Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001) is an American singer-songwriter and dancer. Eilish was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Eilish was home-schooled and joined the Los Angeles Children's Chorus at age 8. She began singing and writing songs at a young age, following the footsteps of her brother Finneas O'Connell, who was already producing songs with his band.
Eilish uploaded her first major hit "Ocean Eyes," to SoundCloud one night just for her dance teacher. Her teacher was going to help create a choreographed dance to it. Eilish wakes up the next morning and finds out the song has gone viral, reaching 30M playbacks, 550K likes, and 18K reposts. The song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and peaked at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2019, 3 years after its release on SoundCloud. Eilish released an Extended Play (EP) of the song with 4 remixes of "Ocean Eyes" with Darkroom and Interscope Records.
Why is this section called "Why did YouTube recommend her stuff to me?" It is in honor of this question getting asked and up-voted to the top of YouTube videos that this section was made.
Eilish continued releasing top songs certified gold by the RIAA, one of which titled "Bored", was part of the soundtrack to the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Apple Music named Eilish an "Up Next" artist in September 2017. In 2018, Eilish released a 7" vinyl featuring an acoustic version of her song "Party Favor" and an acoustic cover of Drake's "Hotline Bling." Eilish collaborated with famous American singer Khalid for the single "Lovely," which was added to the soundtrack for the second season of 13 Reasons Why.
In October 2018, Eilish signed a modeling contract with Next Models. She was placed on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Towards the end of the year, Eilish released the single "Come Out and Play", which was used by Apple for a holiday-themed commercial.
Eilish continued releasing new top songs, one of which "Bury a Friend", reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another, "Wish You Were Gay," was released in March 2019 and peaked number 31 in the US and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Her album, When We All Fall Asleep, 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. It also makes Eilish the youngest female ever to have a number one album in the United Kingdom.
All but one of Eilish's songs were simultaneously charting Hot 100 songs. She is the first artist born in the 2000s and the youngest artist since Lorde (with "Royals") to have a number-one single. Eilish also created a song that featured Justin Bieber. Eilish is currently running her "When We All Fall Asleep Tour," which started at the Coachella Festival in April 2019.
Avery Stone describes Eilish's soprano vocals as "ethereal," and Maura Johnstone of Rolling Stone describes her vocals as "whispery." Dorren of The New Yorker characterizes her voice as "husky and slurring." Her music is inspired by alternative rock, EDM, electropop, pop, and trap.
Eilish called her brother, Finneas, her partner in making music. He produces her music and also performs with her on live shows. When coming up with music, they like to "completely makeup things and become characters" and have fictional songs. When Finneas writes with Eilish, he tries to help her:
Growing up Eilish listened to The Beatles, Green Day, Avril Lavigne, and Justin Bieber. The greatest source of inspiration and her favorite genre is Hip Hop. Eilish cited Tyler, the Creator, and Childish Gambino as major musical and style influences for her along with Earl Sweatshirt, Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey.
In the media, Eilish has been compared to both Lorde and Lana Del Rey, the latter of whom she says she does not want to be compared to, saying in a Los Angeles Times interview. Eilish also cited Rihanna as an inspiration for her style choices.
It seems another top question among the YouTube community being recommended her songs is "Sorry I don't understand her music", which again, is the inspiration for this section.
Much of the media attention surrounding Eilish has revolved around her fashion style, which consists of "baggy, ill-fitting clothing." She changes her hair to different shades of blue often. Eilish sports a skater streetwear tomboy look, which she describes as "super-cheap meets fancy." She would wear baggy pants, spiked necklaces, and neon Louis Vuitton tracksuits, rejecting the sexy selfie cliché that dominates Instagram. Eilish states that she likes dressing out of her comfort zone to feel like she grabs the attention of everyone around her. She also notes that she tries to be different from a lot of people, wearing clothing opposite to what others are wearing. Aiming to look memorable, Eilish said she believes she "proves to people that I'm more important than they think," and she is "kind of intimidating, so people will listen up." In 2019, Eilish appeared in a Calvin Klein ad, dressing in baggy clothes, claiming she did so to prevent people from body-shaming her.
According to popular community website Reddit, many people don't understand her music:
|You know, for a little bit, I did enjoy her music. But after really listening to the lyrics of songs like "my boy" and "idontwannabeyouanymore", I thought it was vapid, r/im14andthisisdeep kinda music. While the sound of the song is decent, and her voice is nice, I just couldn't get into her music anymore after listening to the lyrics of those songs. I'm 20, and I just felt too old for it, I guess. Not sure if that makes sense. And her persona of self-deprecating, fake "depressed", don't-give-a-fuck-about-anything is something that I see a lot of times on memes meant for high schoolers. It's cool to have "depression" (which IMO, is just people having regular everyday stress but purposely not coping with it which leads to this attitude) now for teenagers, but I live with depression, and it is anything but cool. It sucks, and I think if the people who listen to her music- the ones with this fake depression persona- had true depression, then they would stop glorifying it. Edit: What I mean by his fake depression thing is these memes I see of people that "hate" themselves, want to sleep in while also staying up late, and not do their schoolwork. Of course, no one wants to wake up early for work or school, and I think a lot of people would love to stay up late every day if they could, but that is normal in our human experience. What happens is these teens don't apply any discipline in their lives, and it compounds these issues and gets to a point where they act like "man I hate myself the world sucks I wanna die" The feeling of wanting to die is awful, and I empathize with anyone who truly has that feeling. But it's a glorifying of this emotion and thoughts on social media that makes teens think it's cool or edgy to feel this way, and so with the rise of this concept, rises celebrities who have the same persona. It's someone they can relate to|
It seems she is popular with the high school crowd since most can relate to what she's going through, according to another Redditor's opinion:
|To play devil’s advocate here, with her being 16, I think that whole weird/annoying vibe is pretty common with someone her age. I knew some people in high school that acted the same way she does. I think she has a great voice and I can enjoy some of her songs ( watch, bellyache, ocean eyes), but I do find her to be pretty generic in terms of her sound and look, since most singers her age or older are going for that dark, colorful look along with the trap/minimal production. She’s very popular with the high school crowd since most can relate to what she’s going through.|
However, she is artistic and her style will get more defined when she matures:
|I love her personality and her music, but yeah, I agree, she has an ultra annoying fan base and has been becoming kinda pretentious. Honestly, she’s like a lot of other girls her age, so I’m not that bothered by it. I like her songs, and I don’t find them super deep or anything, but she is very artistic, such as her Hostage video, which is a pretty creative way to show how it feels to be in an abusive relationship. She hasn’t gotten too full of herself yet, but I’m afraid fame is gonna get to her. Also, I don’t like a lot of the people she looks up to. She was friends with XXXTentacion, who is a known abuser, and honestly, I get so annoyed when she talks about him. She seems like a sweetheart beside her sometimes annoying persona, and honestly I hope her music doesn’t go downhill to appeal more to the mainstream as she gets more and more popular, and that would break my heart especially because I have been listening to her for over a year and I feel a connection with her. Hopefully, as she gets older, she’ll become more mature with her style but still try to branch out. She even admitted that she regretted trying to be “different” from other artists in an interview with Vanity Fair. Also, she isn’t what I’d call alternative. But I think her style is nice to see when it comes to a pop artist. She identifies as a pop artist, so it’s nice to know she’s not too full of herself. It’s borderline alternative pop, I think. She’s more alternative than artists like Halsey, who is an awful attempt at being “edgy” and “underground”.|
According to the popular news site, Vox, three Eilish fans, ages 9, 12, and 16, all had the same thing to say about her: "I love her, she's so different." Her brother, Finneas, said their song creation is sort of alchemy: if they are inspired by something, they would do a little bit of it and it would sound like a mistake. They would double down on their mistake and do something different, and it turns into something exciting. Finneas describes Eilish's voice as "It's all low end, with no instruments overlapping." Letting her voice ring out is key to her appeal.
Eilish's music contains more than caricatures. Part of her appeal is that she speaks to the common anxieties of her generation. Her album addresses:
She challenges the expectations of what a female pop star can sound like, look like, and publicly say. For example on her Instagram:
For the past two years, people are wondering that Eilish came out of nowhere overnight. But along the way, she has developed her unique style, resonated with today's young generation, and does have a good voice and style. She creates her songs through her inspirations - and her songs then become inspiring to the younger folks today.
Perhaps her songs are a wake-up call for America, that climate change, teen suicide, and teen drug use is a real thing happening. 13 Reasons Why also touches on the subject of teen suicide.
In any case, Eilish is seen as an inspiration to the young generation today and is the reason for this article -my younger sister asked me to write about Billie Eilish. If you have any comments, please let us know below in the comments section! What do you think of Billie Eilish?