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Bad Gyal in 2018
Alba Farelo i Solé

(1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 26)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • DJ
  • model
Years active 2016–present
  • Eduard Farelo [ca; es] (father)
Musical career

Alba Farelo i Solé (born 7 March 1997), known professionally as Bad Gyal, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, DJ and model. Known for her distinctive overall use of Auto-Tune, Bad Gyal has developed a strong cult following ever since her musical career began in 2016 with her interpretation of Rihanna's "Work" in the Catalan language. She then continued to make music as an independent artist, releasing records like "Indapanden", "Jacaranda" or "Fiebre". Bad Gyal later released two mixtapes: Slow Wine Mixtape (2016) and Worldwide Angel (2018), which consecrated her as an emerging artist within the Spanish urban scene.

Farelo signed Interscope and Aftercluv a year later and saw mainstream acclaim with songs like "Santa María", "Zorra" or "Alocao", the latter becoming the number-one song in Spain in 2019. 2021 saw the release of her first project as a signed artist Warm Up, as well as the three-sided single Soundsystem: The Final Releases.

Other ventures of Bad Gyal besides music include fashion and modelling. She made her modelling debut at Andrés Sardá's Spring/Summer 2022 show at Madrid Fashion Week. As for social activism, Farelo has been an advocate for gender equality, LGBT rights and social justice.

Early life

Alba Farelo i Solé was born on 7 March 1997 in Vilassar de Mar, Barcelona. The eldest of five children, Farelo is the daughter of Eduard Farelo [ca; es], a voice actor who worked for international productions such as The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. After taking selectividad, Farelo studied a degree in fashion design at the University of Barcelona. While attending university and working at a call centre, she released "Pai" in April 2016, an adaptation of "Work" by Rihanna in the Catalan language. She stated that she never meant for that song to become viral and that she just did it to create a funny memory with her group of friends. However, with that video Farelo became one of the first artists to sing typically Latin music genres in Catalan and was named one of the biggest musical promises in Spain after the cover was picked up by a local radio. While working in a bakery in her hometown, she decided to drop out of college to pursue a serious career in the music industry. She began as an independent artist singing covers and playing music in nightclubs in the province of Barcelona. She later became more interested in producing her own music and, with the money she made out of these gigs, she rented recording studios for limited hours and hired some producers. She would then release "Indapanden" and "No Pierdo Nada", among other songs produced by Fakeguido.


2016–2018: Slow Wine Mixtape and Worldwide Angel

"Pai" gained popularity on YouTube, and was picked up by a local radio, which led to the creation of a mixtape, Slow Wine Mixtape, with producer Pablo Martínez. The mixtape was released on 9 November 2016. Through that era, she hit a page on several professional music magazines and websites including Pitchfork and Fact. Fact named her song "Jacaranda" the number 1 single of 2017. After releasing the mixtape's debut single "Fiebre", Bad Gyal started to grow exponentially in the areas of El Maresme, Barcelona, and other points of Spain. Throughout the years, the song has developed a cult following and has been catalogued as a must play at clubs and music festivals. As "Fiebre" was having a lot of success, she was offered many record deals, which she turned down after some legal advises by lawyers and her dream to continue as an independent artist. The success of the mixtape and its critical acclaim led Farelo to perform at several festivals in Iceland and Japan, as well as the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in Los Angeles, and Sónar in Barcelona. In late 2017 she also toured Mexico and the US.

In February 2018, she released her second mixtape to critical acclaim, which she titled Worldwide Angel. The album was licensed and distributed with Canada Editorial. The mixtape was produced by Jam City, Dubbel Dutch, Florentino and El Guincho. It spawned many singles including "Blink", "Candela" and "Internationally". The last one was included in the digital soundtrack of the first season of the Netflix teen drama series Élite and was featured in an episode. To promote the album, she took part of international festivals such as SXSW and Lollapalooza and toured once again the United States. During winter season she embarked on her first Asian tour, which visited countries like Japan, China and the Philippines. She also released "Open the Door" featuring Jamaican singer Govana, "Yo Sigo Iual" and "Unknown Feeling".

2019–2021: Commercial breakthrough and Warm Up

Formerly signed with the production company Canada Editorial, in April 2019 it was announced Farelo had signed with Interscope Records and Aftercluv Dance Lab. The next month she was featured in Spanish Vogue. As a signed artist, Farelo moved to a more mainstream field with her first release being the long-anticipated "Santa María" featuring Busy Signal. It was released in parallel with "Milionària" by Rosalía, in which some called "the biggest musical weekend celebration in recent Catalan music memory". It marked Farelo's first charting song in Spain. It was later certified gold. A couple weeks later she released its B-side track, "Hookah", which peaked at 55 in Spain. During the summer she embarked on her third solo tour Bad Gyal Soundsystem, which visited many festivals including Sónar, Jameson Urban Routes, Hellow, Arenal Sound and Ceremonia, among others. In October 2019 Farelo collaborated with Omar Montes on "Alocao", which eventually became huge in Spain and selected parts of Latin America. The song peaked at number one in Spain for several weeks and was certified five times platinum. Two months later, she released her biggest commercial solo track to date, "Zorra", which peaked at number two and was certified three times platinum in Spain. Bad Gyal offered two major solo sold-out concerts at Razzmatazz and another sold-out one at La Riviera. The Soundsystem show was expected to begin a major Spanish and Latin American leg starting 8 March 2020, but could only do three shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Appearances at festivals like Estéreo Picnic and Primavera Sound were cancelled while the whole tour was postponed to 2021.

During the pandemic, Farelo was featured on Kafu Banton's "Tú eres un bom bom", which would later be remixed in collaboration with Guaynaa. She also released "Aprendiendo el sexo" later on, with a music video produced by Canada and filmed at the luxurious W Hotel Barcelona. In November, she paired with Juanka and released "Blin blin" to commercial success and the acclaim of the general public. The track became viral in her home country and had a significant use on TikTok. She also partnered with Vodafone and offered a unique virtual concert.

..... The EP peaked at 5 in Spain. She also collaborated with clothing brand Bershka and released an exclusive clothing line. On 25 June, she collaborated with Mariah Angeliq and María Becerra on "Bobo", which sampled TLC's "No Scrubs" and sparked controversy due to similarity with Luchy DR's "Bufón". As tour season came to an end, Farelo published "Flow 2000" as well as the three-side single Soundsystem: the Final Releases featuring songs she had been performing live for years yet remained unreleased. She parallelly released "A la mía" exclusively for the Grand Theft Auto Online radio station Motomami Los Santos hosted by Rosalía and Arca.

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations received by Bad Gyal
Ceremony Year Recipient Category Result
Los 40 Music Awards 2022 Herself Best Urban Act Pending
ARC Awards 2021 Herself Best Self-Titled Artist Tour Won
Juventud Awards 2022 New Female Artist Nominated
Latin Music Italian Awards [it] 2020 "Alocao" (with Omar Montes) Best Eurolatino Song Won
Odeón Awards 2021 [es] "Alocao" (with Omar Montes) Best Urban Song Nominated
Herself Breakthrough Urban Artist Nominated
2022 [es] Urban Artist Nominated
Warm Up Album of the Year Nominated
Best Urban Album Nominated
"44" (with Rema) Best Urban Song Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards 2022 Herself Best Spanish Act Won
Tu Música Urbano Awards 2022 Best New Female Artist Nominated



List of mixtapes, with selected details, and chart positions
Title Details Peaks
Slow Wine Mixtape 75
Worldwide Angel
  • Released: 23 February 2018
  • Label: Puro/Canada
  • Format: digital download, streaming

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected details, and chart positions
Title Details Peaks
Warm Up
  • Released: 19 March 2021
  • Label: Aftercluv/Interscope
  • Format: digital download, streaming


As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released, chart positions, certifications, and originating album
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Mercadona" 2016 Slow Wine Mixtape
(featuring Dubbel Dutch)
2017 non-album single
"Nicest Cocky"
(featuring Paul Marmota)
(featuring Florentino)
2018 Worldwide Angel
(featuring Dubbel Dutch)
"Por ti"
(with Florentino)
(featuring Jam City and Dubbel Dutch)
Worldwide Angel
"Más raro" non-album single
"Open the Door"
(with Govana featuring DJ Papis)
"Yo sigo iual"
(featuring Fakeguido and El Guincho)
Worldwide Angel
"Unknown Feeling"
(featuring Qraig Voicemail)
non-album single
"Santa María"
(featuring Busy Signal)
2019 14
"Hookah" 55 11
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum
(with Omar Montes)
  • PROMUSICAE: 5× Platinum
(solo or with Rauw Alejandro)
  • PROMUSICAE: 3× Platinum
"Tú eres un bom bom (remix)"
(with Kafu Banton or version with Kafu Banton and Guaynaa)
2020 9
"Aprendiendo el sexo" 29 Warm Up
"Blin blin"
(featuring Juanka)
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum
(featuring El Guincho)
2021 50
(featuring Khea)
(featuring Rema)
(with Mariah Angeliq and María Becerra)
41 96 La tóxica
"Esta noche"
(with Lalo Ebratt)
non-album single
"Flow 2000"
(solo or featuring Beny Jr)
"Formosa (remix)"
(with Kaio Viana and Toy el Frio featuring MC CJ)
2022 non-album single
"La prendo" 22
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum
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"Tremendo culón" 92
"..." 62
"Sin carné" 35
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released, and originating album
Title Year Album
(Lowlight featuring Bad Gyal and Demaro Small)
2017 Dopamine

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles, showing year released, chart positions, certifications, and originating album
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Pai" 2016 non-album single
"No pierdo nada"
"Nueva York (tot*)" 2021 5
Sound System: The Final Releases
"Su payita (gramos)" 18
"Slim Thick" 43
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of other charted songs, showing year released, chart positions, and originating album
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Gasto" 2021 99 Warm Up
"Iconic" 91

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released, other performing artists, and originating album
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Con mis niñas" 2016 Khaled
Ms Nina
non-album single
"Tra" 2018 Soto Asa Down Music
"Kiyaera" 2020 Coupé


Music videos

List of music videos as lead and featured artist, showing year released, other featured artists, and directors
Title Year Other artist(s) Director(s)
As lead artist
"Pai" 2016 None Pol Renom
"Leiriss" Fakeguido
"No pierdo nada" None Unknown
"Mercadona" Pol Renom
"Fiebre" Unknown
"Jacaranda" 2017 Dubbel Dutch Alexis Gómez
"Nicest Cocky" Paul Marmota Roger Guàrdia
"Blink" 2018 Florentino Alexis Gómez
"Candela" Dubbel Dutch Manson
"Por ti" Florentino Alexis Gómez
"Internationally" Jam City
Dubbel Dutch
Bàrbara Farré
"Más raro" Cadenza Kirx
"Open the Door" Govana
DJ Papis
Roger "Ruption" Walker
"Yo sigo iual" Fakeguido
El Guincho
Cyprien Clément-Delmas
"Unknown Feeling" 2019 Fakeguido
Qraig Voicemail
Andrei Warren
Alexandra Oepeda
"Santa María" Busy Signal Unknown
"Hookah" None Miguel Ángulo
"Alocao" Omar Montes Fabricio Jiménez
"Zorra" None Manson
"Tú eres un bom bom (remix)" 2020 Kafu Banton Laura Vifer
"Aprendiendo el sexo" None Manson
"Blin blin" 2021 Juanka Pawla Casanovas
Javier Peralvo
"Zorra (remix)" Rauw Alejandro
"..." El Guincho
"Judas" Khea
"44" Rema
"Bobo" Mariah Angeliq
María Becerra
Iohana Sagaro
"Esta noche" Lalo Ebratt Andrés Gómez
"Flow 2000" None Bad Gyal
"Slim Thick" Ismael OkBye
"Flow 2000 (remix)" 2022 Beny Jr Javier Peralvo
"La prendo" None Luca Dobry
"Tremendo culón"
"Sin carné" Manson
As featured artist
"Commotion" 2017 Lowlight
Demaro Small
Laura Martínova


Year Title Role
2019 La hora musa [es] Performer
2020 Gaudir Co-protagonist
2021 Maestros de la costura [es] Guest appearance
Drag Race España Guest judge



  • Slow Wine Tour (2017)
  • International Bad Gyal Sound System (2019–2021)
  • La Joia Tour (2022)
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