For the first time, 23-year old South Korean independent female solo artist and emerging R&B singer BIBI has officially charted on US Pop Radio Top 40 Mediabase Chart with her track, “The Weekend,” off the hallmark 88rising album, Head In The Clouds 3. Her breakthrough success follows her debut US performance at 88rising’s Head in the Clouds Festival in front of a 30,000+ audience who were stunned by her charisma and stage presence. With US fans supporting her radio play, radio hosts and fans alike requested “The Weekend” via calls and SNS to be played all across the nation. This follows her being spotlighted in various radio interviews online and in-person, including top-tier radio stations KIIS LA during her round of US promotions. The track is an impressive hit and has captured the attention of a global audience- and she is just getting started.
BIBI was recently featured on the 88rising-led Marvel OST, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings with the song, “Never Gonna Come Down” with artist Mark Tuan. On Wednesday, December 15, she released a BIBI’s Version rendition as a gift for her fan’s support. In the brightly themed music video, she is seen vying over a playful push-and-pull romance, and finally gives in as she bungee jumps bravely as a symbolism of giving into a fresh, and exciting love.
With the success of “The Weekend,” it has garnered the attention of fans around the world. With the first launch, The Fun Mode music video was released in partnership with Samsung #withGalaxy. The video features BIBI strutting through a vibrant Seoul, adorned in AR outfits created by digital designers from around the world exclusively for Samsung Galaxy A’s Fun Mode. With the help of Samsung’s creative partner, global design and marketing consultancy R/GA, BIBI extended her stage to her fans, giving everyone a chance to be featured by submitting content that shows off their style #withGalaxy.
BIBI solidified herself as a musician to watch the weekend of the famed Head In The Clouds Festival, where she made her US performance debut of her latest track, “The Weekend.” The single, which was released on October 14, was included in 29+ Spotify playlists on day of release, including the esteemed New Music Friday playlist. The track has received great support since then, being noted as Apple Music Korea’s Top 100 songs of 2021.
BIBI’s performance on the main stage – supported by her FeelGhoodMusic label mates, MFBTY (Tiger JK, Yoonmirae, and Bizzy) – began with “PADO,” a triple-entendre for the Korean words “tide/wave,” with mermaid-inspired visuals projected onto the LED screen. During the next song, officially titled “She Got It,” but more widely known by the song’s sub-title, “cigarette and condom,” BIBI brought out a handbag filled with condoms and threw them out to audience goers, promoting and bringing awareness to safe sex. Though this was her first time performing in America, she commanded the stage like a seasoned pro through her songs “BAD SAD AND MAD” and “KAZINO” – and the audience sang along to every word. The pinnacle of BIBI’s set took place during the closing song, “The Weekend,” an all-English-sung collaboration between FeelGhoodMusic and 88Rising, where BIBI entered the crowd and began to rain kisses upon her adoring fans. Amazed at how many fans knew her songs, BIBI left the stage in her newfound status as a global superstar. You can watch the performance video of BIBI singing “The Weekend, below!