Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, better known by his stage name Badshah, is an Indian rapper, singer, film producer and businessman known for his Hindi, Haryanvi, and Punjabi songs. He started his career in 2006 alongside Yo Yo Honey Singh in his Hip Hop group Mafia Mundeer. He split from Honey in 2012 and released his independent Haryanvi song Kar Gayi Chull, which was later adopted into the 2016 Bollywood movie, Kapoor & Sons. His music has been featured in Bollywood soundtracks for films such as 2014 films Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Khoobsurat. He is also considered one of the highest-paid artists and also a controversial rapper of India, for his songs like Genda Phool and Pagal.
|Relatives||Aparajita Singh (sister)|
His debut single, "DJ Waley Babu" featuring Aastha Gill, was ranked number one on the Indian iTunes charts within 24 hours of the release. The song crossed a million views on YouTube within 30 hours. In 2016, he collaborated with Navv Inder on "Wakhra Swag" which won the 2016 Punjabi Music Awards for best duo/group and most popular song of the year award.
Ever since 2016, roughly each of his commercial works have been topping charts including the YouTube Music Video Charts, BBC Asian Network Charts, other several Indian radio and Indian streaming charts as well. As of 2020, four of his songs peaked on World Digital Song Sales chart by Billboard.
Early life and family
He completed his schooling from Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura, Delhi where he performed with his school choir. Prior to becoming a full-time musician he enrolled as a math student at the prestigious Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi before moving to civil engineer at PEC, Chandigarh, where he was exposed to new Punjabi music which promoted him to take on "rap" writing. He has stated that if he had not become a rapper, he may have become an IAS officer.
He started his career in the music industry with the name "Cool Equal", but then changed his name to Badshah. He further is known for his catchphrase "it's your boy Badshah", often stylized as "Ish yo boy Baad-uh-sh-aa-ah".
In 2018, Badshah released his first album O.N.E. – Original Never Ends.
On 7 August 2020, the rapper released a classic pop and hip-hop album namely, 'The Power of Dreams of a Kid' which had 8 tracks and includes features from the artists namely Lisa Mishra, Sikander Kahlon, Fotty Seven, Bali and Music Producer Andy Grewal. The entire mastering and mixings of the album was done by Aditya Dev.
His 2019 song "Paagal" reached 74.8 million views on YouTube within 24 hours, setting the record for the most-viewed video in 24 hours on YouTube. BTS fans claimed that the artist had bought the views to cross the global record due to his low number of likes in the first 24 hours, but YouTube did not confirm whether the views are real or fake. The song also did not appear in the 100-position Global Top Music Videos chart for the week. However, Badshah denied it was fake views, but admitted his record label Sony Music India bought paid Google Ads.
An explanation for YouTube not acknowledging the record was that Badshah's record label Sony Music India had purchased advertisements from Google and YouTube that embedded the video or directed fans to it in some way. However, it has emerged that this is a common practice in the global music industry, and that similar practices had previously been used by the record labels of previous record holders such as Ariana Grande and Blackpink. This has cast doubt on some of the 24-hour viewership records on YouTube.
His song "Genda Phool" was released by Sony Music India in 2020. It had mixing with a Bengali folk song "Boro Loker Biti Lo". Ratan Kahar, a Bengali artist, claimed to be the original writer and composer of the folk song. Though Badshah later released a statement saying that it was a traditional Baul folk song which was not copyrighted, since folk music does not fall under copyright protections and is thus in the public domain.
|2012||"Saturday Saturday" (Indeep Bakshi featuring Badshah)||Hindi|||
|2013||Proper Patola (Diljit Dosanjh featuring Badshah)||Punjabi|||
|2014||"Chull" (Fazilpuria featuring Badshah)|||
|"Bandook" (with Raxstar)|||
|2015||"Desi Hiphop" (Manj Musik featuring Roach Killer, Raxstar, Humble the Poet, Big Dhillon, Badshah, Sarb Smooth, Raftaar)|||
|DJ Waley Babu (featuring Aastha Gill)||Released as ONE (Original Never Ends)|||
|"Wakhra Swag" (Navv Inder featuring Badshah)|||
|"Baaki Baatein Peene Baad" (Arjun Kanungo featuring Badshah)||Hindi|||
|"Vroom Vroom" (Simranjeet Singh featuring Badshah)||Punjabi|||
|2016||"Saturday Saturday (Khul Jaaye Masti)" (featuring Arjun Kanungo and Aastha Gill)||Remix of "Saturday Saturday"|||
|"Lover Boy" (Shrey Singhal featuring Badshah)||Hindi|||
|"RayZR Mera Swag" (featuring Aastha Gill)||Punjabi|||
|"Garrari Pitbull Te" (Gurinder Rai featuring Badshah)|||
|"Move Your Body" (with Sean Paul)||Music by DJ Shadow Dubai|||
|2017||"Pop the Bottle" (with Vishal–Shekhar and Akasa Singh)|||
|"Mercy" (featuring Lauren Gottlieb)||Released as ONE (Original Never Ends)|||
|2018||"KareJa" (featuring Aastha Gill)|||
|"Buzz" (Aastha Gill featuring Badshah)|||
|"Heartless" (featuring Aastha Gill)||Released as ONE (Original Never Ends)|||
|"Nain" (featuring Aastha Gill)|||
|"Aashiq Awaara" (featuring Sunidhi Chauhan)|||
|"She Move It Like" (featuring Warina Hussain)|||
|"How We Do It" (Now United featuring Badshah)|||
|2019||"Har Ghoont Mein Swag" (featuring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani)|||
|"Kamaal" (Uchana Amit) (featuring Badshah)|||
|"Are you ready for the Big Bang" (Flipkart)|||
|2020||"Genda Phool" (featuring Payal Dev)|||
|"Boht Tej" (Fotty Seven featuring Badshah)|||
|Haryan roadways (Fazilpuria featuring Badshah)|||
|"Awaara" (featuring Reet Talwar)|||
|2021||"Top Tucker" (Uchana Amit ft. Badshah, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Rashmika Mandanna)||Tamil and Hindi|||
|"Paani Paani" (Badshah ft.Aastha Gill and Jacqueline Fernandez)||Released under Saregama|||
|"Baawla"||Released under Saga Music|||
|"Bachpan Ka Pyaar"||Released under Universal Music India Pvt Ltd.|||
|"Bad Boy x Bad Girl"||Released under Sony Music India|||
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2014||Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania||"Saturday Saturday"||Akriti Kakkar, Indeep Bakshi||Sharib-Toshi||Hindi||Sony Music India|
|Fugly||Dhup Chik||Aastha Gill, Raftaar||Raftaar||T-Series|
|Khoobsurat||"Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai"||Aastha Gill||Badshah|
|2015||Bajrangi Bhaijaan||"Selfie Le Le Re"||Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Pritam||Pritam|
|ABCD 2||"Vande Mataram"||Daler Mehndi, Tanishka Sanghvi & Divya Kumar||Sachin-Jigar||Zee Music Company|
|Second Hand Husband||"Bad Baby"||Gippy Grewal|
|All Is Well||"Chaar Shanivaar"||Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik||Amaal Mallik||T-Series|
|Jazbaa||"Aaj Raat Ka Scene"||Shraddha Pandit||Badshah||Zee Music Company|
|Vedalam||"Aaluma Doluma"||Anirudh Ravichander||Tamil||Sony Music India|
|2016||Sanam Re||"Akkad Bakkad"||Neha Kakkar||Badshah||Hindi||T-Series|
|"Teri Yaad"||Himesh Reshammiya||HR Musik Limited and T-Series|
|Kapoor & Sons||"Kar Gayi Chull"||Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar, Neha Kakkar||Amaal Mallik, Badshah||Sony Music India|
|"Let's Nacho"||Benny Dayal||Nucleya, Benny Dayal|
|Sultan||"Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai"||Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Ishita, Neeti Mohan||Vishal-Shekhar||YRF Music|
|Baar Baar Dekho||"Kala Chashma"||Amar Arshi, Neha Kakkar, Indeep Bakshi||Badahah, Prem-Hardeep||Zee Music Company|
|Ae Dil Hai Mushkil||"The Breakup Song"||Arijit Singh, Jonita Gandhi and Nakash Aziz||Pritam||Sony Music India|
|Shivaay||"Bolo Har Har Har"||Mithoon, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh Megha Sriram Dalton, Anugrah and The Vamps||Mithoon||T-Series|
|2017||OK Jaanu||"The Humma Song"||A. R. Rahman, Jubin Nautiyal, Shashaa Tirupati, Tanishk Bagchi||A.R. Rahman, Tanishk Bagchi, Badshah||Sony Music India|
|Badrinath Ki Dulhania||"Tamma Tamma Again"||Bappi Lahiri, Anuradha Paudwal||Tanishk Bagchi||T-Series|
|Noor||"Move Your Lakk"||Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha||Badshah|||
|Mubarakan||"Mubarakan (Title Track)"||Juggy D, Yash Narvekar, Sukriti Kakar||Rishi Rich, Badshah|
|Bhoomi||"Trippy Trippy"||Neha Kakkar, Benny Dayal, Brijesh Shandilya||Sachin-Jigar|
|2018||Blackmail||"Happy Happy"||Aastha Gill||Badshah|
|Veere Di Wedding||"Tareefan"||Badshah||Qaran||Zee Music Company|
|Nawabzaade||"Tere Naal Nachna"||Sunanda Sharma||Badshah||T-Series|
|Stree||"Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe"||Nikhita Gandhi, Sachin-Jigar||Sachin-Jigar|
|Loveyatri||"Aakh Lad Jaave"||Asees Kaur, Jubin Nautiyal||Tanishk Bagchi|
|Namaste England||"Bhare Bazaar"||Vishal Dadlani, Payal Dev, B Praak||Rishi Rich, Badshah||Sony Music India|
|"Proper Patola"||Diljit Dosanjh, Aastha Gill||Badshah|
|Villain||"Bholey Baba"||Nikhita Gandhi||JAM8||Bengali||SVF Entertainment|
|2019||Aladdin||"Sab Sahi Hai Bro"||Badshah||Hindi||Disney India|
|Khandaani Shafakhana||"Koka"||Jasbir Jassi, Dhvani Bhanushali||Tanishk Bagchi||T-Series|
|"Sheher Ki Ladki"||Tulsi Kumar|
|"Saans To Le Le"||Rico||Badshah|
|Saaho||"Bad Boy"||Neeti Mohan|
|Benny Dayal, Sunitha Sarathy||Tamil|
|Dabangg 3||"Munna Badnaam Hua"||Kamaal Khan, Mamta Sharma||Sajid–Wajid||Hindi|
|Good Newwz||"Chandigarh Mein"||Harrdy Sandhu, Asees Kaur, Lisa Mishra||Tanishk Bagchi||Zee Music Company|
|2020||Street Dancer 3D||"Garmi"||Neha Kakkar||Badshah||T-Series|
Films as actor
Badshah said that Karan Johar offered him Vicky Kaushal's role in a Netflix original film "Lust Stories" and Diljit Dosanjh's role in "Good Newwz", but the popstar denied citing busy schedule and "things-didn't-work-out" things, hence below-mentioned Khandaani Shafakhana is hitherto his only film as an actor.
|2019||Khandaani Shafakhana||Gabru Ghaatak||Debut film |
Badshah, in the film, played the role of himself but with a different name, Gabru Ghaatak, wherein he was a patient of the protagonist, Babita Bedi played by Sonakshi Sinha, with sex disorders who shied away to openly succour Ms Bedi owing to the taboo around sex in Indian Society.
Films as producer
|2019||Do Dooni Panj||Punjabi||Harry Bhatti||Composed songs also|
Awards and nominations
|Award ceremony||Category||Nominated Work||Result||Ref|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Playback Singer- Male||Tareefan||Nominated|||
|PTC Punjabi Film Awards||Best Punjabi Music of The Year||Wakhra Swag by Navv Inder ft. Badshah||Won|||
|10th Mirchi Music Awards||Best Song Engineer (Recording & Mixing)||"Mercy" from O.N.E (Album)||Nominated|||
|Brit Asia TV Music Awards 2017||Best Bollywood Act||N/A||Won|||
Badshah on few occasions has talked about his business ventures, he claimed in 2018 in the song "Take Off" that he has business ventures that are worth at least 9-digits, some of his known brands are BADFIT Clothing, Dragonfly Experience, Afterhours Productions.
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