Gayle rose to stardom with an expletive-laden breakup song "abcdefu". She didn't hold back as she poured her angst out and cursed out an unnamed ex. The single was quickly embraced by young unapologetic fans on TikTok, and the trend subsequently landed it on multiple playlists.
The song hit its first million streams in September, only a month after its release. Gayle was ecstatic as she thanked her fans, "So grateful and I'm literally jumping up and down I'm so excited. thank you to everyone who has listened to this song even if you hated it thanks for giving it a stream :)"
It continued to grow in popularity. "My mind is literally blown because abcdefu hit THREE MILLION streams on @spotify," she exclaimed in another post, adding that the success had given her confidence a significant boost. "I'm so grateful and excited to continue to release more music!!!"
The track went on to hit No. 1 on the all-genre US iTunes sales as well as Billboard Alternative Streaming Songs and Alternative Digital Song Sales. It additionally reached No. 2 on both U.K. Singles chart and Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs. It also broke into top 20, climbing to No. 15 on the all-genre Hot 100.
On top of that, Gayle was featured on the cover of Amazon Music's "Break Through Pop."
The song "came from a place of trying so hard to be the nice, respectful ex-girlfriend, to the point where it was negatively affecting me," she explained the story behind the viral song.
"I heard through a mutual friends that he was talking s**t about me and all my suppressed emotions came RUSHING in. I was pissed that all the effort I put into our relationship and our friendship he turned into such a negative thing, and I was pissed that I waited till he was talking s**t about me to let myself be mad???"
abcdefu (TikToks Version)
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