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August Alsina

August Alsina

American singer, rapper and songwriter from Louisiana
August Alsina
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Intro American singer, rapper and songwriter from Louisiana
A.K.A. Married To The Nation
Is Singer Songwriter Rapper
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 3 September 1992, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Age: 27 years
Star sign VirgoVirgo
Awards
BET Award for Best New Artist 2014
BET Award for Viewer's Choice 2014
Genre:
Hip hop music
Hip hop soul
Contemporary r&b
Soul music
Instruments:
Voice
Audio
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Biography

August Anthony Alsina Jr. (born September 3, 1992) is an American singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana, formerly signed to Def Jam Recordings. 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. He attended middle school in New Orleans. 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.

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. 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.

Health Condition

In 2017, the singer revealed that he suffers from a severe autoimmune disease that attacks his liver. This illness has led to multiple incidents including a collapse on stage in 2014.

on Jul 8, 2019 at 12:59pm, August Alsina updated fans on his recent health scare. In a video he posted to Instagram, the singer explained that he’s currently hospitalized after suffering a loss of mobility. “We’re doing a bunch of tests and they’re saying I have some nerve damage going on throughout my body,”

Musical career

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

His first mixtape The Product was released in April 2012, though an "Untitled" mixtape with six acoustic covers premiered in October 2011. His single "I Luv This Shit" featuring Trinidad James was released in January 2013, and his mixtape The Product 2 followed in May 2013.

The EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun was released on August 20, 2013, with a video for "Hell on Earth" released the following month. 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 and it was the most added song on urban radio the week ending December 12, 2013. 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. He was named part of the 2014 XXL freshmen class.

2015–present: This Thing Called Life

On December 11, 2015, Alsina released his second studio album, This Thing Called Life. It debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 41,000 copies in the United States. 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".

2017–present: The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy

It has been revealed that Alsina is currently working on his third studio album. On January 6, 2017, Alsina released the singles Drugs then on June 1, 2017, Lonely & then on June 6, 2017, Don't Matter was released for the album.

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.

Discography

  • Testimony (2014)
  • This Thing Called Life (2015)
  • The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy (2020)

Awards and nominations

BET Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 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

  • Testimony Live (2014)

Opening act

  • The UR Experience Tour (2014) (with Usher)
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https://twitter.com/AugustAlsina/status/374965579561857024
https://respect-mag.com/2013/04/exclusive-interview-august-alsina-puts-the-real-in-rb/
http://lifesandtimes.com/rb-singer-august-alsina-talks-working-with-the-dream-preps-def-jam-debut/
https://web.archive.org/web/20130927165121/http://lifesandtimes.com/rb-singer-august-alsina-talks-working-with-the-dream-preps-def-jam-debut/
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/august-alsina-release-remix-chris-brown-trey-songz-article-1.1462939
http://rapfix.mtv.com/2013/07/24/mtv-jams-fab-5-list-spotlight-on-august-alsina/
http://www.islanddefjam.com/artist/bio.aspx?artistID=7480
http://www.complex.com/music/2013/08/who-is-august-alsina/moving-to-houston
http://allhiphop.com/2012/03/28/new-orleans-august-alsina-rbs-next-best-man-audio/
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