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Background information
Birth name Beatrice Kristi Ilejay Laus
Also known as
  • Bea Kristi
Born (2000-06-03) 3 June 2000 (age 23)
Iloilo City, Philippines
Origin London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2017–present
Labels
  • Dirty Hit
Associated acts Powfu, Clairo, Cavetown, PinkPanthress eheyu

Beatrice Kristi Ilejay Laus (born 3 June 2000), known professionally as beabadoobee (/bbəˈdb/; BEE-bə-DOO-bee), is an ethnic Filipino singer and songwriter who grew up in West London. From 2018 to 2021, she released five extended plays under the independent label Dirty Hit: Lice (2018), Patched Up (2018), Loveworm (2019), Space Cadet (2019) and Our Extended Play (2021). Her debut studio album, Fake It Flowers, was released in October 2020 and received critical acclaim. Her second studio album, Beatopia, was released on July 15, 2022.

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. In 2023, Beabadoobee was a supporting act for Taylor Swift during The Eras Tour.

Early life and education

Laus was born in Iloilo City in the Philippines on 3 June 2000 and moved to London with her parents at the age of 3. 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 artists including Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Florist and Alex G. She was educated at Sacred Heart High School before completing her thirteenth year at Hammersmith Academy. Laus spent seven years learning to play the violin, before getting her first guitar second-hand at the age of 17. She also learned through watching YouTube tutorials produced by other accomplished guitarists. She was inspired by Kimya Dawson and the Juno soundtrack to start making music.

Career

2017–2019: "Coffee" and early EPs

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

In September 2019, Beabadoobee embarked on her first tour supporting Clairo on her Immunity Tour, before releasing her fourth EP, Space Cadet, in October 2019. Beabadoobee subsequently made the front cover of NME on 25 October 2019. She was shortlisted for the Rising Star Award at the 2020 Brit Awards in December 2019. 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. In December 2019, Beabadoobee was longlisted in the annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2020.

2020–present: "Death Bed", Fake It Flowers, Our Extended Play, and Beatopia

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

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, becoming Beabadoobee's first official chart entry in her career, both locally and internationally. 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."

Beabadoobee announced her debut studio album, Fake It Flowers, and released its lead single "Care" on 14 July 2020. 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. Beabadoobee released "Worth It" as the third single, "How Was Your Day?" as the fourth single, and "Together" as the fifth and final single of Fake It Flowers. The album was released on 16 October 2020 to critical acclaim and spent one week in the UK Albums Chart at number 8. According to sales in the United States, Billboard ranked Beabadoobee as the Top New Rock Artist of 2020. In 2021, Beabadoobee embarked on a headlining tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland to support the album.

Beabadoobee released the single "Last Day on Earth" on 24 March, produced and co-written by Matty Healy and George Daniel of the 1975. The artist announced that the single is taken from her EP Our Extended Play, which she said that she wrote with her labelmates "on the countryside".

Her second album, Beatopia, was announced on 23 March 2022. It was released on 15 July 2022 through Dirty Hit.

In January 2023, Beabadoobee posted the snippet of an unreleased song on TikTok, which soon went viral across the social media platform. "Glue Song" was later released on Valentine's Day, 14 February 2023, with another version featuring artist Clairo released on 17 April 2023.

Starting in March 2023, Beabadoobee toured in Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark. Beabadoobee also performed as an opening act on twelve shows of the US leg of Taylor Swift's 2023 The Eras Tour.

On June 29, Beabadoobee announced that she would cancel her European tour due to an unspecified illness.

On July 11, Beabadoobee announced a new single "the way things go" which was released on July 18 at 7 pm BST.

Personal life

Laus identifies as bisexual.

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with release date and label shown
Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
UK
Indie
AUS
IRL
JPN
SCO
US
US
Alt
US
Indie
US
Rock
Fake It Flowers 8 3 96 88 106 3 189 13 40 28
Beatopia
  • Released: 15 July 2022
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette, digital download, streaming
4 1 19 50 64 3 32
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Extended plays

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

UK
Indie
SCO
Lice
  • Released: 28 February 2018
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Patched Up
  • Released: 7 December 2018
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, CS, digital download, streaming
Loveworm
  • Released: 26 April 2019
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, CS, digital download, streaming
49
Loveworm (Bedroom Sessions)
  • Released: 9 July 2019
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, digital download, streaming
77 28 65
Space Cadet
  • Released: 14 October 2019
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, digital download, streaming
Our Extended Play
  • Released: 23 June 2021
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, digital download, streaming
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Singles

As lead artist

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

CAN
ICE
IRE
JPN
Over.
NLD
Air.
NZ
Hot
US
Bub.
US
Rock
"Coffee" 2017 non-album single
"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"
"Care" 2020 46 15 Fake It Flowers
"Sorry"
"Worth It" 14 12
"How Was Your Day?"
"Together"
"Last Day on Earth" 2021 27 12 Our Extended Play
"Cologne"
"Talk" 2022 12 Beatopia
"See You Soon"
"Lovesong"
"10:36"
"The Perfect Pair" 9 33
"Glue Song" 2023 38 75 56 13 11 13 12 non-album single
"The Way Things Go" 86 20 26 rowspan="2" 0TBA
"A Night to Remember"
(with Laufey)
84 3 17 25
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

As featured artist

List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions and album details shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
AUS
CAN
FIN
IRE
NL
NOR
NZ
SWE
US
"Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head)"
(Powfu featuring Beabadoobee)
2020 4 5 11 9 7 11 14 5 15 23
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum
  • BEA: Gold
  • BPI: 2× Platinum
  • FIMI: Platinum
  • MC: 3× Platinum
  • RMNZ: Platinum
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum
Poems of the Past
"Silver into Rain"
(Luna Li featuring Beabadoobee)
2022 Duality
"iScream"
(Deaton Chris Anthony with Beabadoobee)
SID THE KID
"Fall in Love with a Girl"
(Cavetown featuring Beabadoobee)
Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Other charted songs

List of songs, with year released, selected chart positions and album details shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
JPN
Over.
"He Gets Me So High" 2021 20 Our Extended Play

Tours

Beabadoobee - Care (Acoustic), Upclose Deluxeds16.9 2020
Beabadoobee - Care (Acoustic), Upclose Deluxeds16.9 2020

Headlining

  • Fake It Flowers Tour (2021)
  • US Tour 2022 (2022)
  • Beatopia Tour (2022)
  • US Summer Tour (2023)

Supporting

  • Clairo - Immunity Tour (2019)
  • The 1975 - Music for Cars Tour (2020)
  • Halsey - Love and Power Tour (2022)
  • Taylor Swift - The Eras Tour (2023)

Awards and nominations

Organization Year Award Work Result Ref.
AIM Independent Music Awards 2021 Best Live Streamed Act Herself Nominated
Brit Awards 2020 Rising Star Nominated
BBC 2020 Sound of 2020 Longlisted
NME Awards 2020 Radar Award Won
UK Music Video Awards 2019 Best Rock Video - Newcomer "Disappear" Nominated
2020 "I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus" Nominated
2021 Best Rock Video - UK "Last Day on Earth" Won
2022 Best Pop Video - Newcomer "Fall in Love with a Girl" (with Cavetown) Won
2023 "Glue Song" Nominated

See also

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