Aditya Prateek Singh, better known by his stage name Badshah, is an Indian rapper and singer known for his Hindi, Haryanvi, and Punjabi songs. 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 and Khoobsurat.
|Birth name||Aditya Prateek Singh|
|Also known as||Badshah|
Bad Boy Shah
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.
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 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.
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 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 BTS, Ariana Grande and Blackpink. This has cast doubt on some of the 24-hour viewership records on YouTube.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2012||"Saturday Saturday" (Indeep Bakshi featuring Badshah)||Sony Music Entertainment||Hindi|
|2013||Proper Patola (Diljit Dosanjh featuring Badshah)||Punjabi|
|2014||"Chull" (Fazilpuria featuring Badshah)|
|"Bandook" (with Raxstar)||MTV India|
|2015||"Desi Hiphop" (Manj Musik featuring Roach Killer, Raxstar, Humble the Poet, Big Dhillon, Badshah, Sarb Smooth, Raftaar)|
|"DJ Waley Babu" (featuring Aastha Gill)||Sony Music Entertainment||Released as ONE (Original Never Ends)|
|"Wakhra Swag" (Navv Inder featuring Badshah)||Times Music|
|"Baaki Baatein Peene Baad" (Arjun Kanungo featuring Badshah)||Sony Music Entertainment||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)||T-Series||Hindi|
|"RayZR Mera Swag" (featuring Aastha Gill)||Sony Music Entertainment||Punjabi|
|"Garrari Pitbull Te" (Gurinder Rai featuring Badshah)|
|"Driving Slow"||MTV India||Hindi|
|"Move Your Body" (with Sean Paul)||Zee Music Company||Music by DJ Shadow Dubai|
|2017||"Pop the Bottle" (with Vishal–Shekhar and Akasa Singh)||Sony Music Entertainment|
|"Mercy"||Released as ONE (Original Never Ends)|
|2018||"KareJa" (featuring Aastha Gill)||Sony Music India|
|"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"|
|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|
|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|
|"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|
|2019||Khandaani Shafakhana||Gabru Ghaatak||Shilpi Dasgupta||Debut film|
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||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|
- Godha, Ronak (19 February 2016) Badshah Live Musical Concert – Ft. Aastha Gill & DJ Rebirth on 21st Feb. EdYouCatives
- Packed in promise | chandigarh. Hindustan Times (5 January 2014). Retrieved on 2015-10-16.
- I don't want to compose Bollywood albums: Badshah. The Indian Express (14 June 2015). Retrieved on 10 August 2015.
- Gupta, Priya. "Badshah uses Honey Singh's fame by giving negative statements against him". Times of India. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- Maheshwri, Neha. "Saturday Saturday maker Badshah: I'm an artiste, not a preacher". Times of India. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- Bhasin, Shivani. "Music Review: Badshah replaces Honey Singh but Khoobsurat's soundtrack is a mess". First Post. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- Badshah: 'DJ waley babu' not regular party song. Times of India (28 July 2015)
- 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.
- Amneet Kaur (27 May 2016). "PTC Music Awards 2016– Here Is The Complete List Of Winners!". Punjabi Khurki. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
- "2018 Celebrity 100 - Forbes India Magazine". Forbes India. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
- Whenever I need inspiration, I go to Delhi: Badshah, The Times of India (11 July 2014). Retrieved on 2015-10-16.
- Did you know bad boy Badshah is a cute loving husband in real! Meet his adorable wife, Dainik Bhaskar, 16 Nov 2015.
- 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.
- I don't want to compose Bollywood albums: Badshah – Full News Archived 19 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Kerala.indiaeveryday.in. Retrieved on 10 August 2015.
- Packed in promise. hindustantimes.com (5 January 2014). Retrieved on 10 August 2015.
- "Badshah: I still have my St Stephen's ID, that is something worth flaunting". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
- "Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia Was 'Cool Equal' Before Finally Becoming 'Badshah'!". Ghaint Punjab. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
- "Rapper Badshah becomes first Indian artist to create world record with his latest track 'Paagal' | Hindi Movie News - Bollywood - Times of India". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
- "Six Days After Sony Says Indian Rapper's Video Broke One-Day Record for Views, YouTube Has Yet to Confirm". Billboard.com. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
- "Bollywood Rapper Sets Viewer Record YouTube Isn't Talking About". Bloomberg News. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
- Saturday Saturday by Indeep Bakshi & Badshah, 17 August 2012, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Proper Patola by Diljit Dosanjh, 9 August 2013, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Chull by Fazilpuria, 16 June 2014, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Desi Hiphop by Roach Killer, Raxstar, Humble the Poet, Big Dhillon, Badshah, Sarb Smooth, Raftaar, 8 January 2015, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Dj Waley Babu by Badshah, 17 July 2015, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Wakhra Swag by Badshah, Navv Inder, 10 September 2015, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Baaki Baatein Peene Baad (Shots) by Arjun Kanungo, 25 September 2015, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Saturday Saturday (Khul Jaaye Masti) by Badshah, Arjun Kanungo, Aastha Gill, 11 March 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Lover Boy by Badshah, Shrey Singhal, 13 April 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
- RayZR Mera Swag by Badshah, 24 June 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Driving Slow by Badshah, 17 August 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Move Your Body by Badshah, Sean Paul, 20 December 2016, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Pop The Bottle by Vishal, Shekhar, Vishal Dadlani, Badshah, Akasa Singh, 21 March 2017, retrieved 28 June 2017
- Mercy by Badshah, 1 April 2017, retrieved 28 June 2017
- "Kareja (Kare Ja) (feat. Aastha Gill) - Badshah Song - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- "Hindi Song Buzz Remix By DJ Yogii Featuring Aastha Gill And Badshah | Entertainment - Times of India Videos". m.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- "ONE (Original Never Ends)". Gaana. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- Move Your Lakk by Badshah, Sonakshi Sinha, Diljit Dosanjh, 29 March 2017, retrieved 28 June 2017
- "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.
- "MMA Mirchi Music Awards". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 6 February 2018.