Spanish-Catalan singer Bad Gyal has signed a worldwide exclusive recording deal with Interscope Records and Aftercluv, the two labels announced Tuesday (April 30).
Bad Gyal, born Alba Farelo, rose to prominence after her cover of Rihanna‘s “Work” went viral in 2016. Farelo’s rendition, titled “Pai,” adapted the lyrics in a blend of Catalan, Spanish and English. Since then, the breakout artist has played world tours, sold out Spain’s largest venues and dropped hit tracks like “Mercadona” and “Fiebre” that have amassed millions of streams and YouTube views.
“Bad Gyal has already made massive inroads in the underground music scene in Spain, and we can’t wait to see how she connects here in the U.S.,” says Sam Riback, head of A&R for Interscope Geffen A&M, in a statement. “When Matt Morris on my team first introduced me to Bad Gyal’s music I knew she was a force of nature, with a sound that really defies categorization. She just pulls from so many different genres. We’re really excited to partner with Aftercluv to bring her music to scale globally.”
The deal comes shortly after Interscope inked a seven-figure deal with rising Latinx artist Cuco last month. The joint partnership between Interscope and Aftercluv, Universal Music Latin Entertainment’s global dance culture division, for Bad Gyal is the first of its kind for the two Universal Music Group labels.
A statement from Aftercluv’s managing director Luis Estrada added that “Bad Gyal is unapologetically herself, weaving in and out of musical genres and styles, creating a whirlwind of music that she presents to her fans without labels or conditions. She is a perfect match for Aftercluv’s philosophy of blurring the lines between cultures and genres, and our partnership with Interscope — one of the most iconic labels of all time — is an unbeatable platform for her development to stardom. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Bad Gyal, her team and our colleagues at Interscope.”
Bad Gyal has drawn inspiration from a number of global dance-culture moments — from dancehall in Jamaica to Panamanian reggaeton. The Spanish singer has achieved rising fame both in Spain and internationally, praised for her distinct musical style, trillingual vocals and unwavering confidence.
“This decision is a huge deal for me,” says Bad Gyal. “I’ve been patient, I’ve waited for the right moment, for myself and my career, and I think now’s the time. I’m willing to start, I’m full of energy, and I’m ready to work with both label teams to boost my creativity and do my best. I’ll still be the same, but we’re gonna take things to the next level.”