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THE ACMS: MOSTLY LIVE AND REALLY REAL
Moving in the right direction (9/18a)
2020 EIGHT-MONTH MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Interscope #1 in latest power rankings (9/17a)
WASSERMAN SEALS THE DEAL
But what's behind door #2? (9/17a)
SURFACES LEVEL UP
Peaking at just the right time (9/18a)
NEAR TRUTHS: HERE'S THE DEAL (AND THE ROAD AHEAD)
This column pairs well with BBQ sauce. (9/15a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
THE B-SIDE
RIGHT "HERE," RIGHT NOW
4/29/15

BY SAMANTHA HISSONG

I have a new spirit animal, and her name is Alessia.

"Here," her debut single through Def Jam, is an introvert's anthem. The 18-year-old, Ontario native fluidly melds buttery vocals with a smooth beat for a track that's both laidback and unquestionably intoxicating. Her lyrics are snarky and confident, but the overall song remains charming and warm.

Quite frankly, she had me at the intro. "I'm sorry if I seem uninterested, or I'm not listening, or I'm indifferent. Truly, I ain't got no business here, but since my friends are here, I just came to kick it. But really, I would rather be at  home all by myself, not in this room with people who don't even care about my well-being." PREACH, MAMA.

Seemingly arisen from obscurity, the songstress has actually been posting unique covers to her YouTube channel for the past four years and managed to accumulate 21k+ subscribers and 1.5m+ total views. Not bad for someone who started at 14 and claims, "I sing in my closet.. and occasionally my bathroom."

Listen for yourselves if you don't trust my praise, but this single, produced by Pop and Oak and Sebastian Kole, is basically Oxy for your ears.