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Avenue Beat on Writing Viral Music


Avenue Beat wrote the single F2020 lowkey Fuck 2020 and went viral on TikTok. Sami Bearden, Savana Santos, Sam Backoff
Photo: Delaney Royer

The trio from Illinois has been making headlines and blowing up on TikTok with songs like F2020, i don't really like your boyfriend, and thank you anxiety.

Sam Backoff, Savana Santos, and Sami Bearden are the trio known as Avenue Beat. Self-described as theater nerds from Quincy Illinois, these young artists are disrupting the music industry in their own unique way. Not only do they write songs that stem from personal experiences about their lives, relationships, failures, successes and everything in between. But they harmonize and conceptualize everything themselves, adding a unique twist that has become their signature mark. Their witty lyrics are easily recognizable for their humor and uniqueness. Aside from being changemakers in the recording studio, the girls use their talents in design, video editing, and animation to create lyric videos, coloring books, and graphics that represent who they are as artists and people.

Avenue Beat broke the internet earlier this year with their single, “F2020.” Released exclusively on TikTok at the time, Savana, Sami, and Sam wrote the song to describe the awful and anxiety-filled year they were having.

“That was like the catalyst, like the feather on top of all the horrible things in our personal lives, in the world, and then the cat died and we were like literally I don’t know what else to do anymore," Sami said.

While the girls recorded and posted the video so the song just had a place to live, they woke up to millions of views and rising. Now, the original TikTok and song have more than 16 MILLION views and 35 MILLION streams on Spotify, and have since sparked a viral trend where people show the best and the worst of this difficult year.

“We literally did not think that was gonna happen, before that we got 7,000 views maybe on a TikTok. We were like trash. We put that up just so it had a place to live and the next morning I think it had like 5 million views and we were just like what? We were texting in our group chat like guys what is happening," Sam said.