Beabadoobee. Image via Jordan Curtis Hughes

Beabadoobee: Teen’s ‘unprofessional’ song shoots her to stardom

Twenty-year-old Bea Kristi, or Beabadoobee, who has been hailed as the voice of Generation Z, recently released her debut album.


Beabadoobee. Image via Jordan Curtis Hughes

Alternative rock artist, Bea Kristi, also known as Beabadoobee, has released her highly anticipated 12-track album following the success of her four EPs.

Fake It Flowers was released on 16 October 2020 and is available on digital platforms, can be streamed live and is also available on CD.

Her sound, inspired by the likes of Elliott Smith, The Mouldy Peaches, Pavement and Mazzy Star, is intimate. The sound of Fake It Flowers arguably pays tribute to various genres of the 90s in a way that honours the past while still feeling fresh.

HOW Beabadoobee SHOT TO FAME

Three years ago, 17-year-old Beatrice Laus posted a video online of her first song that she wrote using her second hand guitar.

Beabadoobee, as she’s popularly known, wrote the song for her friends after she was expelled from school for bad grades and bad behaviour.  

Fast forward to 2020 and Laus has become an internet sensation.

Her song has 49 million plays (and counting) on Spotify and has landed her a record deal with Dirty Hit Records joining the 1975, Wolf Alice and Rina Sawayama amongst others.  

A sample of Beabadoobee’s 2017 debut single Coffee was used on Canadian rapper Powfu’s 2019 single, Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head).

In early 2020, the song became a massively successful hit after going viral on TikTok with over 10 billion plays in just three months. Coffee was Beabadoobee’s first official chart entry in her career, both locally and internationally.  


In numerous interviews, Laus has been vocal about how “intense” school was for her, even before being expelled. She has managed to channel her depression and drug addiction into songs that were inspired by her heroes.

Her experience has helped other young people as well who have been through and are still going through a similar experience to hers and this has made her their hero.

This is evident by the number of pages online filled with tutorials on how to achieve her make-up and fashion sense. Apart from that, the 20-year-old sings about self-harm, abusive relationships, depression and many challenges that this generation faces.


  • The 20 year old Filipino-born British singer has a YouTube channel with over 390,000 subscribers and 30,051,909 views.
  • She was designated for the Rising Star Award this year in 2020.
  • By April 2020, her song Coffee 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, the UK and Italy — a first for Beebadoobee in all regions.
  • Before her album, Beebadoobee had released four EPs titled Lice (2018), Patched Up (2018), Loveworm (2019) and Space Cadet (2019). These EPs were nominated for a number of awards and some certified platinum.