If you're anything like us, Alessia Cara's song "Here," has been playing on repeat in the back of your head somewhere, quickly becoming the anthem that proves over and over that it's okay to be different than your friends. Well, the single just reached number one on the charts, and Alessia took to Instagram to share an emotional message about the journey that led her, well, here.
"About 3 years ago, I played my mom a song. I told her 'mom, this song is going to change my life.' On May 1st, 2015, we released that same song to the world. It was the first original I had ever released and we put it out on SoundCloud, not even as a single," she wrote. "This was the song people said wasn't 'safe; enough for radio. This was the song nobody would play on their stations at first because it was different. This was the song at the bottom of everybody's list."
"Today, it finally made its way to number 1, and it's absolutely changed my life," she continued. "I don't know how in the heck this little tune managed to climb and fight its way up every chart, station, playlist etc. but it has and its still going. By no means should numbers or charts validate art, but I can't help but be proud of something I fought for and believed in for so long. I couldn't be more grateful for my little song that could & I couldn't be happier with the amount of people resonating with it. Shoutout to anyone who's ever told me I was onto something in the very beginning, to all the radio stations who played it when no one else would, to all the people who feel like the lyrics gave them a voice they didn't know they needed, to my team for taking a chance and my radio fam for pushing so incredibly hard for me. To everyone who's ever adopted the phrases 'I'll be over here' or 'antisocial pessimist', and to every single one of u who've supported me ever since."
"Thank u to @sebastiankole, @kuyaproductions, @oakestra, #popwansel for bringing ur magic to this song. I'm forever thankful for u," she added. "I've never been more mind-boggled in my life but it's the most beautiful kind of mind-boggling. Trust ur instincts, people. Believe in ur gut and make music u would fight for. HERE has taught me that music isn't just music- it's tied to our hips and floats around us wherever we go. Thank u for letting my song float around u and make its mark in ur brains. Thank u for everything."
That's so beautiful and inspiring and empowering - all of the things the song itself is.
After writing her Instagram post, Alessia found out that her song was one of the slowest songs to ever build to #1 - it wasn't an overnight hit, but as people discovered it and shared it and loved it, it grew to be huge.
just found out that here had the longest ascent to number 1 in 22 years. 26 weeks. slowest little song that could.— ac (@alessiacara) January 25, 2016
BRB, we're sobbing.
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