Bad Gyal

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Bad Gyal
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Farelo in February 2018
Alba Farelo

1997 (age 21–22)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
Years active2016–present
Musical career

Alba Farelo (born c. 1997),[1] better known as Bad Gyal, is a Catalan/Spanish singer and producer.

Early life[edit]

Farelo was born in Vilassar de Mar, Catalonia, the eldest of five children,[2] daughter of voice actor, Eduard Farelo.[3][4] While attending university and working at a call centre, she released "Pai" in April 2016, an adaptation of "Work" by Rihanna, adapting the lyrics to a mixture of Catalan, Spanish, and English.[5]


"Pai" gained popularity on YouTube, and was picked up by local radio, which led to the creation of a mixtape, Slow Wine, with producer Pablo Martínez, aka FakeGuido. Fact Magazine named one of its songs, "Jacaranda" as their number 1 single of 2017.[6] She has performed at several festivals in Iceland and Japan, as well as the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in Los Angeles, and Sónar in Barcelona.[7][6][8] Her next album, Worldwide Ángel, was produced by UK producer Jam City, Dubbel Dutch, DJ Florentino and Spanish musician El Guincho,[9][6][10][11] and included the songs "Candela", “Yo Sigo Iual”,[12] "Nicest Cocky"[13] and "Blink".[14]

In November 2018 she released another single, "Open the Door", a collaboration with Jamaican singer Govana.[15]

Formerly signed with the production company Canada Editorial,[16] in April 2019 it was announced Farelo had signed with Interscope Records and Aftercluv.[17] The next month she was featured in Spanish Vogue.[18]

Her style has been categorised variously as trap, reggaeton, or dancehall.[4] The Guardian described her music as a "stew of reggaeton, dancehall and melancholic electronics – sung in a mixture of Catalan, Spanish, and English".[5]



  • Worldwide Ángel (2018)


  • Slow Wine (2016)


  1. ^ Lines, Esteban (13 April 2018). "La cantante Bad Gyal presenta sus nuevas canciones". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. ^ Martin, Felicity (2 August 2018). "A Little Bit International: Bad Gyal Interviewed". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ Joshi, Tara (23 February 2018). "The Catalan reggaeton queen growing angel wings". Dazed. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Sherburne, Philip (October 5, 2017). "Bad Gyal Is a Rihanna-Loving Dancehall Badass From Barcelona". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Aroesti, Rachel (5 July 2018). "Bad Gyal: 'Young people feel really represented by reggaeton'". the Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Sherborne, Philip (1 March 2018). "Bad Gyal: Worldwide Angel Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Bad Gyal - Access All Areas". FACT Magazine. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Bad Gyal presenta en Estados Unidos su nuevo disco recopilatorio". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 29 January 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  9. ^ Wiess, Alexandra (22 March 2018). "bad gyal is here to fix reggaeton's sexism problem". i-D. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  10. ^ Murray, Robin (3 July 2018). "Bad Gyal's 'Internationally' Is A Homage To Pop Queens". Clash. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  11. ^ Welsh, April Clare (27 February 2018). "Bad Gyal raises the stakes on her latest international club-pop mixtape, Worldwide Angel". FACT Magazine. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  12. ^ Giulione, Bianca (22 November 2018). "Escape to Bad Gyal's Spanish Hometown in Her "Yo Sigo Iual" Video". Highsnobiety. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  13. ^ Munoz, Luis (14 June 2017). "Watch Bad Gyal's hypnotic video for 'Nicest Cocky'". FACT Magazine. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  14. ^ Myers, Owen (7 February 2018). "Bad Gyal parties in Mexico City in her stunning "Blink" video". The Fader. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  15. ^ Leight, Elias (1 November 2018). "Bad Gyal and Govana Are a Magnetic Duo on 'Open the Door'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  16. ^ Myers, Owen (Summer 2018). "The dazzling melancholy of Bad Gyal's dancehall-inspired party music". The Fader. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  17. ^ Madeleine, Fernando (30 April 2019). "Bad Gyal Signs With Interscope and Aftercluv: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  18. ^ Blanco, Eva (May 2019). "Bad Gyal: "Todo lo decido yo..."" [Bad Gyal: "Everything I decide..."]. (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 May 2019.