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Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), professionally known as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She is signed to EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings and is best known for "Here", her debut single from the debut studio album, Know-It-All, released November 13, 2015. A sleeper hit, the song reached the top 5 in the United States and the top 20 in Canada. Prior to her work for Def Jam, she produced acoustic covers on YouTube. She is featured in the remixed version of Troye Sivan's song WILD.

Early lifeEdit

Caracciolo is from Brampton, Ontario, Canada where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. She is of Italian descent from Calabria; her father was born in Canada, to Italian parents, and her mother is an Italian immigrant. As a child, she wrote poetry, and did theatre. She began playing guitar at the age of 10 and taught herself how to play various songs. At the age of 13 she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed.

CareerEdit

Cara's singing and writing style has been compared to singers such as Lorde, Rihanna, and Norah Jones. She also appeared on various radio stations; including 15 Seconds of Fame on Mix 104.1 Boston. In 2015, at the age of 18, she signed a deal with EP Entertainment imprint, along the distribution of Def Jam Recordings.

In April 2015, Cara released her official debut single, through Def Jam. Titled "Here", it was described as a "song for everyone who secretly hates parties" by MTV. Produced by Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole, the song is her personal experience with going to a party before realizing how much she hated parties.mOn May 5, 2015, the song was chosen as the "can't-miss" track by Spin, as well as being listed as a "must hear song" by Cosmopolitan. The song was also named one of the best Canadian songs of April by Complex, and included on Billboard's "20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist" in June 2015. Rolling Stone later ranked "Here" at number 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015.

On July 29, 2015, Cara made her first-televised debut performing her single, "Here" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "Here" then received a nomination for the "Original Song" at the Streamy Award. She released the EP Four Pink Walls, containing five songs; including her debut single, "Here". Her debut album Know-It-All was released on November 13, 2015. She was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of... award for 2016 and finished as the runner-up.

Cara was awarded as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards. On March 7, 2016, the official video for "Wild Things" was released. In April 2016, Cara was announced to be one of the supporting acts of British alternative rock band Coldplay in the European and North American legs of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour. On June 23, 2016, Cara was featured in a re-released version of the song "Wild" by Troye Sivan. She played Glastonbury Festival on 24th June in the Acoustic tent.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Canadian Albums Chart
[1]
ARIA Charts (AUS)
[2]
Tracklisten (DEN)
[3]
Irish Album Chart
[4]
MegaCharts (NL)
[5]
Official New Zealand Music Chart
[6]
Sverigetopplistan (SWE)
[7]
UK Singles Chart
[8]* "Wild Things": [9]
Billboard 200 (US)
[10]
Know-It-All
  • Released: November 13, 2015
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8 16 31 52 34 26 30 14 9
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
Canadian Albums Chart
[1]
Official New Zealand Music Chart
[6]
Billboard 200 (US)
[10]
Four Pink Walls
  • Released: August 28, 2015
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Formats: Digital download
11 21 31
  • US: 12,000
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Canadian Hot 100
[12]
ARIA Charts (AUS)
[2]
Tracklisten (DEN)
[3]
Irish Singles Chart
[4]
MegaCharts (NL)
[5]
Official New Zealand Music Chart
[6]
Sverigetopplistan (SWE)
[13]
UK Singles Chart
[8]
Billboard Hot 100 (US)
[14]
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
[15]
"Here" 2015 19 12 58 71 25 15 62 28 5 1
  • Music Canada: Platinum[16]
  • Australian Recording Industry Association: Gold[17]
  • British Phonographic Industry: Silver[18]
  • IFPI Denmark: Gold[19]
  • IFPI SWE: Gold[20]
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[11]
  • Recorded Music NZ: Platinum
Know-It-All
"Wild Things" 2016 14 25 66 58 12 61 63 50
  • ARIA: Gold[21]
  • IFPI SWE: Gold[22]
  • RIAA: Gold[11]
  • RMNZ: Platinum
"Scars to Your Beautiful"[23]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
ARIA Charts (AUS)
[2]
US Bub.
"Wild"
(Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara)[24]
2016 26 6 Non-album single


Concert toursEdit

  • Know-It-All Tour (2016)
  • A Head Full of Dreams Tour (2016) [Opening for Coldplay]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref.
2015 Streamy Awards Original Song Here Won [25]
2016 BBC Sound of Sound of 2016 N/A Second [26]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite New Artist Alessia Cara Nominated
Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won [27]
Fan Choice Award Nominated
Single of the Year Here Nominated
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Four Pink Walls Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Cover Song "Bad Blood" – Covering Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist Of The Year Alessia Cara Nominated [28]
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Songs "Here" Won [29]
Much Music Video Awards Video of the Year Nominated [30]
Best Pop Video Nominated
Most Buzzworthy Canadian Nominated
Best New Canadian Artist Won
iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year Nominated
Fan Fave Video Nominated
Fan Fave Artist or Group Alessia Cara Nominated
BET Awards Best New Artist Nominated [31]
SOCAN Awards Breakout Artist Won [32]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Pop Video "Wild Things" Pending [33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Alessia Cara - Chart history (Canada) at Billboard
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Discography Alessia Cara" at ARIA Charts
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Discography Alessia Cara" at Tracklisten
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Discography Alessia Cara" at [https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Albums_Chart Irish Albums Chart
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Discografie Alessia Cara" at MegaCharts
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "charts.org.nz - Discography Alessia Cara"
  7. [1]
  8. 8.0 8.1 Peaks in the UK:
  9. "CHART: CLUK Update 19.03.2016 (wk11)" at UK Singles Chart
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Alessia Cara - Chart history" at Billboard
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "RIAA – Alessia Cara" at Recording Industry Association of America
  12. "Alessia Cara - Chart history - Billboard Canadian Hot 100" at Billboard
  13. "Discography Alessia Cara"
  14. "Alessia Cara - Chart history - Billboard Hot 100" at Billboard
  15. "Alessia Cara - Chart history - Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" at Billboard
  16. "Gold/Platinum" at Music Canada
  17. "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2016 Singles" at Australian Recording Industry Association
  18. "Certified Awards Search" at British Phonographic Industry
  19. "Alessia Cara "Here"" at IFPI Denmark
  20. "Alessia Cara - Here" at Swedish Recording Industry Association/Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening
  21. "ARIA Singles: Drake 'One Dance' Is the No 1 Song" at Australian Recording Industry Association
  22. "Alessia Cara - Wild Things" at [https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Recording_Industry_Association Swedish Recording Industry Association/Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening
  23. "Alessia Cara Premieres Her Powerful New Video for "Scars to Your Beautiful"" at Cosmopolitan
  24. "WILD (feat. Alessia Cara) - Single by Troye Sivan" at Apple
  25. "5th Annual Winners & Nominees" at Streamy Awards
  26. "ALESSIA CARA on Instagram: “thank u @bbcmusic for the 2nd spot on sound of 2016. this is so coooool 👽”" at Instagram
  27. "The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Drake e Shawn Mendes são indicados ao Juno Awards 2016" at Portal POPline
  28. "2016 Radio Disney Music Awards
  29. "2016 ASCAP Pop Music Awards
  30. [2]
  31. [3]
  32. [4]
  33. [5]

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