Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

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When singer-songwriter Billie Eilish feels something new, the first thing she does is take out her phone and write it down. “You can write anything,” she told Apple Music in an interview for the Up Next series. “You can say the truth, and you can not tell anyone that it’s the truth—you can just write it, and it’ll be yours.” Raised and homeschooled in Los Angeles by actor-musician parents, Eilish (born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell in 2001) started writing songs when she was around 11, exploring a strain of melancholy, minimal, and slightly surrealistic pop influenced as much by Lana Del Rey as the radical honesty of rappers like Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. Writing and recording with her brother-producer, FINNEAS, at their parents’ house, Eilish released dont smile at me in 2017, followed by an ever-evolving series of singles. Hardly two years later, she’d released the award-winning WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (2019), an experimental-pop opus that explored mental health and all manner of sleep phenomena, totally upending the notions of what constitutes pop music. (She also won the inaugural Apple Music Award for Global Artist of the Year in 2019.) Despite the attention, Eilish did her best to stake out a space of freedom and fluidity, expanding her range of collaborators and dodging easy definition. “If people think I have a sound, if people are like, ‘Oh yeah, her sound is this,’ if someone asks you what my sound is and you have an answer for them—you’re wrong,” she said. “Instead of trying to find a sound, when I want to make something and when I have an idea of what I want to make, I’m just going to make that.” Eilish stayed true to that philosophy on 2021’s Happier Than Ever, a lighter, airier collection of jazz-inflected torch songs that chart a path of maturity and self-discovery. She’s also made her mark on the big screen, with the haunting Bond theme “No Time To Die” and the poignant Barbie ballad “What Was I Made For?”—proving that no matter which direction her whims take her, Eilish remains a trailblazer.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
December 18, 2001
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