Bibi Bourelly

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Bibi Bourelly
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Background information
Birth nameBadriia Ines Bourelly
Also known asBibi Bourelly
Born (1994-07-14) 14 July 1994 (age 24)
Berlin, Germany
OriginGaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2015–present
Associated acts

Badriia Ines "Bibi" Bourelly (born 14 July 1994) is an American-German singer and songwriter signed to Def Jam Recordings.[1][2][3] She is the writer (or co-writer) of several notable songs including Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" and "Higher" and Nick Brewer's "Talk to Me."[4][5] Bourelly is featured on tracks such as Lil Wayne's "Without You,"[6] and Usher's "Chains"[7] She also released two singles in 2015 ("Riot" and "Ego") in 2018 she released her first single "Writer's Song" in preparation for the release of her debut studio album later in 2018.[5][8]

Early life[edit]

Badriia Ines Bourelly[9] was born in Berlin, Germany and is of Moroccan and Haitian descent. Her father, Jean-Paul Bourelly, is a notable guitarist and her late mother was the head of the Art Department at Berlin's House of the World’s Cultures.[10][11][12] Because her father was a professional musician, Bourelly often attended concerts and wrote songs as young as age four.[11] Her mother died when Bourelly was six years old.[13] She first went on tour with her father when she was 11.[10] She attended Blake High School in Maryland until the 12th grade.[14] Bourelly states she has German and American citizenship.[15]


While still living in Maryland, Bourelly began working with producer, Paperboy Fabe. He would later arrange for her to have a session with Kanye West in Los Angeles. That session ultimately produced Rihanna's "Higher," which Bourelly wrote in about 30 minutes. Around the same time, Rihanna heard another of Bourelly's written songs, "Bitch Better Have My Money," and decided to make it the lead single off her 2016 album, Anti.[10][16]

In April 2015, Bourelly released her first single, "Riot," a song that discusses Bourelly's wish to be recognized as an "authentic" and legitimate musician.[4] In July 2015, she was featured on Lil Wayne's, "Without You," which appeared on his Free Weezy Album.[6] A month later, she was featured in (and co-wrote) Nick Brewer's "Talk to Me."[5] She also co-wrote (with Chris Braide) Selena Gomez's "Camouflage" from her album, Revival,[17] and was featured in Usher's single, "Chains", alongside Nas. She performed the latter song with Usher and Nas at the TIDAL X Concert in October 2015.[18]

In October 2015, Bourelly released another single entitled, "Ego."[1] The song made it onto the Spotify Viral Charts for several nations, peaking at #2 in the US, #8 in the UK, and #4 on the overall global charts.[19] The song has been described as a "powerful, unapologetic ballad to self confidence."[12] The music video for "Ego" was filmed in Bourelly's hometown of Berlin and was directed by Branwen Okpako.[20]

In March 2016, the third single, "Sally" was released accompanied by an interactive video.[13] She made her television debut on the NBC Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In the summer of 2016, Bourelly toured with Haim and Rihanna prior to going on her solo "Free The Real" tour in North America.[21][22] She was also featured in the well-known Women Who Dare campaign by Harper's Bazaar alongside Hillary Clinton, Iskra Lawrence, and Uma Thurman.[23]



List of EPs, with selected details
Title Album details
Free The Real (Pt. #1)
  • Released: May 6, 2016
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Format: Digital download
Free The Real (Pt. #2)
  • Released: November 11, 2016
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Format: Digital download
Boy (In Studio)[24]
  • Released: August 18, 2017
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Riot" 2015 Free The Real (Pt. #1)
"Ego" 33
"Sally" 2016 8
(with Earl St. Clair)
35 Free The Real (Pt. #2)
"Ballin" 33
"Writer's Song" 2018 TBA
"White House"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Talk to Me"
(Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly)
2015 19 Recreation
(Usher featuring Bibi Bourelly and Nas)
Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Selected list of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Without You"[6] 2015 Lil Wayne Free Weezy Album

Songwriting Credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with
"Bitch Better Have My Money" 2015 Rihanna Non-album single Co-writer Robyn Fenty, Kanye West, Ebony Oshunrinde, Jacques Webster, Jamille Pierre
"Without You"
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
Lil Wayne Free Weezy Album Featured artist/Co-writer Dwayne Carter Jr., Jeroen Visscher, Vincent Schenck
"Talk to Me"
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
Nick Brewer Non-album single Nicholas Brewer, Tony Amadi, James Grant, Darius Forde, Crystal Waters, Neal Conway, Nathaniel Hardy Jr.
"Camouflage" Selena Gomez Revival Co-writer Christopher Braide
(featuring Bibi Bourelly & Nas)
Usher Non-album single Featured artist/Co-writer Usher Raymond IV, Paul Epworth, Juan Najera, Miguel Gandelman, Arthur Strong, Issiah J. Avila, Albert Bowman, Nasir Jones
"Yeah, I Said It" 2016 Rihanna Anti Co-writer Robyn Fenty, Timothy Mosley, Evon Barnes, Daniel Jones, Christoher Godbey, Jean-Paul Bourelly
"Higher" Robyn Fenty, Ernest Wilson, James Fauntleroy, Jerry Butler, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
"Pose" Robyn Fenty, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster
"Hard II Love" Usher Hard II Love Usher Raymond IV, Yonatan Ayal
"Bad to the Bone"
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
Little Simz Stillness in Wonderland Featured artist/Co-writer Simbiatu Abiola, Ebony Oshunrinde, Bryan "Eastbound" Anthony
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
Age 101: Drop X Simbiatu Abiola
"I Have Questions" 2017 Camila Cabello Non-album single Co-writer Karla Estrabao, Jesse Shatkin
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
Little Simz Stillness in Wonderland Featured artist/Co-writer Simbiatu Abiola, Mathieu Rakotozafy
"Cover Girls"
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
Hitimpulse Non-album single Thomas Baxter, Adam Midgley, Gerard O'Connell
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign & 2 Chainz)
2018 Christina Aguilera Liberation Co-writer Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Michael Dean, Christopher Pope, Ernest Brown, Carlton Mays Jr., Ilsey Juber, Taylor Parks, Kirby Lauryen Dockery, Tyrone Griffin Jr., Tauheed Epps, Ronald Brown
"Tie Me Down"
(with Elley Duhé)
Gryffin TBA Daniel Griffith, Aaron Forbes, Jussi Karvinen, Nathaniel Cyphert, Sarah Aarons
"GTFO" Mariah Carey Caution Mariah Carey, Paul Jeffries, Jordan Manswell, Porter Robinson
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
Jacob Banks Village Featured artist/Co-writer Jacob Banks, Ryan Vojtesak
"Stupid World"
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
Hermitude Non-album single Angus Stuart, Luke Dubber


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  2. ^ Gore, Sydney (11 December 2015). "Bibi Bourelly's "Ego" Makes Its Video Debut". Nylon. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  3. ^ Zadeh, Joe (4 April 2015). "Meet the 20-Year-Old Girl Who Wrote Rihanna's "BBHMM"". Noisey. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b Golden, Zara (13 April 2015). "Rihanna Songwriter Bibi Bourelly Premieres A Song Of Her Own, "Riot"". The Fader. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b c McKinney, Kelsey (18 January 2016). "What do you do after you've written a song for Rihanna? We asked Bibi Bourelly". Fusion. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Howard, Ty (3 July 2015). "Lil Wayne f/ Bibi Bourelly – Without You [Prod. by Nascent & Sakwe]". Fake Shore Drive. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  7. ^ Nixon, Khari (2 February 2016). "Watch Usher's New Video, "Chains," Featuring Nas & Bibi Bourelly". The Source. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  8. ^ Fleischer, Adam (14 April 2015). "Rihanna's 'BBHMM' Songwriter Can Sing, Too! Listen To 'Riot'". MTV. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ Molin, Tina (18 May 2015). "Diese Berlinerin schreibt die Hits für Rihanna". (in German). Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  10. ^ a b c Mitchell, Julian (20 April 2015). "Bibi Bourelly: The Writer Behind Rihanna's 'BBHMM' Talks Risk, Imagination and Living Uncensored". Forbes. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  11. ^ a b Augustin, Camille (17 April 2015). "Views From The Studio With… Songwriter Bibi Bourelly". Vibe. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  12. ^ a b Barsky, Alice (28 October 2015). "Bibi Bourelly, the Mastermind Behind "BBHMM," Releases Her Debut Single "Ego"". Paste. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  13. ^ a b Platon, Adelle (19 February 2016). "Bibi Bourelly Talks Singing Through Her Pain, Writing for Rihanna & New Single 'Sally'". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  14. ^ Hanra, Hanna (December 11, 2015). "Interview with Bibi Bourelly". Beat Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  15. ^ @BibiBourelly (7 April 2018). "...I have dual citizenship though..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Eggert, Jessica (28 January 2016). "Who Is Bibi Bourelly? Songwriter Behind Rihanna's "Higher" Wrote the Track in 20 Minutes". Mic. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Selena Gomez - Revival". Discogs. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  18. ^ Caramanica, Jon (21 October 2015). "Review: Tidal X Concert Proves a Thudding Marathon at Barclays". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  19. ^ "Spotify's Top 10 Most Viral Tracks". Associated Press. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  20. ^ Zeichner, Naomi (11 December 2015). "Bibi Bourelly's "Ego" Video Is Flawlessly Raw". The Fader. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  21. ^ Josephs, Brian (13 June 2016). "Bibi Bourelly Fights for Equality in Riot Video". Spin. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  22. ^ Younger, Briana (4 September 2016). "Maryland native Bibi Bourelly enchants at U Street". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Why Bibi Bourelly Refuses to Let Failure Define Her". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  24. ^ Bibi (2017-08-01). "MY NEXT PROJECT IS CALLED 'BOY' / A LIVE STUDIO EP / 4-PART PERFORMANCE VIDEO / 7 INTIMATE ACOUSTIC SHOWS /// COMING". @BibiBourelly. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  25. ^ "Bibi Bourelly - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  26. ^ "Nick Brewer ft Bibi Bourelly". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 February 2016.

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