Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (/ˈaɪliʃ/, born December 18, 2001) is an American singer and songwriter. Her debut single, "Ocean Eyes", went viral. Her debut EP Don't Smile at Me was released in August 2017. The EP went on to become certified Gold by the RIAA, with five of the songs also being RIAA-certified (four Gold, one Platinum). Following the EP's success, Apple Music named Eilish as its newest Up Next artist in September 2017. Her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? will be released in March 2019.

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Billie Eilish
Eilish performing in 2017
Background information
Birth nameBillie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell
Born (2001-12-18) December 18, 2001 (age 17)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–present
Labels
Associated actsFinneas O'Connell
Websitebillieeilish.com

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell[2] (/ˈliʃ/, born December 18, 2001[3]) is an American singer and songwriter. Her debut single, "Ocean Eyes", went viral. Her debut EP Don't Smile at Me was released in August 2017. The EP went on to become certified Gold by the RIAA, with five of the songs also being RIAA-certified (four Gold, one Platinum). Following the EP's success, Apple Music named Eilish as its newest Up Next artist in September 2017.[4] Her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? will be released in March 2019.

Early life

Eilish was raised in Highland Park, Los Angeles by a family of actors and musicians.[5][3][6][7] Her parents are actress-musician-screenwriter Maggie Baird and Patrick O'Connell;[8][9][10] she has mainly Irish and Scottish ancestry.[11] She was homeschooled, and joined the Los Angeles Children's Chorus at age eight. At age 11, Eilish began writing and singing her own songs, taking after her older brother Finneas O'Connell who was already writing, performing and producing his own songs with his band.[12]

Career

2015–2017: Don't Smile at Me

In October 2015, Eilish recorded the song "Ocean Eyes", initially written by Finneas for his band, and sent it to her dance teacher who helped to choreograph a dance to it.[12][13]

"Ocean Eyes" was released as Eilish's debut single on SoundCloud in 2016. A music video was released on March 24, 2016, and a video of Eilish performing a dance to the song was released on November 22, 2016. That year, Eilish also released the single "Six Feet Under."[12] "Ocean Eyes" was rereleased worldwide through Darkroom and Interscope Records on November 18, 2016, to mainly 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 14, 2017, Eilish released an EP with four remixes of "Ocean Eyes".

Following the success of the "Ocean Eyes" remixes, Eilish released the single "Bellyache" on February 24, 2017.[14] "Bellyache" was produced and co-written by Finneas O'Connell, with a music video directed by Miles and AJ being released on March 22, 2017. On March 30, Eilish released the track "Bored" as part of the soundtrack to the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.[15] On June 30, 2017, Eilish released the single "Watch"[16] with a follow-up single, "Copycat" released on July 11, 2017, along with the announcement of her debut EP, Don't 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.[17] Don't Smile at Me was released on August 11, 2017.[18] After the release, Eilish collaborated with American rapper Vince Staples for a remix of "Watch" titled "&Burn", which was later included on a re-release of the EP.

2018–present: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

In February 2018, Eilish embarked on the Where's My Mind Tour, which concluded in April 2018.[19] For the Record Store Day of 2018, Eilish announced a 7" vinyl featuring an acoustic version of her song "Party Favor" and an acoustic cover of Drake's "Hotline Bling".[citation needed] Eilish collaborated with American singer Khalid for the single "Lovely", which was released in April 2018 and added to the soundtrack for the second season of 13 Reasons Why.[20] She also released the singles "Bitches Broken Hearts" and "You Should See Me in a Crown".[21] On October 17, 2018, Eilish released the single "When the Party's Over".[22] On January 30, 2019, Eilish released the third single from her upcoming album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, "Bury a Friend".[23][24]

Artistry and influences

Eilish and her brother Finneas, who produces her music,[25] collaborate on songwriting.[26][27] She said Finneas, who also performs with her on live shows, is her partner in making music.[26] Eilish and her brother "like to completely make up things and become characters. We like to have songs that are really fictional."[27] Eilish said a number of the songs they write also derive from her and Finneas' experiences: "A lot of the time we go through the same stuff, so it's a mixture of what he's going through and what I'm going through. It's kind of half and half: a lot of them are fictional and a lot of them are not."[27]

On the way she and Finneas write songs, Eilish said:

We try to write what everyone is thinking, but no one says. We try to say stuff that doesn't have to be that deep: it could be something random, like "I feel sad," but you say something way deeper in a certain way that makes sense, but you haven't really thought about. […] We try to be really interesting with the lyrics and really conversational".[27]

Finneas said when he writes songs for Eilish, he aims to "write a song that I think she’ll relate to and enjoy singing and empathise with the lyrics and make her own."[28] When he writes with Eilish, he tries "to help her tell whatever story she’s trying to tell, bounce ideas off of her, listen to her ideas", and use a language that fits her voice telling the story.[29]

Eilish primarily listens to hip hop and R&B. A big fan of rap music, Eilish looks up to and wants to collaborate with rappers such as Tyler, The Creator, Drake, Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Rocky, and singer Miguel.[27] She grew up listening to the Beatles, Green Day and Avril Lavigne.[27] A major musical influence for Eilish is Lana Del Rey.[26]

On her image, Eilish said:

I'm really different from a lot of people, and I kind of try to be. I don't like to follow the rules at all. […] If somebody starts wearing something a certain way, I'll wear the complete opposite of that. I've always worn what I wanted to and always said what I wanted to say. I'm super, super out there. […] I like to be remembered, so I like to look memorable. I think I've proved to people that I'm more important than they think. […] I'm kind of intimidating, so people will listen up. I'm kind of scary. A lot of people are just terrified of me. I have a resting bitch face.[27]

Personal life

On November 27, 2018, after videos emerged online of a compilation featuring Eilish experiencing tics related to Tourette syndrome, she posted on her Instagram account confirming Tourette syndrome was a part of her life.[30][31]

Discography

Studio albums

List of albums with selected details
Title Album details
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected details and chart positions
Title Extended play details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[32]
US
Alt.

[33]
AUS
[34]
BEL
(FL)

[35]
CAN
[36]
NLD
[37]
NOR
[38]
NZ
[39]
SWE
[40]
UK
[41]
Don't Smile at Me 141624101274412
Up Next Session: Billie Eilish
  • Released: September 20, 2017[47]
  • Label: Darkroom, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[48]
AUS
[34]
AUT
[49]
CAN
[50]
NLD
[37]
NOR
[38]
NZ
[51]
SWE
[40]
SWI
[52]
UK
[41]
"Six Feet Under"[53] 2016 Non-album single
"Ocean Eyes" 965869[upper-alpha 1]72 Don't Smile at Me
"Bellyache" 2017 [upper-alpha 2]6665[upper-alpha 3]79
"Bored"[59] 13 Reasons Why: Season 1
"Watch"[60] Don't Smile at Me
"Idontwannabeyouanymore" 9677[upper-alpha 4]78
"&Burn"[61]
(with Vince Staples)
"Bitches Broken Hearts"[62][upper-alpha 5] 2018
"Lovely"[64][upper-alpha 5]
(with Khalid)
645604655394514647 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 and Don't Smile at Me
"You Should See Me in a Crown"[67] 934770[upper-alpha 6] When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
"When the Party's Over" 521025143493102921
"Come Out and Play"[71] 692353367717696147 Non-album single
"When I Was Older"[72] 2019 [upper-alpha 7][upper-alpha 8] Music Inspired by the Movie Roma
"Bury a Friend" 143612102
[75]
2
[76]
1107 When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.

[56]
"Copycat" 2018 12 Don't Smile at Me
"My Boy"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart

Notes

  1. "Ocean Eyes" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number two on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[54]
  2. "Bellyache" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number three on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[56]
  3. "Bellyache" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number four on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[57]
  4. "Idontwannabeyouanymore" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number three on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[57]
  5. 1 2 The song is only included on the Expanded edition of the EP.[63]
  6. "You Should See Me in a Crown" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 3 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[68]
  7. "When I Was Older" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 7 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[73]
  8. "When I Was Older" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number three on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[74]

Tours

Headlining

Opening act

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