On Monday (which also happens to be her 20th birthday), Alessia Cara premiered the video for “Scars to Your Beautiful,” the third single from last year’s excellent Know-It-All. The song is more than just an empowering anthem; it’s an affirmation of self-love and acceptance.
Pop most often sells a fantasy of great times being had by beautiful people. The “most viral” song of 2015, though (source: Spotify), was Here by Alessia Cara, a track quickly hailed as an introvert’s anthem. Over an Isaac Hayes loop previously repurposed by Portishead for Glory Box, the then-18-year-old Canadian eloquently demolished the lie about teenage parties being fun.
Canadian artist Alessia Cara achieved Topshop changing-room ubiquity last year with Here, a soulful slice of R&B celebrating being the introvert at a party. Agreeably sullen, it marked the 19-year-old out as a teen star uninterested in aping the forced enthusiasm of major-label pop.
Alessia Cara crowns Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart (dated Feb. 4) with “Scars to Your Beautiful.” As the song lifts 2-1, it becomes her second Pop Songs leader; her breakthrough hit “Here” led a year ago to the week, topping the Feb. 6, 2016, tally. Both tracks are from her first LP, Know-It-All.