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Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18th, 2001), better known by her stage name Billie Eilish, is an American indie pop singer signed to Interscope Records.

Early Life and Career Edit

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 Eilish'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 Eilish 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, Eilish 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.[1] 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.

Billie announced that her debut album, that will release March 29, 2019, would be called WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? on January 29th, 2019. The album pre-order was made available alongside the release of its third single, "bury a friend", on January 30th. Her fourth single from the album, "wish you were gay", was released on March 4, 2019. She also released a music video for "bad guy" on March 29th, 2019. The song is the album's fifth single.

Personal Life Edit

Billie stated in an interview in March of 2019 that she has never used drugs or smoked.[2] She has Tourette syndrome and synesthesia,[3][4] and has experienced depression.[5] She was raised vegetarian.[6]

Official Accounts Edit

Discography Edit

Albums Edit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
  • Released: March 29th, 2019
  • Label: Darkroom/Interscope
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, streaming, vinyl, box set
1 313,000

Extended plays Edit

Title Extended play details Peak chart positions Sales
US
dont smile at me
  • Released: August 11th, 2017
  • Label: Darkroom/Interscope
  • Format: Digital download
14 500,000

Singles Edit

Title Year Album
"Fingers Crossed" 2015 Non-album singles
"sHE'S brOKen"
"Six Feet Under" 2016
"Ocean Eyes" dont smile at me
"Bellyache" 2017
"Bored" 13 Reasons Why (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)
"watch" dont smile at me
"COPYCAT"
"idontwannabeyouanymore"
"my boy"
"party favor"
"hostage"
"&burn"
"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"
"bad guy"

Remixes Edit

Title Year Album
"Ocean Eyes" (Astronomyy Remix) 2017 Ocean Eyes (The Remixes) EP
"Bellyache" (Marian Hill Remix) "Bellyache" (Marian Hill Remix) single


Songwriting credits Edit

Title Year Artist(s) Album Written with:
"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

Music videos Edit

Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Ocean Eyes" 2016 Megan Thompson [7]
"Six Feet Under" Billie Eilish
"Bellyache" 2017 AJ Favicchio & Miles Cable
"Bored"
"watch" Megan Park [8]
"idontwannabeyouanymore" 2018 Eli Born
"lovely" Matty Peacock and Taylor Cohen [9]
"hostage" Henry Scholfield [10]
"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

References Edit

  1. https://twitter.com/finneas/status/1075840753417388032?s=19
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/29/billie-eilish-the-pop-icon-who-defines-21st-century-teenage-angst
  3. https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17883598675287053/
  4. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sensorium/201904/shes-rainbow
  5. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8506181/billie-eilish-zane-lowe-beats-one-interview
  6. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/arts/music/billie-eilish-debut-album.html
  7. https://www.stereogum.com/1867003/billie-eilish-ocean-eyes-video-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/
  8. https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/pakpy9/watch-billie-eilish-set-fire-to-a-bad-relationship-in-new-video-for-watch
  9. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-billie-eilish-khalid-brave-rain-ice-in-lovely-video-w519583
  10. https://pigeonsandplanes.com/news/2018/07/billie-eilish-hostage-video
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