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Aluma Irika is an American recording artist who was born in Vermont on July 2, 1970 (44 years old). She is most known for her low-budget albums, created throughout a small amount of time. She has released 21 studio albums, throughout a course of 28 years.  

Early Life Edit

Aluma Lena Irika was born on July 2, 1970, to Marc Antony Irika and Marie Ann Smith. She is the oldest of two children, the younger being her brother, Glenn. At the age of 18, Irika released her first studio album through a record label that her father established with her initials. The album peaked at #17 on the DT 202. The album, Flower Dress, Irika explains: "is an exploration of whimsical songs with beautiful lyrics...". Although her self-titled, second studio album was commercially more successful that her first album, it is often confused as Irika's official debut studio album. Edit

Life Edit

2014 - present: The All-Original Aluma Irika, Rehearsed, LeAnn Giambi, & Upcoming 22nd studio album Edit

In late 2013, Irika announced that she planned on releasing her 20th studio album soon after a long hiatus. The album turned out to be The All-Original Aluma Irika. The album debuted at #1 and is Irika's first and only #1 album in the US. The album was, for the most part, a critical and commercial success. It also contained Irika's seventh #1 single, "Freaky".

In November 2014, Irika announced interest in making another album. The album became Rehearsed and it was released on January 5, 2015. The album debuted at #2, although the exceptional high debut was expected, the album fell short of expectations, commercial wise. Throughout this time and the end of the TAOAL era, Irika had multiple negative altercations with fellow singer and collaborator, LeAnn Giambi.

On January 25, 2015, three weeks after the release of Rehearsed, Irika announced that she had further plans to start work on a 22nd studio album. Although some critics criticized her decision to release another album, Irika further stated:

"...I know critics are gonna hate on me for starting another album, but I'm ready. I was absent from the music scene for 6 years. That's a long time. I missed a lot, but I don't regret it. It was part of my life, but I wll never get that time back. The break was nice, but I'm back. I've consulted a lot of very talented musicians lately for help on the next album. I know I usually do things 'solo', but it's nice to change things up a bit and get some help. It'll be out soon; No one's gonna bring me down!" - Aluma Irika regarding her 22nd studio album.

Her official agent confirmed on February 7, 2015, that the title of her 22nd studio album is to be: Kill the Bitch!. Irika further stated that the album is like "the sequel" to Rehearsed.

Controversies & Criticism Edit

Irika has been the subject of criticism various times throughout her career, mostly during the release of her 4th, 19th, & 21st studio albums, Zero Percent Chance, 3 Eyes, & Rehearsed, respectively.

Zero Percent Chance was Irika's highest charting album at the time, debuting and peaking at #2 in the US. Although not known to the public until late 2012, the artwork for Irika's album includes a hand 'shushing' Irika's mouth. Irika's long-time friend and previous collaborator, Robert Eukany, posted a picture on Twitter that the hand that 'shushes' Irika's mouth on the album, is that of Adolf Hitler's, taken from a picture of him from one of her college textbooks. Although Irika didn't believe it was a 'bad thing', the public became outraged when Eukany revealed that the album was supposed to include a track titled, "Jewish", before Eukany thought the song was "disturbing" and "somewhat anti-semitic".

3 Eyes, which was released 3 months after her previous studio album, Dance Mode is Activated. DMIA received rave reviews, although Irika was having troubles with her boyfriend at the time, Patrick McNee. McNee posted a video on YouTube of Irika stripping her clothes at a Las Vegas nightclub, and calling her fans, 'f**kers'. There was a huge public response to this, and Irika never made a formal statement that reflected on her actions. During this time, Irika urged her producers and her own record label, to finish 3 Eyes as quickly as possible, so it could be released, something Irika says she regretted doing. Throughout 3 Eyes, the album contains visible glitches during the songs, and two of the songs, "Stupid" & "How to Win" are cut off before the final verse. The album was a critical and commercial failure, selling less than 200 copies throughout its first week. Many of the customers demanded a refund, although they never received one.

After this period, Irika officially went on hiatus for 6 years. During those 6 years, she released one single, "A Boom (A One, Two, Three, Four)", which was intended for a release on Irika's debut soundtrack album to a movie she was producing, but Irika halted the production indefinitely, and canceling the movie and soundtrack altogether.

In early 2014, Irika began work on her 21st studio album, The All-Original Aluma Irika, and enlisted help from the producers from her label, where she met LeAnn Giambi and Devaud Antiguai. During this time, Giambi invited Irika over to her house to continue work on both of their upcoming albums, with Giambi's album, being her second studio album, Sugar Coated. This is where Giambi and Irika began bickering, often leading to verbal disputes which called the police over three times.

In late 2014, Irika solely wrote a track, titled "Metallic Skin", which is widely believed to be a diss-track towards Giambi, although Irika has never formally admitted the following. Giambi has stated that she is currently working on a diss-track towards Irika, but doesn't plan to release it for awhile. The song became the lead single for Irika's 21st studio album, Rehearsed. The album featured multiple tracks that have lyrics directed towards Giambi. The album was released on January 5, 2015 to mixed to positive reviews, but fell short of expectations and predictions, commercial wise.


DiscographyEdit

Studio Albums:Edit

List of albums, with selected chart positions and sales

Title

Album details

Peak chart positions

Sales

DT 202

DT Under

Flower Dress

  • Released: July 3, 1988
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: Compact cassette

17

6

  • US: 680,000+

Aluma Irika

  • Released: November 13, 1989
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: Compact cassette

13

8

  • US: 1,340,000+

The Sky

  • Released: March 11, 1991
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: Compact cassette

8

2

  • US: 1,720,000+

0% Chance

  • Released: April 27, 1992
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: Compact cassette

2

1

  • US: 2,160,000+

I'm The One Who Left

  • Released: May 9, 1994
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: Compact cassette

3

1

  • US: 1,730,000+

Welcome to My Life

  • Released: November 13, 1995
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: CD, compact cassette

2

1

  • US: 3,690,000+

Half a Coke and a Fig Tree Branch

  • Released: February 6, 1996
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: CD, compact cassette

7

3

  • US: 950,000+

The Mess-Up

  • Released: December 10, 1996
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: CD, compact cassette

4

2

  • US: 1,070,000+

Why Do I Bother?

  • Released: July 14, 1997
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: CD, compact cassette

2

1

  • US: 4,550,000+

A Full Glass of Root Beer

  • Released: June 8, 1999
  • Label: DT Local
  • Format: CD, compact cassette

15

4

  • US: 420,000+

The Oasis Experience

  • Released: May 29, 2000
  • Label: DT Local
  • Format: CD, compact cassette

2

1

  • US: 6,710,000+

Not More, Anymore!

  • Released: January 7, 2002
  • Label: DT Local
  • Format: CD, compact cassette

3

5

  • US: 2,684,000+

100% Chance

  • Released: October 14, 2002
  • Label: DT Local
  • Format: CD

2

2

  • US: 4,500,000+

Cocktail Hour

  • Released: February 16, 2004
  • Label: DT Local
  • Format: CD

6

7

  • US: 1,970,000+

Baggage Claim and All the Other Obstacles We Must Perform

  • Released: April 18, 2005
  • Label: DT Local
  • Format: CD

3

4

  • US: 1,038,000+

Neon Sign

  • Released: April 10, 2006
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: CD, digital download

22

  • US: 127,000+

Pure Beauty

  • Released: May 7, 2007
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: CD, digital download

13

11

  • US: 510,000+

Dance Mode is Activated

  • Released: August 18, 2008
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: CD, digital download

12

8

  • US: 340,000+

3 Eyes

  • Released: November 10, 2008
  • Label: A.I. Entertainment Co.
  • Format: CD, digital download

58

  • US: 90,000+

The All-Original Aluma Irika

  • Released: May 5, 2014
  • Label: Onivia International
  • Format: CD, digital download

1

1

  • US: 2,360,000+

Rehearsed

  • Released: January 5, 2015
  • Label: Irika Enterprises Worldwide
  • Format: CD, digital download

2

8

  • US: 45,000+

Kill the Bitch!

  • Released: April 6, 2015
  • Label: Irika Enterprises Worldwide
  • Format: CD, digital download

8

3

  • US: 15,000+

Fixture

  • Released: September 16, 2016
  • Label: Irika Enterprises Worldwide
  • Format: CD, digital download

  • US: TBA

Singles:Edit

Year

Single

Peak chart positions

Certifications

(sales threshold)

Album

US

US RE25

US Dance

AUS

CAN

FRA

NZ

SPA

SWE

UK

1985

"I'm Still Your Little Girl"

For My Parents

"Momma Marie"

1986

"I Love You (Swing)"

171

"Hello"

96

1987

"Consideration"

85

Non-album single

1988

"What Would I Do Without You?"

3

17

18

6

5

1

4

Flower Dress

"My Eye is Half Open"

47

12

2

8

10

9

14

7

8

  • US: 4x Platinum

1989

"The Only Circle"

51

18

1

5

24

13

48

6

11

  • US: 3x Platinum

"They Call Me Iconic"

12

3

5

4

20

15

2

3

1

1

  • US: 7x Platinum

Aluma Irika

"Earthquake in the Pacific"

7

2

34

51

66

71

60

17

38

  • US: 6x Platinum

1990

"Songs About Falling in Love"

1

1

1

1

2

1

10

5

1

2

  • US: 13x Platinum

1991

"Movies and Fiction"

2

3

1

2

1

6

9

4

1

1

  • US: Gold

The Sky

"I See Clouds"

3

7

8

3

18

91

10

7

12

  • US: 4x Platinum

1992

"A Hundred Balloons"

89

100

84

71

60

85

"Who's Up for a Dance?"

1

4

1

3

89

16

44

8

14

1

  • US: 10x Platinum

Zero Percent Chance

"Riding the Carousel"

1

1

2

7

65

14

20

5

8

2

  • US: 2x Diamond

"Fighting in the Dark"

4

1

8

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

  • US: 4x Platinum

1994

"Female Awareness" / "The Hollywood Dancer"

64

25

I'm the One Who Left

"Ghost in the Closet"

2

4

8

6

6

30

14

18

4

7

  • US: 5x Platinum

1995

"What's That Delightful Fragrance?"

17

11

36

15

55

22

65

80

1

1

  • US: Silver

Non-album single

"Reporting on Spot"

8

14

5

4

9

11

20

34

1

4

  • US: Gold

Welcome to My Life

1996

"Cherry on Top"

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

  • US: 2x Diamond

"Hometown Happiness"

19

7

16

52

60

75

89

176

  • US: Silver

"Rockets and Spaceships"

82

92

Half a Coke and a Fig Tree Branch 

"Extend It Over" / "I See the Light"

"It Happened To You"

97

22

155

The Mess-Up

1997

"Thankful for You"

30

4

9

99

34

80

36

77

104

  • US: Silver

"10 Years Later"

5

1

1

67

90

24

12

10

8

10

  • US: 2x Platinum

Why Do I Bother?

"Chimpanzees"

1

1

1

4

2

5

9

10

3

7

  • US: 10x Diamond

1998

"Negative Sexual Attention"

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

  • US: 12x Diamond

"Crack the Whip"

2

1

1

1

1

2

3

4

2

2

  • US: 7x Diamond

"Gigantic"

5

1

1

7

16

13

8

22

5

6

  • US: Diamond

1999

"My Dearest Loved Ones"

20

1

95

82

50

44

13

19

87

  • US: Platinum

A Full Glass of Root Beer

"Root Beer"

87

23

196

"Parade"

31

80

150

  • US: Gold

2000

"Stuck in the Ocean '00"

2

1

1

1

5

6

6

1

3

8

  • US: 18x Diamond

The Oasis Experience

2001

"Wasting Time"

8

4

3

7

4

89

17

8

10

16

  • US: Platinum

"Dreadfully Draped"

"Funky Beats"

6

3

1

50

64

44

93

71

  • US: Platinum

"The Sweaty Sauna"

11

2

1

98

56

191

  • US: 2x Platinum

2002

"I Need a Reason Why"

20

5

14

64

  • US: Gold

Not More, Anymore!

"Peace and Change"

58

80

"Show Business Babies"

13

3

1

15

26

85

  • US: Diamond

"Cause and Effect"

9

1

1

34

6

60

  • US: 2x Diamond

Hundred Percent Chance

2003

"Licorice"

33

29

36

55

18

97

  • US: Gold

"Hangin' On"

56

70

17

58

"Are We Through?"

1

2

4

1

1

1

3

1

2004

"Tequila and Tang"

91

8

45

23

17

9

14

7

Cocktail Hour

"After Party"

"Glittery Mess"

2005

"Bye Bye"

14

1

6

20

90

56

6

1

16

  • US: Platinum

Baggage Claim and All the Other Obstacles We Must Perform

"Teabag"

70

22

49

89

73

99

51

80

3

11

"Welcome to Terminal One"

2

1

1

9

3

2

2

5

6

4

  • US: 2x Diamond

2006

"Electric Sight"

80

26

Neon Sign

"Phone Call"

2007

"Pure Beauty"

41

31

70

58

71

85

143

  • US: Gold

Pure Beauty

"Put on Your Makeup"

113

200

2008

"Get Ready" (Clap, Clap)

Dance Mode is Activated

"Entrepreneur"

68

"I Came First"

67

3 Eyes

"Dragons"

2009

"Filet Mignon"

102

20

2010

"A Boom (A One, Two, Three, Four)"

96

57

5

160

Non-album single

2014

"Back"

12

1

6

14

70

66

38

19

1

2

  • US: Platinum

The All-Original Aluma Irika

"Freaky"

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

  • US: 4x Diamond

"Buns"

18

10

2

7

52

50

25

17

14

10

  • US: Silver

"Welcome Home"

63

23

185

"Metallic Skin"

16

1

70

94

4

52

  • US: Gold

Rehearsed

2015

"BIG Party"

90

55

61

96

"Mona Lisa" / "Lollipops"

14

40

56

"Im Nin'Alu (Isaac)"

1 1 1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

  • US: Diamond

Kill the Bitch!

"New Beginning"

113

85

"Error"

80

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