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Beabadoobee is single-handedly making Indie Rock cool again. Hip Hop is 2020’s most-streamed genre, which makes Bea’s digital rise all the more intriguing. The 20-year-old planned to become a nursery teacher before she got kicked out of Sixth Form. Her dad bought her a second-hand guitar to kill her boredom, and that’s when she wrote her first song Coffee. The sweet acoustic number took on a life of its own after a friend uploaded it to Soundcloud, and its YouTube re-upload quickly gained 300,000 views. “I guess it happened without me realising,” laughs Bea. Two years later, Canadian singer Powfu sampled the chorus in his viral TikTok hit Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head), which currently has over half a billion Spotify streams. “It’s one of my purest songs,” Bea smiles. “I never really expected that to happen.”

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