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Exclusive: August Alsina Brings “Don’t Matter Tour” with Tone Stith & Rotimi to New York City

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On Sunday night (Aug. 13), August Alsina triumphantly returned to the very stage in New York City where he frightening collapsed on his “Testimony Live Tour” in 2014.

Returning to Irving Plaza for the NYC stop on his comeback “Don’t Matter Tour,” the R&B star was fully embraced and supported by a packed house of dedicated fans. Only months after publicly revealing his health problems in an emotional interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith, the 24-year-old appeared to be in his prime, at the top of his game.

However, before he hit the stage the crowd was treated to a double dose of hot new R&B talent from the likes of singer/actor Rotimi, and buzzing young singer/songwriter Tone Stith. Both New Jersey natives, Rotimi kicked off the night with a commanding and sexy performance of his new music. He even surprised the audience by bringing out Dancehall star Kranium for their new single “Want More.”  With the crowd fully hyped, Tone Stith took to the stage like a seasoned all-star, backed by a troupe of dancers and musicians. In a perfectly executed 30-minute set he showcased his multiple talents, starting with his fancy footwork, outstanding voice and musicianship on the guitar. Tone Stith surely cultivated a nice new following with his raw talents this night.

As the anticipation grew for August with chants from the audience, the R&B star finally appeared on stage in a hooded robe and scarf, supported by 2 female dancers, his DJ and band members. Alsina immediately turned up the energy with some throwback tracks including “I Don’t Get Tired” and the Roscoe Dash-featured “Work,” off his classic mixtape, The Product 2. Throughout his hour-long performance, the singer delivered song after song from his early material (“Get Ya Money,” “Downtown”), to his debut album (“Numb,” “Make It Home,” “Porn Star”), sophomore album (“Hip Hop,” “Song Cry”), and current single “Don’t Matter.”

In the evening’s most somber moment, August paid tribute to his older brother who passed away due to violence. He also took the crowd to church with a special rendition of “Hallelujah.” As every female in the building screamed their love for him, Alsina closed out his set with the fan-favorite, “Kissin On My Tattoos,” followed by a riveting twerk-a-thon from his dancers.

August Alsina is readying the release of his third studio album, Drugs, which is coming soon on Def Jam Records. Tone Stith recently released his buzz-worthy debut independent album, Can We Talk, across all digital music platforms. Rotimi also released his brand new EP, ‘Jeep Music, Vol. 1,’ and can be see Sunday night’s on Starz hit series, POWER.

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August Alsina & His Mother Reunite On Stage

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August Alsina‘s relationship with his mother has been turbulent over the years. It’s a topic that he often touched on through his music, but one that was still an on-going situation.

We haven’t heard the R&B star talk about it lately, but on Saturday night, fans that were attending Alsina’s “Don’t Matter Tour” show in Houston, TX witnessed a very special moment between the two.

During his set at the House of Blues, August and his mother (Sheila Blair) shared their heartfelt, emotional reunion with the audience. While performing his song “Make It Home,” August attempted to fight back uncontrollable tears as he embraced his mother over cheers from the crowd.

Knelling down in front of her, they hugged while he sang lyrics from the Testimony song.

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Watch: August Alsina Performs “Don’t Matter” During BET Awards Pre-Show

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August Alsina surprised many fans with his appearance at the 2017 BET Awards on Sunday (June 25). Only the day prior, he posted a photo on Instagram which showed him in the hospital or at a specialists office getting treatment for his liver disorder. The disease, which he just recently revealed to his followers last month, sent shock waves through his fan groups and much of the industry.

However, the New Orleans native seemed to be in much better spirits, and he wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to bring his new music to the BET audience with a special performance during the “Live! Red! Ready! Pre-Show.”

Wearing his hair in two large braids and rocking a colorful Versace shirt, the R&B heartthrob hit the outdoor stage accompanied by a group of dancers and an acoustic guitar player. Alsina delivered his first live performance of new single “Don’t Matter,” off his forthcoming third studio album, Drugs.

Following his performance he shared a message with his followers about his choice to perform. “Many Days I feel like shit, Today’s one of them but today I made a choice to P U S H thru,” wrote Alsina. “I’m praying until something happens, & I’m dilIgently WORKING through it all.
I’ve got faith and I’ve got faith that my faith is working.”

Check out August’s performance below.

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New Music: August Alsina – Don’t Matter

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A day after revealing to the world that he is suffering from liver disease, August Alsina returns with his brand new single, “Don’t Matter.”

The acoustic guitar led track carries a carefree, brighter vibe than the three previous tracks he released earlier this year. Coming in under three minutes, Alsina sings out to a love interest who has him addicted like drugs, which fittingly is the title of his forthcoming third studio album.

“I be knocking down the walls every time you make that call / You be changing all your plans / Plus you calling me your man,” he sings. “You got something I can feel baby / Yea, it’s been so long, I’ve been having withdraws.”

While the R&B singer is expected to release his new album this year, August recently sat down for a personal interview with his friend, Jada Pinkett-Smith. During their conversation he surprised fans by revealing that he suffers from a serious liver illness. “I have a liver disease, where my auto-immune system is fighting against itself,” he said. “The reality is that I’m sick all the time. I don’t really like to talk about because I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy.”

The full interview hasn’t been released yet, nor has a date been announced for his new album, but the singer is expected to hit the road on his “Don’t Matter Tour,” kicking off July 27 in San Antonio, TX.

Take a listen to “Don’t Matter” below.

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First Look: August Alsina Opens Up About Liver Disease in Emotional Interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith

August Alsina Jada Pinkett Smith Interview

August Alsina is opening up like never before.

While he returned with new music this year, and is prepping for the release of his third studio album, August Alsina has shared the first look at an emotional interview that he did with his friend, Jada Pinkett-Smith. The R&B singer formed a bound with the Smith’s a couple years ago, and they have embraced him very closely.

Fans of the singer will remember the scary moment when he collapsed and fell off stage during a 2014 concert in New York. The New Orleans native ended up in a coma for a few days, but he recovered with full strength and the report was that he suffered from dehydration.

However, now for the first time, August explains that he is often very sick due to a serious liver disease that has a big affect on his daily and professional life. In a clip from the sit-down talk with Jada, Alsina says: “I have a liver disease, where my auto-immune system is fighting against itself. The reality is that I’m sick all the time. I don’t really like to talk about because I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy.”

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August Alsina Announces “Don’t Matter Tour”

August Alsina kicked off 2017 with the release of 3 new songs, “Drugs,” “Wait” and “Lonely,” followed by the announcement that he was readying the release of his third studio album, which is also titled Drugs.

He has yet to confirm a release date, but fans can get excited to see the New Orleans native back on stage, as he has announced an upcoming tour called the “Don’t Matter Tour.”

The summer theater trek will kick off July 27 in San Antonio, Texas and hit 24 North American cities, including New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and more before closing Sept. 2 in Vancouver, BC.

On the tour, Alsina will be supported by singer/actor Rotimi and one of our favorite new rising singer-songwriters Tone Stith.

Tickets will be on sale soon. See the full itinerary below.

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Video: August Alsina – Lonely

August Alsina has been caught up lately and he’s tired of being alone in the trippy visuals for his new song “Lonely.”

Calling his girl from a pay phone in the opening scene, Alsina then steps into a local grocery store, where he performs the sultry cut that samples the Bobby Womack classic “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.”

The New Orleans native glides through isles of cereals named after him, as he interacts with some weird late night patrons.

“When I call your phone tonight, I better not have to call twice, girl,” he sings before delivering an ultimatum: “If you think you’re horny now / Come and let a real ni**a slide through girl.”

“Lonely” is the latest song to be released off Alsina’s forthcoming third studio album Drugs, which is due out this year via Def Jam Records.

Check out the new video below.

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New Music: August Alsina – Lonely

August Alsina is 3 for 3. The New Orleans native returns with his third new song of the year, keeping the smooth R&B vibes going with “Lonely.”

Taking inspiration from the old school, August borrows from the classic Bobby Womack song “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” for the break-up to make-up song, as he tries to rekindle a relationship.

“When I call your phone tonight, I better not have to call twice, girl,” he sings before delivering an ultimatum: “If you think you’re horny now / Come and let a real ni**a slide through girl.”

Alsina is prepping for the release of his third studio album on Def Jam Records. Last month, he released the title track “Drugs,” and the follow-up “Wait.”

Take a listen to “Lonely” below.

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