Bibi Bourelly

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Bibi Bourelly
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Background information
Birth name Badriia Ines Bourelly
Also known as Bibi Bourelly
Born (1994-07-14) 14 July 1994 (age 23)
Berlin, Germany
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2015–present
Labels
Associated acts

Badriia Ines "Bibi" Bourelly (born 14 July 1994) is a 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 preparation for the release of her debut studio album later in 2016.[5][8]

Early life

Bardriia 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]

Career

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][15]

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,[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] 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 Brranwen Okpako.[19]

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.[20][21] She was also featured in the well-known Women Who Dare campaign by Harper's Bazaar alongside Hillary Clinton, Iskra Lawrence, and Uma Thurman.[22]

Discography

EPs

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)[23]
  • Released: August 18, 2017
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Format: Digital download

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US
Emerging

[24]
"Riot" 2015 Free The Real (Pt. #1)
"Ego" 33
"Sally" 2016 8
"Perfect."
(with Earl St. Clair)
35 Free The Real (Pt. #2)
"Ballin" 33
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
UK
[25]
"Talk to Me"
(Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly)
2015 19 Recreation
"Chains"
(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

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

Song Year Artist Album Notes
"Bitch Better Have My Money"[4] 2015 Rihanna Non-album single US #15[26]
"Talk to Me"[5] Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly Recreation UK #19[25]
"Camouflage"[16] Selena Gomez Revival
"Yeah, I Said It"[27] 2016 Rihanna ANTI
"Higher"[27]
"Pose"[27]
"Need U"[28] Usher Hard II Love
"Hard II Love"[29]
"I Have Questions" 2017 Camila Cabello The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. Also backing singer

References

  1. ^ a b Schnipper, Matthew (29 October 2015). "Bibi Bourelly - "Ego"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  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 c 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 d 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". www.morgenpost.de (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. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ a b "Selena Gomez - Revival". www.discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  17. ^ Caramanica, Jon (21 October 2015). "Review: Tidal X Concert Proves a Thudding Marathon at Barclays". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Spotify's Top 10 Most Viral Tracks". Associated Press. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  19. ^ Zeichner, Naomi (11 December 2015). "Bibi Bourelly's "Ego" Video Is Flawlessly Raw". The Fader. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  20. ^ Josephs, Brian (13 June 2016). "Bibi Bourelly Fights for Equality in Riot Video". Spin. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  21. ^ Younger, Briana (4 September 2016). "Maryland native Bibi Bourelly enchants at U Street". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "Why Bibi Bourelly Refuses to Let Failure Define Her". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  23. ^ Bibi (2017-08-01). "MY NEXT PROJECT IS CALLED 'BOY' / A LIVE STUDIO EP / 4-PART PERFORMANCE VIDEO / 7 INTIMATE ACOUSTIC SHOWS /// COMING SOON.pic.twitter.com/fMgq7F09j1". @BibiBourelly. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  24. ^ "Bibi Bourelly - Chart History". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  25. ^ a b "Nick Brewer ft Bibi Bourelly". www.officialcharts.com. UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  26. ^ "Rihanna - Chart History". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  27. ^ a b c "ANTI (Deluxe Edition) | Rihanna". www.rihannanow.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  28. ^ "Bibi Bourelly | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  29. ^ "Hard II Love - Usher | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 

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