August Alsina

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August Alsina
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Alsina performing in May 2015
Background information
Birth name August Anthony Alsina, Jr.
Born (1992-{{padleft:09|2|0}-03) September 3, 1992 (age 25)<ref name="bd">September 3, 2013 Tweet from August Alsina, twitter.com, Retrieved 25 September 2013 (tweet confirms birthdate" "21 today... & my 1st time in Vegas! ...Know dat I'm wasted ...")</ref>
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Def Jam
Website augustalsina.com

August Anthony Alsina, Jr.<ref name="name1">(8 April 2013). R&B Singer August Alsina Talks Working With The Dream, Preps Def Jam Debut Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Life + Times (confirms middle name; other sources confirm he is a "junior")</ref> (born September 3, 1992) is an American recording artist from New Orleans signed to Def Jam Recordings.<ref name="ref1">Feeney, Michael (20 September 2013). August Alsina has fans going wild in NYC as he gets ready to release remix with Chris Brown and Trey Songz, Daily News (New York)</ref><ref name="mtv1">(24 July 2013). MTV Jams' Fab 5 List: Spotlight On August Alsina, mtv.com</ref> He is best known for his single "I Luv This Shit" with Trinidad James. His debut studio album Testimony was released on April 15, 2014.

Early life

Alsina was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.<ref name="islanddefjam.com">"Bio | August Alsina | Artists | Def Jam". Island Def Jam. Retrieved 2014-02-02. </ref> He attended middle school in New Orleans.<ref name="complex1">"Moving To Houston — Who Is August Alsina?". Complex. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2014-02-02. </ref> Although no one in his family was musically inclined, he was inspired to sing by Lauryn Hill in Sister Act 2. Alsina first uploaded videos to YouTube in 2007 at age 14, starting with a cover of "Hypothetically" by Lyfe Jennings.<ref name="hypo1">(28 March 2012). New Orleans' August Alsina: R&B's Next Best Man , AllHipHop</ref>

With both his father and stepfather battling crack cocaine addiction, Alsina's mother moved him to Houston, Texas in search of a fresh start after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Then, Alsina's father died.<ref name="islanddefjam.com"/><ref name="complex1"/> Alsina had disagreements with his mother at some point and was "kicked out." After his older brother, Melvin La'Branch III, was shot and killed on August 31, 2010, he became more committed to his music, and relocated to Atlanta in 2011.<ref name="youtube1">(11 May 2012). August Alsina - Music Saved My Life, Global Grind</ref><ref name="respect1">(10 April 2013). Interview: R&B Singer August Alsina Talks The-Dream, His Def Jam Deal & New Orleans Upbringing, Respect. (magazine)</ref><ref name="habit1">(11 June 2013). Started From The Bottom, Now He's Here: August Alsina, theboxhouston.com (KBXX)</ref>

Musical career

2012–14: Downtown: Life Under The Gun and Testimony

His first mixtape The Product was released in April 2012,<ref name="1stmix">(20 August 2013). Who Is August Alsina - The Product Mixtape and Signing to Def Jam, Complex (magazine)</ref><ref name="rel1-2">(15 April 2012). New Music: August Alsina – The Product (Mixtape) (World Premiere), thisisrnb.com</ref> though an "Untitled" mixtape with six acoustic covers premiered in October 2011.<ref name="firstifrst">(11 October 2011). NEW MUSIC/EMERGING ARTIST: AUGUST ALSINA – UNTITLED ACOUSTIC MIXTAPE, thisisrnb.com</ref> His single "I Luv This Shit" featuring Trinidad James was released in January 2013, and<ref name="vid1">(20 February 2013). New Video: August Alsina (feat. Trinidad James) - "I Luv This Shit", Vibe</ref><ref name="vib2">(26 April 2013). Introducing August Alsina, an R&B Crooner Unafraid of Making a Masterpiece, Vibe</ref> his mixtape The Product 2 followed in May 2013.<ref name="product1">Stovall, Calvin (7 May 2013). Mixtape Review: August Alsina, The Product 2, Black Entertainment Television</ref><ref name="stereo1">(15 May 2013). Mixtape Of The Week: August Alsina The Product 2, Stereogum</ref>

The EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun was released on August 20, 2013, with a video for "Hell on Earth" released the following month.<ref name="ep1">(16 September 2013). Watch August Alsina's "Hell On Earth", The Source (magazine)</ref> On December 9, 2013, the third single from his EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun, "Ghetto" featuring Rich Homie Quan, was serviced to urban contemporary radio<ref>"freq-flip-dec-2013". Frequencynews.com. Retrieved 2015-12-12. </ref> and it was the most added song on urban radio the week ending December 12, 2013.<ref>"BDSRadio Charts". Charts.bdsradio.com. Archived from the original on October 28, 2013. Retrieved 2015-12-12. </ref> On January 14, 2014, Alsina released "Make It Home" featuring Jeezy, as the lead single from his debut studio album. Along with the release, it was revealed that the album would be titled Testimony, which was released on April 15, 2014.<ref>"New Music: August Alsina f/ Jeezy – 'Make It Home'". Rap-Up.com. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-02-02. </ref> He was named part of the 2014 XXL freshmen class.<ref>Sia, Niccole. "XXL Freshmen 2014 Cover Revealed". XXL Magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2014. </ref>

2015–present: This Thing Called Life

On December 11, 2015, Alsina released his second studio album, This Thing Called Life.<ref>"This Thing Called Life by August Alsina". iTunes. Retrieved April 10, 2016. </ref> It debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 41,000 copies in the United States.<ref>Hernandez, Victoria (December 21, 2015). "Hip Hop Album Sales: August Alsina, R. Kelly & Rick Ross". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 10, 2016. </ref> The album was supported by five singles; "Hip Hop", "Why I Do It" (featuring Lil Wayne), "Song Cry", "Been Around the World" (featuring Chris Brown) and "Dreamer".

Artistry

Alsina's music generally falls into the Alternative R&B category that predominantly involves fusions with Hip-hop. His musical influences are Usher and Lyfe Jennings.<ref>"Artist Influences for August Alsina". MTV. Retrieved June 24, 2016. </ref>

Discography

Awards and nominations

BET Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014<ref>Yahr, Emily (June 30, 2014). "BET Awards: List of winners and highlights, including Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, Lil Wayne". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2014. </ref> August Alsina Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Nominated
Best New Artist Won
"I Luv This Shit" Best Collaboration Nominated
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award Won
2015 August Alsina Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Nominated
No Love (Remix) Best Collaboration Nominated

Tours

Headlining

Opening Act

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