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Alexandra Ashley Hughes, better known by her stage name Allie X, is a Canadian artist with a background in musical theater. She identifies her voice type as soprano.[4]

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  • 1 Personal life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Albums
    • 3.2 Extended Plays
    • 3.3 Singles
  • 4 References

Personal life[edit] Edit

Allie X states that she didn't start seriously listening to music until 2007.[4] Though her face was fully revealed in her music video for Catch, she is not comfortable with sharing too much information with the public and prefers to keep her face under wraps at most times.[5][6] On why she likes the macabre, she states that she is expressing her Jungian shadow-self.[5] Revealed in an interview from The Star, she constantly struggles to stay calm and make decisions from a grounded place.[5][7] The X in her name has been likened to algebra; it represents the unknown.[5] In high school, she studied classical piano and voice at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and graduated college from Sheridan College's Musical Theater Performance program.[8][9]

Career[edit] Edit

Describing herself as a "nostalgia whore,"[10] Allie X started her career under the name of Allie Hughes in Toronto around 2006,[11]performing Indie, Melodramatic Pop, and Pop music.[12] In her live shows, as Allie Hughes, she incorporated a theatrical element into them. In 2008, she was in How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (Canada), but was eliminated after two episodes.[4] She called it a traumatic but thrilling experience.[4] Her other acting credits include Triple Sensation, The Boys in the Photograph, King, Being Erica, and Instant Star. Her songs have been featured in Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, and Love Me.[8][9] She was one of four to receive the Canadian Film Centre Slaight Music Residency Showcase in 2013.[8] In spite of her local success in Toronto, was not satisfied with her sound and spent years learning about sound design and production. This allowed her to reproduce the sound she heard in her head. She describes her melodies as being "soaring pop, borderline theatrical Disney," while her lyrics, "always seem to be darker." She compares songwriting to a science-experiment in which you put two people's brains together for a few hours and see what they can come up with."[7][13] Influences and inspirations include Kate Bush, Mariah Carey, Jens Lekman, Janelle Monáe, Mark Mothersbaugh, Tom Petty, Rufus Wainright, and author Haruki Murakami. [4][14] In July 2013, she moved to Los Angeles, to further her career,[15] and to begin working with producers such as Cirkut and Billboard.[6] Her spinning GIF's have attained some level of notoriety. [16] She released the song "Catch" in February 2014. Katy Perry posted the song on her Twitter, calling it a "spring jam".[6] Her single managed to ascertain the No. 55 spot on the Canadian Billboard Hot 100 Chart, without the help of a music video, digital sales, or live appearances.[13] CollXtion I was released on April 7, 2015 in Canada.[17] She will do her first live performance as Allie X at the Phi Center on April 30.[5]

Discography[edit] Edit

Albums[edit] Edit

Album Release Date Details
Ladies And Gentlemen[18] 2006
  • Not on Label
  • As Allie Hughes
Waiting For The Prize[19] 2006
  • Not on Label
  • As Allie Hughes

Extended Plays[edit] Edit

EP Release Date Details
Allie Hughes[11] 2010
  • Not on Label
  • As Allie Hughes
Allie X Andra[20] 2012
  • Not on Label
  • As Allie Hughes/ALX
CollXtion I
  • April 7, 2015 (Canada)
  • April 21, 2015 (Worldwide)
  • First Release on a Major Label

Singles[edit] Edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN

[21]

Catch 2014 55 CollXtion I
Prime
Bitch

References[edit] Edit

  1. Jump up^ "Allie Hughes Valentines Wedding Spectacular". Sticky Magazine. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b "Who Is Allie X? 'Catch' Singer Talks Katy Perry Shout-Out, Her Pop Takeover Plan". Billboard.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  3. Jump up^ "Allie X Drops a Pristine Debut Single With "Catch"". TIME.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e CKCU Interview with Allie Hughes. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e Allie X explores her ‘shadow self’ in her dark radio-ready pop. (Interview). Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b c Jason Lipshutz (March 10, 2014). Who Is Allie X? 'Catch' Singer Talks Katy Perry Shout-Out, Her Pop Takeover Plan. (Interview). Billboard.com. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b ALLIE X: "I DON'T WANT TO BE ANYONE'S BITCH". (Interview). Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Jump up to:a b c "CFC Creates". Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  9. ^ Jump up to:a b "LyricCanada 2010 National Conference". Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  10. Jump up^ "Allie Hughes Blog". Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  11. ^ Jump up to:a b "Discogs Allie X Andra". Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  12. Jump up^ "Allie Hughes Myspace". Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  13. ^ Jump up to:a b Katy Perry tweet helps propel Canadian singer-songwriter's 'Catch' to Billboard heights. (Interview). Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  14. Jump up^ http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/04/14/allie-x-cultivates-air-of-mystery-on-collxtion-i-exclusive-album/. Retrieved April 14, 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. Jump up^ "Allie X - Biography". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  16. Jump up^ "Idolator Hello". Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  17. Jump up^ Idolator Interview. (Interview). Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  18. Jump up^ "Ladies And Gentlemen". Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  19. Jump up^ "Waiting for The Prize". Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  20. Jump up^ "Discogs Allie X Andra". Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  21. Jump up^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6033633/allie-x/chart

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