Beabadoobee

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Beabadoobee
Beabadoobee in August 2019
Beabadoobee in August 2019
Background information
Birth nameBeatrice Kristi Laus[a]
Also known as
Born (2000-06-03) 3 June 2000 (age 20)[6][7]
Iloilo City, Philippines[8]
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2017–present
Labels
Websitebeabadoobee.co.uk

Beatrice Laus[a] (born 3 June 2000), known professionally as Beabadoobee (/bbəˈdb/;[15] stylized in all lowercase[16]), is a Filipino-born British singer-songwriter. From 2018 to 2019, she released four extended plays under the independent label Dirty Hit: Lice (2018), Patched Up (2018), Loveworm (2019) and Space Cadet (2019). Her debut studio album, Fake It Flowers, was released in October 2020 to critical acclaim.

Beabadoobee served as a supporting act for labelmates the 1975 during several legs of their Music for Cars Tour, as well as American singer Clairo during her Immunity Tour. She was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2020 Brit Awards, and was presented with the Radar Award at the 2020 NME Awards. Beabadoobee was also predicted as a breakthrough act for 2020 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2020.

Early life[edit]

Laus was born in Iloilo City, Philippines on 3 June 2000 and moved to London with her parents at the age of 3.[1][2] She grew up in West London listening to original pinoy music as well as pop and rock music from the 1980s. While she was a teenager, she listened to indie rock including Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Florist and Alex G.[7] She was expelled from Sacred Heart High School before completing her thirteenth year at Hammersmith Academy.[13][17][18] Laus spent seven years learning to play the violin, before getting her first guitar second-hand at the age of 17.[3] She taught herself how to play the instrument using YouTube tutorials.[7] She was inspired by Kimya Dawson and the Juno soundtrack to start making music.[2]

Career[edit]

2017–2019: "Coffee" and early EPs[edit]

The first song Beabadoobee wrote on her guitar was "Coffee".[4] She released the song as well as a cover of Karen O's "The Moon Song" in September 2017.[3] "Coffee" gained over 300,000 views on YouTube,[2] as well as the attention of Dirty Hit Records.[19] She signed to the label in April 2018.[20][21] This was followed by the release of her debut EP Lice in March 2018 and her second EP Patched Up in December 2018.[2][22] In January 2019, Beabadoobee was placed with Billie Eilish on NME's annual list of "essential new artists", the "NME 100".[23] She subsequently released her third EP titled Loveworm.[24][4][25] In July 2019, Beabadoobee later released an acoustic version of this EP and titled it Loveworm (Bedroom Sessions).[26]

In September 2019, Beabadoobee embarked on her first tour supporting Clairo on her Immunity Tour,[27][28] before releasing her fourth EP, Space Cadet in October 2019. Beabadoobee subsequently made the front cover of NME on 25 October 2019.[1] She was shortlisted for the Rising Star Award at the 2020 Brit Awards in December 2019.[29] In November 2019, Beabadoobee released a pair of Spotify Singles, one being a cover of "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds as well as a version of "She Plays Bass" recorded in Abbey Road Studios in London.[30][31] In December 2019, Beabadoobee was longlisted in the annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2020.[32]

2020–present: "Death Bed" and Fake It Flowers[edit]

In February 2020, Beabadoobee performed at the 2020 NME Awards after winning the Radar Award.[33] She supported labelmates The 1975 on their Music for Cars Tour for both the UK leg in February 2020.[34] She was scheduled to also support the band during the North American leg of this tour in April 2020,[35] however it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[36]

A sample of Beabadoobee's 2017 debut single "Coffee" was used on Canadian rapper Powfu's 2019 single, "Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head)". The song became a massively successful sleeper hit after going viral on the app TikTok in early 2020,[37] becoming Beabadoobee's first official chart entry in her career, both locally and internationally.[38] By April 2020, it had entered the Top 5 in several countries including the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It earned gold certification status in Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico and New Zealand, as well as Platinum or higher in the US and the UK among several other countries. Speaking about her reaction to the popularization of "Death Bed", Beabadoobee said, "I'm not going to lie, it was overwhelming… I kinda hated it. I hated more people knowing about the first song I'd ever written and not my others. I was so stubborn but I grew into it and accepted that's just how life works. I was extremely grateful for its existence and it's only given me more opportunities."[39]

Beabadoobee announced her debut studio album, Fake It Flowers, and released its lead single "Care" on 14 July 2020.[40][41] In early August 2020, she released the album's second single, "Sorry", and revealed the album's track listing, cover art and official release date.[42] Beabadoobee released "Worth It" as the third single,[43] "How Was Your Day?" as the fourth single,[44] and "Together" as the fifth and final single of Fake It Flowers.[45] The album was released on 16 October 2020 to critical acclaim and debuted at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart in addition to peaking in the United States, Australia, Ireland, Japan and Scotland. According to sales in the United States, Billboard ranked Beabadoobee as the Top New Rock Artist of 2020.[46] In 2021, Beabadoobee will embark on a headlining tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland to support the album.[47][48]

Artistry and reception[edit]

Beabadoobee has cited Elliott Smith, The Moldy Peaches, Pavement, Mazzy Star, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Daniel Johnston as her musical influences.[10][2] She has told Vice that she plans on making film soundtracks in the future, as they heavily inspired her to make music.[2] On her background and using YouTube to find success, she said:[49]

"My very traditional Asian family had the classic way of thinking: ‘play an orchestra instrument’ or ‘be a doctor’. Today, people start off making beats on a laptop, but hopefully I encourage young people to pick up the guitar and rock out! YouTube tutorials are a great way to develop your own style, and go at your own pace."

Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Khalid, Jaden Smith and Matty Healy of The 1975 have each expressed their admiration for Beabadoobee.[50][51][52][53]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with release date and label shown
Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
[54]
AUS
[55]
IRL
[56]
JAP
[57]
SCO
[58]
US
[59]
US
Heat.

[60]
Fake It Flowers 8 96 88 106 3 189 2

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with release date, label, and selected chart positions shown
Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
Breakers

[61]
Lice
  • Released: 28 February 2018[62]
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Patched Up
  • Released: 7 December 2018[63]
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, CS, digital download, streaming
Loveworm
  • Released: 26 April 2019[64]
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, CS, digital download, streaming
Space Cadet
  • Released: 14 October 2019
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, digital download, streaming
14
Our Extended Play
  • Released: Spring 2021
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions and album details shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(FL)
Tip

[65]
NLD
Air.

[66]
US
Alt.
Air.

[67]
US
Rock
Air.

[68]
"Coffee" 2017 Non-album singles
"The Moon Song"
"Susie May" 2018
"Dance with Me" Patched Up
"If You Want To" 2019
"Disappear" Loveworm
"She Plays Bass" Space Cadet
"I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus" [A]
"Care" 2020 36 15 18 27 Fake It Flowers
"Sorry"
"Worth It"
"How Was Your Day?"
"Together"
"Last Day On Earth" 2021 Our Extended Play

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions and album details shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[69]
AUS
[70]
CAN
[71]
FIN
[72]
IRE
[56]
NL
[73]
NOR
[74]
NZ
[75]
SWE
[76]
US
[77]
"Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head)"
(Powfu featuring Beabadoobee)
2020 4 5 11 9 7 11 14 5 15 23 Poems of the Past

Tours[edit]

Headlining

Supporting

Awards and nominations[edit]

Organization Year Award Work Result Ref.
UK Music Video Awards 2019 Best Rock Video - Newcomer "Disappear" Nominated [85]
2020 "I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus" Nominated [86]
Brit Awards 2020 Herself Rising Star Nominated [29]
BBC 2020 Sound of 2020 Longlisted [32]
NME Awards 2020 Radar Award Won [87]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Repertoire database sources claim that Beabadoobee's middle name is "Ilejay",[11] while other publications have claimed her middle name is "Kristi".[12][13] She was also referred as "Bea Regner" in her early career.[14][7]
  1. ^ "I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus" did not enter the Ultratop Top 50, but spent 4 weeks as an extra tip on the Ultratop Bubbling Under chart.

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