Billie Eilish is an unlikely pop-star. She has become a sensation with her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? - numerous songs off which have found their way to the global Top 40. However, before this album debuted, Billie already had a strong and loyal fan base, which all began with her breakthrough viral single “Ocean Eyes” which she recorded at the age of 14. After the single’s immense popularity, she released her debut EP Don’t Smile at Me, which included other popular singles like “Bellyache” “Copycat” and “I don’t want to be with you anymore.” She has even collaborated with Khalid on the track “Lovely.” Billie was brought up on the outskirts of LA, and was home schooled. Unlike most fans would assume, she claims to not having much income while growing up. She credits her parents for satisfying all her creative wishes, right from dancing, to piano lessons and horse riding. Inspired by her elder brother- Finneas O’ Connell (with whom she now co-writes her music) she began writing songs at the age of 11. It is not easy to describe what she sounds like, but one can sense an eerie and creepy vibe throughout. It is often put in the category of goth pop by critics. At the young age of 17, she currently holds the mantle of being an idol to a large chunk of 11-19 year old girls who see her voice as a representation of their teen angst. The generations before this had artists like Avril Lavigne and Lana Del Rey, who held the same position for the teen girls at that time. In fact, Billie herself cites Lana Del Rey as one of her major influences. On “Ocean Eyes”, the ballad-y woozy song to which Billie croons in her smoky voice, the influence of Lana Del Rey is clear. And while her sound has been compared with that of Lana Del Rey, Melanie Martinez, and Lorde, she still retains a different dark vibe of her own. On her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, she has touched genres ranging from trip-hop, electro-pop, dub-step, trap and indie pop. It is not just these various genres through which she glazes which is unique, but the eerie sense of intimacy that one feels while listening to her. Her music sounds extremely personal, which is heightened by the fact that she records her music in her bedroom. She further embodies these ASMR-esque DIY styles on her album’s intro, when she says “I have taken out my Invisalign and this is the album” while she slurps right into your ear. There are frequent unexpected giggles and hums in the middle of the songs which further add to this personalized and intimate feel. Add to this the sinister and bass heavy music and eerie messed up lyrics, supplemented by horrorcore visuals, and you have a unique sound which is far from any formula employed by pop stars. While some of her songs are quirky and absurd, some are more traditional soulful love ballads such as “Listen before I go” “When the party’s over”, and “I love you” where Billie expresses her more sincere self. Billie claims that this album has been informed by her troublesome dreams. She has experienced recurrent night terrors, lucid dreams, as well as sleep paralysis at the time of the recording of the album which thus explains the album title. This ingenuity in her music trickles down to her style as well, which is once again unique. The blue haired artist experiments with androgynous clothing and usually sports baggy clothes. She reveals her reason for donning such baggy clothes in a Calvin Klein ad where she states that such clothing protects her from being objectified and sexualized. Her popularity amongst teens can also be attributed to the fact that most young girls see Billie as a relatable star. In an interview, Billie has herself claimed of being extremely conscious of not causing any pain to her fans because of her behavior and attempts to be as accessible as she possibly could be.
15 albums, 41 tracks
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Exemplifies Power of Gen Z by Game Changing the Core of the Music Business
Sometimes as a mature adult it’s kind of hard to run into terms with facets of the newer pop generation and can be quite a peculiar and blockbuster event in the process of doing so. I mean especially when your already getting Nickelodeon slime vibes from outside the gate of commercial entry. Well Billie Eilish was one of those artist that truly crept up on me I’ll have to admit which is one of the first things I’ll say that the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? does. It’s ominously inviting from the title and for me it set one hell of a debut stage for a LP for a 17 year older. The shocking thing on top of the lackluster first impression, and further impressions, from this ascentual star is that she is only 17 as of now. When I was that age I was actually very creative with visuals and technology, which I learned is Billie Eilish’s forte when it comes to her music and her craft. The hands-on involvement inspired me and pieced together everything on When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? As it’s all a sound body of work in theme, music production and tone. A haunting tone for the most part which is one of the elements of this artist that deflects from her actual age and naivete. On contrary Billie Eilish has noticeably acute vocals as well on ballads like “When The Party’s Over” and “Lovely”. The singer Khalid assists beautifully in the song “Lovely” the lyrics “Isn’t it lovely, all alone. Heart made of glass, my mind of stone,” sinks deeply with the heavy emptiness it carries. The two artists meshed so naturally on the subtlety haunting track exposing the amazing versatile chemistry Billie Eilish is able to intertwine.
It always happens. It seems that it is a prophecy (read this with intense medieval intonation): "Every so often a magical creature emerges by surprise from anonymity, with a new sound, a special vision and an aesthetic that until then was difficult to see or guess. That creature will be able to understand reality differently and will dazzle society with its way of understanding music.'' In a time where pop and commercial music were falling into the abyss of boredom, with repeated bases until you can’t stand them anymore and, in general, boring, Billie Eilish took the role of that new and magical being. Our music is experiencing a golden age in terms of sounds: tired of the usual melodies, a few years ago music began to introduce new sounds, and has evolved until today, when it has opened its range of options and artists with curious and original visions that contribute with their small grain of sand, changing music. The maximum representation of this we can find today is Billie, who at the end of last March released her album '' WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? ''
I’ve actually been waiting to write this one for the longest time. I consider myself to be one of the biggest Billie Eilish fans, and it’s not really up for debate. I was one of the first to originally discover her those 3 years ago before anyone even knew her. She barely had two songs released with “Ocean Eyes” and “Six Feet Under.” I knew right away that she was something special. I told everyone in the goddamn world about her. Ya know, I kind of miss those days — when you’re giving your friend a music recommendation and you hope they haven’t heard of the artist you’re suggesting. “Have you heard of Billie Eilish?” “Who?” It was a great feeling to be the first one to tell someone about an amazing new artist. It’s an even greater feeling knowing that you got to witness the entire rise of this now monumental influence. You get to see them grow as an artist and it gives you a sense of pride. I even made sure to write about her to get the message out. Each year, on my personal blog, I write an article spreading the word about new artists who are on the brink of blowing up. I put Billie Eilish as my No. 1 new artist in my 2017 version of the series. The previous year, I chose Dua Lipa as my No. 1 and now she’s got 2 Grammy’s, billions of streams and views, and everyone knows her. Now, look at Billie Eilish, because next year you know she’s coming for those Grammy’s too. You could say I have a knack for this sort of thing. I honestly credit myself to jump-starting both of their careers. To them I say “You’re welcome.” Regardless, I’m so proud of Billie Eilish’s recent successes, and how was she was able to stay true to her vision by creating WWAFAWDWG with only her brother, FINNEAS. You don’t get much of that in the music business nowadays. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this wonderful record.
I am using the pronoun ‘our’ in the headline because apparently, Billie Eilish has struck upon a gold mine of angst that we can all identify with – and this disquiet never does go away. I am almost 50 years old and even at this age, there are days when the dark forces in my brain can overwhelm my usually positive nature. We, of course, never talk about it (at least in public) or show people that we are falling apart. It is often seen as a sign of weakness or a weak personality. So, we need artists like Billie Eilish to articulate it to us and give us songs which may sound weird at first – but are just clear articulations of some of our worrying trepidations and products of our fertile imaginations. Billie Eilish is only 17 years old and she already has a debut studio album out. That means she wrote most of the songs in this album when she was just 16 years old or younger. A-MA-ZING! Well, I am saying that because when you say 16 years old, the songs I expect to hear from a teenager would be something like Debbie Gibson’s “Out of the Blue” or Britney Spears “Baby One More Time”. But what if you get songs like “Bury A Friend” or “Bad Guy”. Hmmmm…..then I realized, oh yeah, there are several sides of teenage life and one of them is the gloomy, depressed, sad part of growing up – and I think that is the aspect of teenage life that Billie Eilish is expressing.
Billie Eilish, The 17-Year-Old Phenom, Releases Her Soul Rupturing Debut Album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
The highly anticipated debut album from the viral-pop sensation marvels in the worlds of lyrical depth and personal narrative amid a Goth infused, deep-toned experimental vibe – At 17 years of age I was watching Sister Sister and swooning over my first boyfriend but not Billie Eilish. The young gem has over 15 million followers on Instagram and has sat on the couch of Ellen DeGeneres. As if 17 years old isn’t young enough, her true claim to fame came at age 14 with her obnoxiously successful single “Ocean Eyes” which has amassed over 16 million listens on Soundcloud and over 87 million streams on Spotify. Like fine wine Eilish only gets better over time proving to give herself quite the arduous task of sounding better than what others already have deemed great – The Los Angeles native teenager cultivates music that brims with lyrical complexities, depth, visual anomalies and a knack for penned open explication. Her written ambiguity allows listeners to adopt whatever interpretation they choose. When most artists release their first body of work it hearkens like the beginning of something beautiful but it’s swelling with flaws and room for improvement. Somehow, this barley legal adult has released a debut album that simmers like perfection – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is laced with 13 full tracks each sonically diverse from its previous. Albums that overflow with flavor and topic shifting make for a robust body of work. Eilish leaves listeners with a full stomach after ingesting this project.
Official Music Videos
Static Image Video
- Jun 28, 2019Billie Eilish Says She Uses Fashion As a 'Defense Mechanism'
- Jun 27, 2019Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, BTS, ‘Mumble Rap’ Lead Nielsen Music’s Mid-Year Report
- May 30, 2019Billie Eilish Mesmerizes A Sold-Out San Francisco Crowd On Opening Night Of Tour
- May 16, 2019Watch Melissa McCarthy Insert Herself into Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ Video on ‘Ellen’
- May 16, 2019Stevie Nicks, Billie Eilish, Kacey Musgraves, More Contribute to Girls Rock Benefit Auction
- Apr 19, 2019Billie Eilish and Takashi Murakami Drop Limited Edition Vinyl Figure
- Apr 16, 2019Billie Eilish’s UK Label Apparently Commissioned An ASMR Tribute To Her Album
- Apr 14, 2019Coachella Day 2: A Triumphant Billie Eilish Catches Some Air; Tame Impala and Weezer Offer Competing Visions of Rock
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.
You May Also Like
Contributors / Perfectionists
Contribute To This Page?
- Show Less
- Show More
- Show More
- Show More
- Show More
- Show More