Badshah (rapper)

Aditya Prateek Singh, better known by his stage name Badshah,[1][2][3] is an Indian rapper and singer known for his Hindi, Haryanvi, and Punjabi songs.[4] He started his career in 2006 alongside Yo Yo Honey Singh in his band 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[5] and Khoobsurat.[6]

Background information
Birth nameAditya Prateek Singh
Also known asBadshah
Bad Boy Shah
Gabru Ghatak
  • Singer
  • rapper
Years active2006–present
Associated acts

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.[7] 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.[8][9]

In 2018 he was listed by Forbes India magazine as the 63rd richest celebrity in India.[10]

Early life and family

Badshah was born in Village Kalsi in Karnal, to a father from Haryana and a mother from Punjab.[11] He is married to Jasmine.[12]

He completed his schooling from Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura, Delhi where he performed with his school choir.[11] 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 Punjab Engineering college, 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.[13][14][15][16]

He started his career in the music industry with the name "Cool Equal", but then changed his name to Badshah.[17]


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.[18] 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 ads.[19]

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 BTS, Ariana Grande and Blackpink. This has cast doubt on some of the 24-hour viewership records on YouTube.[20]



Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Song Label Language Note(s) Reference(s)
2012 "Saturday Saturday" (Indeep Bakshi featuring Badshah) Sony Music Entertainment Hindi [21]
2013 Proper Patola (Diljit Dosanjh featuring Badshah) Punjabi [22]
2014 "Chull" (Fazilpuria featuring Badshah) [23]
"Bandook" (with Raxstar) MTV India
2015 "Desi Hiphop" (Manj Musik featuring Roach Killer, Raxstar, Humble the Poet, Big Dhillon, Badshah, Sarb Smooth, Raftaar) [24]
"DJ Waley Babu" (featuring Aastha Gill) Sony Music Entertainment Released as ONE (Original Never Ends) [25]
"Wakhra Swag" (Navv Inder featuring Badshah) Times Music [26]
"Baaki Baatein Peene Baad" (Arjun Kanungo featuring Badshah) Sony Music Entertainment Hindi [27]
"Vroom Vroom" (Simranjeet Singh featuring Badshah) Punjabi
2016 "Saturday Saturday (Khul Jaaye Masti)" (featuring Arjun Kanungo and Aastha Gill) Remix of "Saturday Saturday" [28]
"Lover Boy" (Shrey Singhal featuring Badshah) T-Series Hindi [29]
"RayZR Mera Swag" (featuring Aastha Gill) Sony Music Entertainment Punjabi [30]
"Garrari Pitbull Te" (Gurinder Rai featuring Badshah)
"Driving Slow" MTV India Hindi [31]
"Move Your Body" (with Sean Paul) Zee Music Company Music by DJ Shadow Dubai [32]
2017 "Pop the Bottle" (with Vishal–Shekhar and Akasa Singh) Sony Music Entertainment [33]
"Mercy" Released as ONE (Original Never Ends) [34]
2018 "KareJa" (featuring Aastha Gill) Sony Music India [35]
"Buzz" (Aastha Gill featuring Badshah) [36]
"Heartless" (featuring Aastha Gill) Released as ONE (Original Never Ends) [37]
"Nain" (featuring Aastha Gill)
"Aashiq Awaara" (featuring Sunidhi Chauhan)
"She Move It Like"
2019 "Har Ghoont Mein Swag" (featuring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani) T-Series
"Paagal" Sony Music India
"Kamaal"(Amit Uchana featuring Badshah) YRF Hindi


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Song Singer(s)/co-singer(s) Composer(s) Label Language Movie Reference(s)
2014 "Saturday Saturday" Akriti Kakkar, Indeep Bakshi Sharib-Toshi Sony Music India Hindi Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
Dhup Chik Aastha Gill, Raftaar Raftaar T-Series Fugly
"Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai" Aastha Gill Badshah Khoobsurat
2015 "Selfie Le Le Re" Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Pritam Pritam Bajrangi Bhaijaan
"Vande Mataram" Daler Mehndi, Tanishka Sanghvi & Divya Kumar Sachin-Jigar Zee Music Company ABCD 2
"Bad Baby" Gippy Grewal Second Hand Husband
"Chaar Shanivaar" Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik Amaal Mallik T-Series All Is Well
"Aaj Raat Ka Scene" Shraddha Pandit Badshah Zee Music Company Jazbaa
"Aaluma Doluma" Anirudh Ravichander Sony Music India Tamil Vedalam
2016 "Akkad Bakkad" Neha Kakkar Badshah T-Series Hindi Sanam Re
"Teri Yaad" Himesh Reshammiya HR Musik Limited and T-Series Teraa Surroor
"Kar Gayi Chull" Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar, Neha Kakkar Amaal Mallik, Badshah Sony Music India Kapoor & Sons
"Let's Nacho" Benny Dayal Nucleya, Benny Dayal
"Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai" Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Ishita, Neeti Mohan Vishal-Shekhar YRF Music Sultan
"Kala Chashma" Amar Arshi, Neha Kakkar, Indeep Bakshi Badahah, Prem-Hardeep Zee Music Company Baar Baar Dekho
"The Breakup Song" Arijit Singh, Jonita Gandhi and Nakash Aziz Pritam Sony Music India Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
"Bolo Har Har Har" Mithoon, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh Megha Sriram Dalton, Anugrah and The Vamps Mithoon T-Series Shivaay
2017 "The Humma Song" A. R. Rahman,, Jubin Nautiyal, Shashaa Tirupati, Tanishk Bagchi A.R. Rahman, Tanishk Bagchi, Badshah Sony Music India OK Jaanu
"Tamma Tamma Again" Bappi Lahiri, Anuradha Paudwal Tanishk Bagchi T-Series Badrinath Ki Dulhania
"Move Your Lakk" Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha Badshah Noor [38]
"Mubarakan (Title Track)" Juggy D, Yash Narvekar, Sukriti Kakar Rishi Rich, Badshah Mubarakan
"Trippy Trippy" Neha Kakkar, Benny Dayal, Brijesh Shandilya Sachin-Jigar Bhoomi
2018 "Happy Happy" Aastha Gill Badshah Blackmail
"Tareefan" Badshah Qaran Zee Music Company Veere Di Wedding
"Tere Naal Nachna" Sunanda Sharma Badshah T-Series Nawabzaade
"Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe" Nikhita Gandhi, Sachin-Jigar Sachin-Jigar Stree
"Aakh Lad Jaave" Asees Kaur, Jubin Nautiyal Tanishk Bagchi Loveyatri
"Bhare Bazaar" Vishal Dadlani, Payal Dev, B Praak Rishi Rich, Badshah Sony Music India Namaste England
"Proper Patola" Diljit Dosanjh, Aastha Gill Badshah
"Bholey Baba" Nikhita Gandhi JAM8 SVF Entertainment Bengali Villain
2019 "Sab Sahi Hai Bro" Badshah Disney India Hindi Aladdin
"Koka" Jasbir Jassi, Dhvani Bhanushali Tanishk Bagchi T-Series Khandaani Shafakhana
"Sheher Ki Ladki" Tulsi Kumar
"Saans To Le Le" Rico Badshah
"Bad Boy" Neeti Mohan Saaho
Benny Dayal, Sunitha Sarathy Tamil
"Munna Badnaam Hua" Kamaal Khan, Mamta Sharma Sajid-Wajid Hindi Dabangg 3
"Chandigarh Mein" Harrdy Sandhu, Asees Kaur,Lisa Mishra Tanishk Bagchi Zee Music Company Good Newwz

Films as actor

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director Notes
2019 Khandaani Shafakhana Gabru Ghaatak Shilpi Dasgupta Debut film[39]

Films as producer

Year Film Language Director Notes
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 Tareefah 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 [40]


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  2. Packed in promise | chandigarh. Hindustan Times (5 January 2014). Retrieved on 2015-10-16.
  3. I don't want to compose Bollywood albums: Badshah. The Indian Express (14 June 2015). Retrieved on 10 August 2015.
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  5. Maheshwri, Neha. "Saturday Saturday maker Badshah: I'm an artiste, not a preacher". Times of India. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
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  8. Jalandhar (26 May 2016). "Winners of PTC Punjabi Music Awards 2016 held at Jalandhar". Yes Punjab News. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
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  11. Whenever I need inspiration, I go to Delhi: Badshah, The Times of India (11 July 2014). Retrieved on 2015-10-16.
  12. Did you know bad boy Badshah is a cute loving husband in real! Meet his adorable wife, Dainik Bhaskar, 16 Nov 2015.
  13. Hebbar, Prajakta. "'If I wasn't a rapper, I'd have been an IAS officer': Everything you wanted to know about Badshah, who calls himself a 'prime-time' version of Honey Singh". IBN Live. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
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  17. "Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia Was 'Cool Equal' Before Finally Becoming 'Badshah'!". Ghaint Punjab. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  18. "Rapper Badshah becomes first Indian artist to create world record with his latest track 'Paagal' | Hindi Movie News - Bollywood - Times of India". Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  19. "Six Days After Sony Says Indian Rapper's Video Broke One-Day Record for Views, YouTube Has Yet to Confirm". Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  20. "Bollywood Rapper Sets Viewer Record YouTube Isn't Talking About". Bloomberg News. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  21. Saturday Saturday by Indeep Bakshi & Badshah, 17 August 2012, retrieved 28 June 2017
  22. Proper Patola by Diljit Dosanjh, 9 August 2013, retrieved 28 June 2017
  23. Chull by Fazilpuria, 16 June 2014, retrieved 28 June 2017
  24. Desi Hiphop by Roach Killer, Raxstar, Humble the Poet, Big Dhillon, Badshah, Sarb Smooth, Raftaar, 8 January 2015, retrieved 28 June 2017
  25. Dj Waley Babu by Badshah, 17 July 2015, retrieved 28 June 2017
  26. Wakhra Swag by Badshah, Navv Inder, 10 September 2015, retrieved 28 June 2017
  27. Baaki Baatein Peene Baad (Shots) by Arjun Kanungo, 25 September 2015, retrieved 28 June 2017
  28. Saturday Saturday (Khul Jaaye Masti) by Badshah, Arjun Kanungo, Aastha Gill, 11 March 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
  29. Lover Boy by Badshah, Shrey Singhal, 13 April 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
  30. RayZR Mera Swag by Badshah, 24 June 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
  31. Driving Slow by Badshah, 17 August 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
  32. Move Your Body by Badshah, Sean Paul, 20 December 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
  33. Pop The Bottle by Vishal, Shekhar, Vishal Dadlani, Badshah, Akasa Singh, 21 March 2017, retrieved 28 June 2017
  34. Mercy by Badshah, 1 April 2017, retrieved 28 June 2017
  35. "Kareja (Kare Ja) (feat. Aastha Gill) - Badshah Song - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  36. "Hindi Song Buzz Remix By DJ Yogii Featuring Aastha Gill And Badshah | Entertainment - Times of India Videos". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  37. "ONE (Original Never Ends)". Gaana. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  38. Move Your Lakk by Badshah, Sonakshi Sinha, Diljit Dosanjh, 29 March 2017, retrieved 28 June 2017
  39. "Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Sharma, Annu Kapoor and singer Badshah [makes his acting debut]... Titled confirmed: #KhandaaniShafakhana... Release date finalized: 26 July 2019... Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta... Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Mahaveer Jain". Twitter. Taran Adarsh. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  40. "MMA Mirchi Music Awards". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
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