Bad Child: Bad Child

This eponymous debut single from the young Canadian artist hints at both contemporary R&B and atmospheric art-rock. It clearly stamps him as a real talent, one to be watched closely.

Bad Child: Bad Child

By Kerry Doole

Bad Child - "Bad Child" (21 Entertainment/UMC): Not much personal information (or his real name) is available about this 21-year old who is the latest addition to Chris Smith's 21 Entertainment Group roster that is also home to Alessia Cara.

His debut live video for the track, filmed at Toronto club The Hideout, has already quickly gained an impressive number of views (112K) following the release of an intriguing single mixing sparse contemporary R&B that's a mite suggestive of The Weeknd, and part atmospheric modern art-rock, a la Alt-J. In a label release, he explains that "'Bad Child' is about "finding redemption in my failures. It is about not being good enough, not living up to expectations, it's about trying to be a better person."


Go figure, Mr. Bad Boy!

A follow-up single, "Payback," is being readied for release, and the fact that it is mixed by Spike Stent (Beyoncé, Grimes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) indicates that serious resources are being afforded Bad Child. Definitely one to watch out for.

No word on live dates as of yet.




Publicity: Allison Phillips, Universal Music Canada

Charli XCX at Billboard Women In Music 2024 held at YouTube Theater on March 6, 2024 in Inglewood, Calif.
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Charli XCX at Billboard Women In Music 2024 held at YouTube Theater on March 6, 2024 in Inglewood, Calif.

Chart Beat

Charli XCX Dominates Dance Charts With ‘Brat’

It's No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, and its tracks take up more than a third of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

Charli XCX blankets Billboard’s June 22-dated dance charts following the release of her sixth studio LP, Brat. The set opens at No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums (her first leader there), while all 15 of its standard-edition tracks – plus two bonus cuts – cover Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.

Brat debuts with 77,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 13, according to Luminate. That marks the biggest week of Charli’s career, by units. It also earns her highest rank on the all-genre Billboard 200, where it starts at No. 3.

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