Q&A: Canadian Singer Alessia Cara Talks Taylor Swift, Wanting to Be Justin Bieber

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Q&A: Canadian Singer Alessia Cara Talks Taylor Swift, Wanting to Be Justin Bieber


Friend, David, The Canadian Press


Q&A: Alessia Cara on Taylor Swift, wanting to be Bieber

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CALGARY - Alessia Cara is having a big year in music by any measure.

The 19-year-old singer from Brampton, Ont. -- a suburb outside Toronto -- is among the small faction of Canadian pop stars who dominated the upper echelons of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart last year.

The songstress quietly climbed her way up the U.S. charts with "Here," an ode to house party wallflowers, which peaked at No. 5, putting her in the company of megastars like Drake, Justin Bieber and the Weeknd.

She also received the coveted seal of approval from Taylor Swift, who invited her on stage for a duet of "Here" during a stop on her "1989" tour last fall.

Things don't seem to be slowing either. Her latest single "Wild Things" is already making its way up the charts.

Cara takes a victory lap on Sunday night by opening the Juno Awards. She talked to The Canadian Press about Swift and her dreams of hosting one particular late night show.

CP: Taylor Swift's support of "Here" put you on another level of visibility, but now a lot of articles imply you're close friends. Are you part of Swift's so-called squad of celebrities?

Cara: It's weird to be seen as that. Every headline now has been like ... "in Taylor Swift's squad" and I think that's very exaggerated because I've only met Taylor Swift once.... People have this perception of what the "inside" is like, but they also have this perception I'm overly shy or antisocial. …

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