Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), better known by her stage name Billie Eilish, is an American singer-songwriter signed to Interscope Records.
Early Life and Career
Billie was born on December 18th, 2001, and raised in Los Angeles to a family of actors and musicians. She was homeschooled along with brother Finneas O'Connell, who would later go on to be Billie's songwriting partner and producer. Billie joined the Los Angeles Children's Chorus at age eight, where she perfected her vocal abilities. At age eleven, Billie began writing and singing her own songs, taking after Finneas who was already performing his own songs with his band. In 2015, the siblings released two songs on SoundCloud, titled "sHE'S brOKen" and "Fingers Crossed". "We had no intention for them," said Billie later, saying that the songs were released "for fun and for our friends to listen to." In October 2015, Finneas informed Billie of a song he had been playing with his band titled "Ocean Eyes". Billie recorded the song and sent it to her dance teacher, who hoped to choreograph a dance to it.
"Ocean Eyes", the debut single under the name Billie Eilish, was released on SoundCloud in 2016 and was a viral hit, much to the surprise of Billie and Finneas. A music video was released on March 24th, 2016, and a video of Billie performing a dance to the song was released on November 22nd, 2016. That year, she also released "Six Feet Under", which was not nearly as successful as "Ocean Eyes", but got attention from listeners and was a success among the small fanbase that Billie had earned. "Ocean Eyes" was released worldwide through Darkroom and on November 18th, 2016 to positive critical reviews. "The song is pure pop; a ballad about longing for reconciliation with an ex. I can imagine it becoming a major hit," said Chris DeVille of Stereogum. On January 13th, 2017, Billie released an EP with four remixes of "Ocean Eyes" by the likes of Blackbear and Astronomyy. The Astronomyy remix took off immediately, becoming even more popular than the original track on Spotify.
Following the success of the "Ocean Eyes" remixes, Billie released the single "Bellyache" on February 24, 2017. "Bellyache" was produced and co-written by Finneas O'Connell, with a music video directed by Miles and AJ being released on March 22nd, 2017. Since its release, the song has been remixed by the likes of duo Marian Hill. Just over a week later, on March 30th, Billie released the track "Bored" as part of the soundtrack to the television series 13 Reasons Why. On June 30th, 2017, Billie released the single "watch" with a follow-up single, "COPYCAT" arriving on July 11th, 2017, along with the announcement of her debut EP, dont smile at me. Each Friday in July, Billie would add another single to the EP. It was in this manner that the singles "idontwannabeyouanymore" and "my boy" were released. dont smile at me was later released on August 11th, 2017.
After the release of dont smile at me, Billie collaborated with American rapper Vince Staples for a remix of "watch" titled "&burn". Later, in January of 2018, Billie announced the Where's My Mind Tour, which would end in August of 2018. For the 2018 record store day, Billie has announced that she would be selling a 7" vinyl which features an acoustic version of her song "party favor" and an acoustic cover of "Hotline Bling" by Drake. Billie collaborated with American singer Khalid for the single "lovely" in April of 2018. The single was later announced as part of the soundtrack for the second season of 13 Reasons Why.
On July 18th, 2018, Billie released a single from her debut album, "you should see me in a crown". She also released a stand-alone single, titled "bitches broken hearts". "you should see me in a crown" was first premiered on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac before its official release. Billie had also teased the song several times before releasing it. Finneas confirmed the album would arrive in 2019. The second single from the album, "when the party's over", was released on October 16th, 2018.
On November 20th, 2018, Billie released the single "come out and play" for Apple's animated Holiday short Share Your Gifts. "WHEN I WAS OLDER" was released on January 9th, 2019 for the album Music Inspired by the Movie Roma.
In January 2019, Billie released "Bury a Friend" as the third single from her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, along with "When I Was Older", a single inspired by the 2018 film Roma, which appeared on the compilation album Music Inspired by the Film Roma. "Bury a Friend" peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her fourth single from the album, "Wish You Were Gay", was released in March 2019, and debuted and peaked at number 31 in the US and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released on March 29, 2019. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 as well as on the UK Albums Chart, making Eilish the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number one album in the United States, and the youngest female ever to have a number one album in the United Kingdom. Upon the album's debut, Billie broke the record for most simultaneously charting Hot 100 songs by a female artist, with 14, after every song from the album, excluding "Goodbye", charted on the Hot 100. The fifth single from the album, "Bad Guy", was released in conjunction with the album, and peaked at number one in the US, ending Lil Nas X's record-breaking 19 weeks at number one with "Old Town Road". She is the first artist born in the 2000s and the oungest artist since Lorde (with "Royals") to have a number-one single. A remix of the song featuring Justin Bieber was released in July 2019.
She began her When We All Fall Asleep Tour at Coachella Festival in April 2019. The tour concluded in Mexico City on November 17, 2019. On September 27, 2019, she announced her Where Do We Go? World Tour via her Instagram page. The tour is set to begin in Miami on March 9, 2020 and conclude in London on July 27, 2020.
On November 7, 2019, Jack White's Third Man Records announced the label would be releasing an acoustic live album of Eilish's performance from the record label's Blue Room. The album will be available exclusively on vinyl at Third Man retail locations in Nashville, Tennessee and Detroit, Michigan. On November 13, 2019, she released her next single, "Everything I Wanted".
On November 20, 2019, Eilish was nominated for six Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Bad Guy" as well as Album of the Year and Best New Artist. At the age of 17, she is the youngest artist to be nominated in all four General Field categories. In the same month Eilish was crowned 2019 Billboard Woman of the Year.
Billie stated in an interview in March of 2019 that she has never used drugs or smoked. She has Tourette syndrome and synesthesia, and has experienced depression. She was raised vegetarian.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?||
|Title||Extended play details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|dont smile at me||
|"Fingers Crossed"||2015||Non-album single|
|"Six Feet Under"||2016|
|"Ocean Eyes"||dont smile at me|
|"Bored"||13 Reasons Why (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)|
|"watch"||dont smile at me|
|"bitches broken hearts"||2018|
|"lovely"||13 Reasons Why: Season 2|
dont smile at me (Expanded and Japanese deluxe versions)
|"you should see me in a crown"||WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?|
|"when the party’s over"|
|"come out and play"||WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (Japanese edition)|
|"WHEN I WAS OLDER"||2019|| Music Inspired by the Movie Roma|
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (Japanese edition)
|"bury a friend"||WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?|
|"wish you were gay"|
|"all the good girls go to hell"|
|"everything i wanted"||Non-album single|
|"Ocean Eyes" (Astronomyy Remix)||2017||Ocean Eyes (The Remixes) EP|
|"Bellyache" (Marian Hill Remix)||"Bellyache" (Marian Hill Remix) single|
|"Your Eyes" (featuring Tayla Parx)||2017||The Knocks||Testify EP||Benjamin Ruttner, James Patterson, Taylor Parks, Finneas O'Connell, Fransisca Hall, Kaelyn Behr|
|"SIRENS | Z1RENZ" (featuring J.I.D and Billie Eilish)||2018||Denzel Curry||TA13OO||Destin Route, Denzel Rae Don Curry|
|"Ocean Eyes"||2016||Megan Thompson|||
|"Six Feet Under"||Billie Eilish|
|"Bellyache"||2017||AJ Favicchio & Miles Cable|
|"lovely"||Matty Peacock and Taylor Cohen|||
|"you should see me in a crown"||Billie Eilish|
|"when the party's over"||Carlos López Estrada|
|"bury a friend"||2019||Michael Chaves|
|"bad guy"||Dave Meyers|
|"all the good girls go to hell"||Rich Lee|
- ↑ https://twitter.com/finneas/status/1075840753417388032?s=19
- ↑ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/review-billie-eilish-when-we-all-sleep-where-do-we-go-814754/
- ↑ https://www.teenvogue.com/story/billie-eilish-lyrics-coachella-2019
- ↑ https://www.spin.com/2019/11/billie-eilish-jack-white-live-album/
- ↑ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/29/billie-eilish-the-pop-icon-who-defines-21st-century-teenage-angst
- ↑ https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17883598675287053/
- ↑ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sensorium/201904/shes-rainbow
- ↑ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8506181/billie-eilish-zane-lowe-beats-one-interview
- ↑ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/arts/music/billie-eilish-debut-album.html
- ↑ https://www.stereogum.com/1867003/billie-eilish-ocean-eyes-video-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/
- ↑ https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/pakpy9/watch-billie-eilish-set-fire-to-a-bad-relationship-in-new-video-for-watch
- ↑ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-billie-eilish-khalid-brave-rain-ice-in-lovely-video-w519583
- ↑ https://pigeonsandplanes.com/news/2018/07/billie-eilish-hostage-video