Beatrice Kristi Laus, known professionally as Beabadoobee, is a Filipino-born British singer-songwriter. From 2018 to 2019, she released four extended plays under the independent label Dirty Hit: Lice, Patched Up, Loveworm and Space Cadet. Beabadoobee has been the recipient of various accolades including being presented with the Radar Award at the NME Awards in 2020 and getting noted to be a breakthrough act for 2020 in the annual BBC poll of music critics Sound of 2020.
Nickname Bea, Beabadoobee
Occupation Singer-songwriter, Social media personality, Producer
Years active 2017–present
Born June 03, 2000, 21 years and 2 months, Iloilo City, Philippines
Sun Sign Gemini
Height 5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
Hair Color Black. She often tends to dye her hair in different shades.
Eye Color Dark Brown
Measurements 34-26-35 inches – 86-66-89 cm
Bra size 34A
Genre Indie Rock, Space Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Pop, Lo-Fi Music, Folk-Pop, Bedroom Pop
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
She attended Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith, London for her high school education and she was expelled before completing her thirteenth year at Hammersmith Academy for her sixth form education.
Beabadoobee aka Beatrice Kristi Laus shot to fame with the single Coffee (2017), her guitar-heavy DIY brand of indie-pop having struck a chord and the number having got streamed more than 13 million times on Spotify alone. She gained further popularity after releasing several other songs including Susie May (2018), Patched Up (2018), many EPs such as Lice (2018), Space Cadet (2019) and Loveworm (2019), and a number of studio albums like Fake It Flowers (2020). Beabadoobee has been the recipient of various accolades including being presented with the Radar Award at the NME Awards in 2020 and getting noted to be a breakthrough act for 2020 in the annual BBC poll of music critics Sound of 2020. She has built a strong fanbase, with her Instagram account having accumulated more than a million followers.
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.
Laus 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 including Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Florist and Alex G. Laus spent seven years learning to play the violin, before getting her first guitar second-hand at the age of 17. She taught herself how to play the instrument using YouTube tutorials. She was inspired by Kimya Dawson and the Juno soundtrack to start making music.
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. In July 2019, Beabadoobee later released an acoustic version of this EP and titled it Loveworm (Bedroom Sessions).
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” and Fake It Flowers
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 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. In 2021, Beabadoobee will embark on a headlining tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland to support the album.
Artistry and reception
Beabadoobee has cited Elliott Smith, The Moldy Peaches, Pavement, Mazzy Star, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Daniel Johnston as her musical influences. She has told Vice that she plans on making film soundtracks in the future, as they heavily inspired her to make music. On her background and using YouTube to find success, she said:
“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.
Freckles on her face
Tattoos on her body
Beabadoobee Favorite Things
Soundtracks – Those for Good Will Hunting by Elliott Smith and But I’m a Cheerleader.
Net Worth of $2 million (2020)
She had shifted to London with her parents when she was 3 years old and had grown up in West London listening to original Pinoy music along with pop and rock music from the 1980s.
Beabadoobee has recalled that the first time she had made money out of being a musician had been when her friend had put her music on Bandcamp. She was still in school getting pocket money from her parents, and so had got very pleased to manage to earn money herself.
She had started to learn to play the guitar at the age of 17, after getting the instrument second-hand. Prior to that, she had spent around 7 years learning to play the violin.
She taught herself how to play the instrument using YouTube tutorials.
Her name Beabadoobee had once been a Finstagram handle that got repurposed into her stage name.
Her friends have liked to call her Bea.
Her boyfriend was the inspiration behind her beautifully low-fi debut single Coffee.
Beabadoobee has revealed that she has felt like nobody has known her as well as her bedroom, as it saw her go through the worst as well as the best times of her life. It has been the place where she has written her music and pursued her various other creative outlets. There has been a nook above her bed where Beabadoobee has made a mood board–like gallery that is wall pinned with pictures of her most-loved film posters and at other areas of the room, she has doodled on the wall using pastels and paints.
Beabadoobee has pointed out that her bedroom has always been very cluttered and messy, that has reflected her thinking patterns as she has many things happening in her brain all the time. When it has come to clothes, she has usually got so indecisive that she has found herself just throwing everything on and ending up layering.
She has cited Elliott Smith, The Mouldy Peaches, Pavement, Mazzy Star, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Daniel Johnston as her musical influences.
In February 2020, Kristi performed at the 2020 NME Awards after winning the Radar Award.