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August Alsina Debuts No. 2 on the Billboard Chart


August Alsina has given the world his Testimony, and the fans have shown their support! The rising star’s debut album has landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the R&B chart, selling over 67,000 copies of the NNTME/Def Jam album.

August’s tale of survival has been preceded by numerous fan favorite releases including “Get Ya Money” featuring Fabolous, and the singles “I Luv This Sh*t” featuring Trinidad James, “Ghetto” featuring Yo Gotti, “Make It Home” featuring Jeezy and the most recent “Kissin On My Tattoos.”

The release date of Testimony carried personal significance for August; April 15th was the birthday of his older brother, Melvin LaBranch III, who inspired August to pursue music. Tragically, Melvin was gunned down in New Orleans in 2010, just days before August’s 18th birthday.

“As an artist,” August reflects, “I struggle with how much of myself to give to the people. How much I want my personal business to be judged. I think the EP struck a good balance of who I am and what I’ve been through, but that was just the beginning. Nothing is held back on TESTIMONY. When people hear my story, and see that I came from nothing, they’ll see that it’s possible for them too.”

Read our review here.

Big congrats to Aug and the NNTME family!

Exclusive: August Alsina Shares Words for His Father, Brother and Helping to Raise His Nieces

August Alsina has become known for his honest and always forthright lyrics and realness.  At times blunt, August just speaks his mind, but he will be the first to tell you that he is learning about himself and how to be a man everyday.

During our recent interview with the rising star, we asked him to share with us what he thinks he would say to his father if he was alive today.  Not surprising, August reveals the things he had to learn on his own, and what he feels he’s missed out on by not having a positive male figure.  We also asked him to share some words for his older brother, who was killed in 2010, and was Alsina’s biggest motivation. More than anything he says he just thanks him.

When his brother passed he left behind three young daughters, who August now helps care for and raise. He speaks about the joy and struggle of that responsibility being a young man who is still just finding his own way.  Additionally, with his debut album Testimony finally in stores, we ask him about his plans to celebrate the release and his hopes for it’s impact.

Check out the clip above, and to see more of our interview click here.

New Music: August Alsina – Backseat (Best Buy Bonus)

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August Alsina is riding shotgun on his way to the top of the charts with his debut album Testimony (in stores now).  The LP has been released in standard and deluxe editions for iTunes, but there is also a special deluxe edition for Best Buy, which includes another new song “Backseat.”

August has the ladies goin wild at every show, and we know it’s no problem for him to get a few in the back of the wip.

“Hop up in the wip, girl it’s on till the morn / I was thinking I would take you to your favorite spot, but you was ready, so we never left the parking lot,” August sings on the smooth provocative track.

According to early predictions Testimony is expected to sell between 50-60k the first week. If you haven’t yet, head over to iTunes to check it out, or your local Best Buy to get the deluxe version. You can take a listen to “Backseat” now below:

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Exclusive: August Alsina Reflects on Early Releases, Brothers Passing, Single Success, Meeting Jay Z & Beyoncé and “Kissin On My Tattoos”

August Alsina made his debut right here back in August of 2011 with his acoustic remake of Lil Wayne’s “How To Love,” and following acoustic covers mixtape.  Followed by his first official project ‘The Product‘ exactly 2 years ago, and his successful follow-up The Product 2.   Reaching the top of the charts with his break-out debut single “I Luv This Sh*t,” the New Orleans native has been on an incredible climb, and it all culminated with the release of his first album Testimony, which hit stores on April 15.

ThisisRnB TV caught up with August while in NYC days before the LP’s release for a new interview.  In the clip above we take him back to his first releases, getting him to reflect on his goals and the early grind.  August talks about how his brothers passing pushed him to go all the way with his music and never look back.  He reveals that while working so hard he misses out on certain moments and loses memories.  But, the success of his debut single “I Luv This Sh*t” stuck with him because of how many people doubted it being a hit, and it was the song he knew had to be his official introduction.

After the jump, August tells the story of how Jeezy introduced him to Jay Z and what that moment was like, and at the same time how he accidentally ran into Beyoncé, plus the advice they gave to him.  Additionally he speaks about his next single “Kissin On My Tattoos,” which was a different style for him, but has already become a fan favorite.

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Album Review: August Alsina – ‘Testimony’


Everyone loves a good story, and August Alsina has quite one to tell. The singer’s rag-to-riches tale is captivating but, as documented on his debut album, Testimony, he could’ve been just another statistic. Luckily for Alsina, rather than ending up six-feet under or behind bars in the mean streets of New Orleans, he ended up at the top of the charts, now being mentioned in the same breath as Chris Brown and Trey Songz.

But what’s so fascinating about Alsina is not just his story, but the complex duality of his artistry. Musically he sits comfortably in both the R&B and hip-hop genres without abandoning one for the other, while on a personal tip he seems to struggle between his roots in the ‘hood and his new uprising in the music industry.

That binary theme is heavily constant on the appropriately titled Testimony, a 14-track confessional of sorts that wheels into vivid, personal accounts of Alsina’s rocky road to fame and, in true male R&B style, endearing odes to the ladies. But most of all, the 21-year-old newbie is honest and wears his rugged heart on his sleeve.

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New Music: Plies & August Alsina – Jump


My goodness…Plies is at again! But this time around, he brought out our boy August Alsina! Releasing a new single titled, “Jump,” the duo take it straight to the bedroom for the ladies.

Known for bringing the nasty out of women, Plies found it fitting to call on “Porn Star” singer, Alsina to add that bit of flare needed to the song. Singing, “It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, I’m turnt up and I’m horny,” August does the hook justice and even has a full verse in the song where he talks about holding his own with the ladies.

While August just released his Loso assisted video for “Get Ya Money” and debut album Testimony, Plies is busy working on new music to feed the streets. If “Jump” is anything to go by, we’re hoping that he calls on a few more of our R&B favorites to add to his upcoming project.

What are you waiting for? “Jump on it” below:

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Video: August Alsina feat. Fabolous – ‘Get Ya Money’


Our young boy August Alsina is out here working!

As his debut album Testimony hit stores today, the New Orleans native took to BET’s ’106 & Park’ to reveal the visual for his Fabolous-assisted track, “Get Ya Money“.

Serving as an anthem for the pole dancers, the popular song was originally found on Alsina’s mixtape ‘The Product 2′ without a verse from Loso. Showcasing the story of a girl going to get her money and hustling just to make it, you can’t help but salute this duo as they show the ladies some love.

Take a look at August & Fab as they call out all the stacked up shawtys below:

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August Alsina Brings K. Michelle On Stage at Album Release Show

August Alsina packed out SOB’s in NYC on Monday night for his sold-out Testimony album release show.  Not only was it an excellent performance and highlight of his rising career, but the young singer had plenty of special guests supporting him in the building, including Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Sebastian Mikael, Luke James and more.  As the crowd was as loud and ratchet as we’ve seen in the venue it was fitting that he invite the amazing K. Michelle on stage to voice her support.

Stepping to the mic like a comedian, K had everyone hanging on her every word while she explained why August deserves this success and support from all of his fans.  But, it wouldn’t be the real K. Michelle if she didn’t take some shots at some of the shady dudes in the game and of course she let everyone know the deal.  As DJ Era dropped her hit single “V.S.O.P.” August convinced the songstress to stay on stage and sing the club favorite for the screaming audience who loved every moment!

Check out the clip above, and pick up August Alsina’s debut album Testimony in stores now!