Who is Billie Eilish?
Billie Eilish is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for her successful debut single, Ocean Eyes. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Belonging to a family of musicians, she was destined to make a career in performing arts. She joined a choir at the age of 8, and by the time she turned 11, she had begun writing and singing her own songs. Her elder brother, Finneas O’Connell, was the biggest influence in her life while she grew up. He had his own band and had written a song titled Ocean Eyes. Billie Eilish performed the song and released it online. It became a massive success. This turned out to be her first massive breakthrough. In 2017, her brother helped her record the single Bellyache. With the success of the song, Billie released her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, in August 2017. The EP appeared on several American and international music charts. In September 2017, Apple named her their newest Up Next artist. She then released her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? in March 2019, which was followed by Happier Than Ever, in July 2021.
The song Ocean Eyes was recorded in Novemeber 2015. It was initially meant for Billie’s dance classes. She handed over the song to her dance teacher and meant it to be featured in her next dance routine. The song turned out to be good, and the siblings decided that it must be up on the music-sharing platform ‘SoundCloud.’
The song was uploaded on ‘SoundCloud’ in November 2015, and by March 2016, the music video was released. It was later re-released commercially in November 2016. The song shot up and registered more than 10 million hits within a short period of time. This success was unexpected and made way for many more versions. In November 2016, a music video with Billie dancing on the song was released. It turned out to be another success.
Several major record labels came ahead to buy the rights for the song. The song was released worldwide by ‘Darkroom’ and’ Interscope Records.’ It immediately became a critical and commercial success. Toward the end of the year, Billie Eilish released another single, Six Feet Under.
Inspired by the success of her debut single, Ocean Eyes, Billie Eilsih recorded four remixes of the song and compiled them all in an EP titled Ocean Eyes. All the remixes became big hits and gave Billie enough courage to carry on with her future projects.
In February 2017, Billie Eilish released the single, Bellyache, which was produced and co-written by her brother. The music video for the song, directed by Miles and AJ, was released in March 2017.
Billie Eilish then recorded a song titled Bored, which was included in the official soundtrack of the famous ‘Netflix’ series, 13 Reasons Why. Two more singles, Watch and Copycat, were subsequently released. In July 2017, Billie announced her highly awaited debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me.
Before the official release of the EP, Billie Eilish released two singles from the same; My Boy and Idontwannabeyouanymore. Leading up to the release of the EP, she added new songs every Friday. The EP was eventually released on August 11 , 2017.
The same year, she collaborated with Vince Staples and released a remix of her song Watch, which was renamed &Burn. In order to promote herself more, she went on two headlining tours: Don’t smile at me Tour in October 2017 and Where’s my mind Tour from February-April 2018.
She also collaborated with famous American singer Khalid and worked with him on a single titled Lovely, which was released in mid-2018. The song became immensely popular and made the producers of 13 Reasons Why’ buy its rights and feature it in the second season of the series.
In 2018, Billie Eilish released the singles Bitches Broken Hearts, and You Should See me in a Crown. She then released a single titled When the Party’s Over and later that year was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30.
Her much awaited debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released on March 29, 2019. The album peaked at the Billboard 200 and UK albums chart making her the first millennial to achieve this feat in US and youngest female ever to have a number-one album in the UK.
In September 2019, she headed the Where Do We Go? World Tour but it got postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In January 2020 she performed the title track on the 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die, which was written and produced by her brother.
Her second studio album, Happier Than Ever was released on July 30, 2021 by Darkroom and Interscope Records. She hit the number-one spot at the Billboard 200 and UK album charts with her second album as well.
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