most empowering, horizon-expanding lyrics of this year: ‘You don't have to change a thing / The world could change its heart.’”[6]

Music video[edit]

On July 11, 2016, a music video directed by Aaron A was released. It features a cameo by singer JoJo.[7]

Background[edit]

On the concept of the music video, Cara said in an interview with Cosmopolitan: "I wanted to do this kind of video for a very long time. Since we had this song — and since we knew it was going to be a single — I had this vision of many different cinematic shots of different kinds of people. I wanted all kinds of people — young, old, whatever their situation, whether it's visible scars, non-visible scars — just a bunch of different women, and there are some men in there as well because it can reach out to guys too. But I wanted real shots of real people telling their stories, and showing the story through little vignettes."[8]

Usage in media[edit]

The song is featured in the television shows The Bold Type and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD Single
  1. "Scars to Your Beautiful" – 3:50
  2. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (NOTD Remix) – 3:19
  • Digital download – Remixes[9]
  1. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (Luca Schreiner Remix) – 4:22
  2. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (NOTD Remix) – 3:19
  3. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (Cages Remix) – 4:28
  4. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (Joe Mason Remix) – 3:51
  5. "Scars to Your Beautiful" (recycle jordan Remix) – 3:32

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[50] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[51] Gold 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[52] Platinum 10,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[53] Gold 45,000^
Germany (BVMI)[54] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[55] 2× Platinum 100,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[56] Gold 15,000*
Sweden (GLF)[57] 3× Platinum 120,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[58] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[59] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States July 26, 2016 Digital download [60]
Top 40 radio Def Jam [1]
United Kingdom November 8, 2016 [61]

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