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Bia
Bia in February 2017
Bia in February 2017
Background information
Birth nameBianca Landrau
Also known asPerico Princess[1]
Born (1991-08-16) August 16, 1991 (age 29)
Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • model
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteofficialbia.com

Bianca Landrau (born August 16, 1991), professionally known as Bia (stylized as BIA), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and model who debuted on the Oxygen reality television show Sisterhood of Hip Hop. She signed to Pharrell's I Am Other record label, in partnership with RCA Records in 2014. In 2016, Bia was featured on the Latin single "Safari" by J Balvin and on the single "Best on Earth" by Russ in 2019. Bia would later go on to sign a new record deal & licensing deal with Sony's Epic Records in early 2020.

Early life

Bia is originally from Medford, Massachusetts and graduated from Medford High School.[2] She is of Puerto Rican and Italian descent.[3][4] According to an interview with Oxygen's website, she spoke about wanting to become a rapper at a young age after attending studio sessions with rappers and helping them record.[5] Bia attended college briefly, but after realizing it didn't suit her, she dropped out and began bartending to pay for studio time.[6] She moved to Los Angeles full time in 2017.[7]

Career

2014–2015: Career beginnings and #CHOLASEASON

Bia was initially discovered by rapper Fam-Lay through YouTube and who later introduced her to Pharrell.[1] Bia starred on the first two seasons of the Oxygen reality television show Sisterhood of Hip Hop. In 2014, she signed to the i Am Other music label as part of a collaboration with RCA Records and began working with T.I as well as singers Jennifer Hudson and Usher.[4][5] Later that year, Bia released a mixtape entitled #CHOLASEASON. In an interview with radio station Hot 97's morning show Ebro in the Morning in September 2015, she revealed that she will not be back for season 3 of Sisterhood of Hip Hop.[4]

2016–2018: Touring and Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado

Bia served as the opening act for Pusha-T's Darkest Before the Dawn Tour in March and April 2016.[8] The next month, Bia alongside Victoria Monét, were the main support acts for the European leg of Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour.[9] Bia also opened for select dates during the North American leg. Bia was featured on J Balvin's song "Safari", released as a single in May 2016. The track topped the charts in Mexico and Spain[10][11] as well as peaking at #3 on the US Latin Charts.[12]

In 2016, Bia released the singles “Whip It” and “Gucci Comin’ Home”.[7] These singles would be followed by “Badside” and “Fungshway” which were both released in 2017.[13] All four singles were intended to be included on Bia’s then-upcoming debut EP titled Trap Vogue, to be followed by her debut album. Bia described the project as "high energy with Latin elements mixed in".[14] Bia also revealed that the song "Esta Noche" featuring Grande, which was performed during Bia's opening set for the Dangerous Woman Tour,[15] would be included on the project. Bia eventually scrapped the project in favor of new material.[7]

Bia was featured on the track "Miami" from Kali Uchis' debut album Isolation, which was released on April 6, 2018.[16] Victoria Monét released a remix of her song "Freak" featuring Bia on July 10, 2018.[17] A visual was released including a shortened version of the track just containing Bia's verse and a chorus,[18] while the full version of the song appeared on streaming platforms.[19] On September 21, 2018, Bia released her debut EP Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado, which included the single "Hollywood" as well as collaborations with Uchis and Kodak Black.[20][21]

2019–present: Departure from RCA and Rich Tiers

In 2019, Bia split from RCA Records, citing the label was preventing her from releasing music.[22] She released her first independent song "One Minute Warning" in August.[23][24] "Best on Earth", a collaboration with rapper and singer Russ, was released on October 17, 2019. Singer Rihanna posted on her social media that it was her new favorite song, which led to an internet trend #BestOnEarthChallenge and a spike in popularity to the song.[23][25] The song eventually peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Bia's highest peaking song on the chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over one million units in the United States.[26][27]

In early 2020, Bia signed with Epic Records and released two singles, "Free BIA (1st Day Out)" and "Cover Girl."[24] The songs would appear on her upcoming project titled Rich Tiers.[22] "Cover Girl" was serviced to Urban and Rhythmic radios on April 14th.[28][29]

Artistry

Bia has cited American rapper Jay-Z, Puerto Rican singer Ivy Queen, Selena, Bankroll Fresh, 21 Savage and Blac Youngsta as her biggest influences as well as Aaliyah and Rihanna as her personal muses. Bia stated that she has never connected with an artist the way she has connected with Rihanna.[30][14]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role
2014–2015 Sisterhood of Hip Hop Herself

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Work Result Ref.
2017 Latin American Music Awards Favorite Urban Song "Safari" Nominated [31]

Discography

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details
#CHOLASEASON
  • Released: May 14, 2014[32]
  • Label: I Am Other
  • Format: Digital download

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected details, chart positions, and sales
Title Extended play details
Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado
  • Released: September 21, 2018 (US)[33]
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Album
"Whip It"[34] 2016 Non-album single
"Hollywood"[35] 2018 Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado
"Free Bia (1st Day Out)"[36] 2020 Rich Tiers
"Cover Girl"[37]

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[26]
US
Latin

[12]
US R&B/HH
[38]
COL

[39]

ITA
[40]
MEX
[10]
NZ
Hot

[41]
SPA
[11]
SWI
[42]
"Safari"
(J Balvin featuring Pharrell Williams, Bia & Sky)[43]
2016 [A] 3 5 26 1 1 76  Energia
"Piñata"
(Vice featuring Bia, Kap G & Justin Quiles)[46]
2017 Non-album single
"Facts"
(Chantel Jeffries featuring YG, Rich The Kid, and Bia)[47]
2019
"Best on Earth"[48]
(Russ featuring Bia)
46 22 4 Shake the Snow Globe

Notes

  1. ^ "Safari" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number seven on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[44]

Promotional singles

Title Year Album
"Gucci Comin' Home"[49] 2016 Non-album singles
"Badside"[50] 2017
"Fungshway"[51]
"One Minute Warning"[52] 2019

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"High"[53] 2015 Christian Rich, Vince Staples FW14
"Good Idea" Kid Ink Summer in the Winter
"Miami"[16] 2018 Kali Uchis Isolation
"Freak" (Remix)[17] Victoria Monét Non-album single
"Seashell"[54] Fasscoupe Hood Mascot
"Edible"[55] Kayo Genesis Bad Sushi
"Perfect"[56] 2019 Sam Spiegel, Tropkillaz, MC Pikachu Non-album single
"Perfect (Remix)"[57] 2020 Cousin Stizz, Doja Cat Non-album single
"Labels"[58] Kiana Ledé, Moneybagg Yo Kiki
"Remember Me"[59] Dove Cameron TBA

References

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  2. ^ "Boston Rapper Bia Debuts on Oxygen's 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop' Aug. 12 - Music". Boston.com. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Reichard, Raquel (March 19, 2015). "8 Latina Rappers Who Are Killin It in Hip Hop Right Now". Cosmopolitan.com. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Bia Talks Impressing Pharrell, Having TI on Her Track + Drops Bars". YouTube. September 2, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Bia Talks About Working with Pharrell, and Her Near-Death Experience". Oxygen.com. July 24, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
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  18. ^ "Freak (Remix) [feat. BIA]".
  19. ^ Freak Remix, retrieved April 20, 2020
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  46. ^ "Piñata – Single". iTunes. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  47. ^ "Facts – Single". iTunes. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
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  58. ^ "Kiana Ledé, Moneybagg Yo & Bia Channel Biggie On "Labels."". Hot New Hip Hop. April 5, 2020.
  59. ^ Spanos, Brittany (April 10, 2020). "Dove Cameron Is 'Beautiful and Talking Shit' on 'Remember Me'". Rolling Stone.

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