Billie Eilish Known For The immense popularity of her single Ocean Eyes, which made her a social media sensation and helped her grab the attention of the music industry. It also helped her get a record deal from Interscope Records. The song was eventually released worldwide in November 2016 through Interscope and Darkroom.
Born Name: Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell
Nick Name: Billie
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
Years active: 2015–present
Born: December 18, 2001, 18 years and 6 months, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5 ft 3 in or 160 cm. Billie has once claimed her height as 5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm during a Vanity Fair interview. But, that claim seems to be untrue.
Hair Color: Blonde (Natural). She often tends to dye her hair ‘platinum blonde’, ‘silver’, etc.
Eye Color: Blue
Measurements: 36-26-36 inches (91-66-91 cm)
Bra size: 34D
Genre: Electropop, Electronic
Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Keyboard
Labels: Interscope Records
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell is an American singer and songwriter who started her career at a young age. At just 11, she was writing the songs. Her big brother Finneas was a help to her at the starting of her career as he was already singing and performing the songs with a band. After releasing her song Ocean Eyes in November 2016, she got some exposure and ultimately, fan following. This helped her kickstart her career in music.
Billie Eilish’s parents decided to homeschool her along with her older brother Finneas.
Father – Patrick O’Connell
Mother – Maggie Baird (Actress, Musician, Songwriter)
Siblings – Finneas O’Connell (Older Brother) (Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Actor)
Billie Eilish is managed by Danny Rukasin and Brandon Goodman of Working Group Management.
She is also represented by Tom Windish and Sara Bollwinkel of Paradigm Agency.
She first gained media attention in 2015 when she uploaded the song Ocean Eyes to SoundCloud, and it was subsequently released by Interscope Records subsidiary Darkroom. The song was written and produced by her brother Finneas, with whom she collaborates on music and live shows. Her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me (2017), reached the top 15 in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Eilish’s debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019), debuted atop the Billboard 200 and became the best-performing album of 2019 in the US. It also reached number one in the UK. The album contains six Billboard Hot 100 top 40 singles When the Party’s Over, Bury a Friend, Wish You Were Gay, Xanny, Everything I Wanted, and Bad Guy, the last of which became her first number-one single in the US. In 2020, she released the latest James Bond theme song with No Time to Die, which became her first number one in the UK.
Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two Guinness World Records, three MTV Video Music Awards, and one Brit Award. She is the youngest person and second person ever to win the four main Grammy categories – Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year – in the same year. In 2019, Time placed her on their inaugural Time 100 Next list. Additionally, Eilish is the 23rd biggest artist of the digital singles era, according to RIAA, selling 37.5 million singles in the US alone.
O’Connell was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 18, 2001. She is the daughter of teacher, actress, and screenwriter Maggie Baird, and construction worker Patrick O’Connell, who worked part-time as an actor, appearing in films like Iron Man. Both her parents are amateur musicians. She is of Irish and Scottish descent. The singer’s middle name was originally meant to be her first name, while Pirate (proposed by her brother Finneas, four years her senior) was to be her middle name. She was conceived via in vitro fertilisation. She was raised in Los Angeles’ Highland Park neighborhood.
She was homeschooled and her mother taught her and Finneas the basics of songwriting. O’Connell and her brother had worked together on some music, while he had been writing and producing his own songs and performing with his band. O’Connell said her brother and her mother inspired her to get into music. Their parents encouraged the siblings to express themselves and explore whatever they wanted, including art, dancing and acting. O’Connell wrote her first real song at age 11 for her mother’s songwriting class. The song is about the zombie apocalypse, inspired by the television series The Walking Dead from which she took script lines and episode titles that she added to the song as part of the assignment. O’Connell had gone on some acting auditions, which she disliked; however, she enjoyed recording background dialogue for crowd scenes and worked on the films Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ramona and Beezus, and the X-Men series. She performed at talent shows and joined the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at age eight.
O’Connell grew up listening to The Beatles, Justin Bieber, Green Day and Lana del Rey.
2015–2017 Don’t Smile at Me
In October 2015, Eilish recorded the song Ocean Eyes, written and produced by Finneas originally for his band, after her dance teacher asked them to record a song for a dance routine. They released the song on SoundCloud, as they had already done with a couple of songs they wrote. The record and Eilish received praise and promotion from various media outlets and marketers, including radio stations and music supervisors such as Beats 1, KCRW, BBC One, Zane Lowe, Jason Kramer, Annie Mac, and Chris Douridas. Finneas’ manager had reached out to him after he made “Ocean Eyes” to discuss Eilish’s potential. In a deal arranged by Finneas, Apple Music signed Eilish to A&R company Platoon, which helps package artists before they get a major label deal. Eilish then got a publicist, who connected her to the luxury fashion brand Chanel, and a stylist, both of whom helped shape her image.
A music video for “Ocean Eyes” was released in March 2016. By August 2016, Eilish had signed to the record label and artist management company The Darkroom, an imprint of Interscope Records. Justin Lubliner, who signed Eilish to The Darkroom, developed her rollout as an artist, taking inspiration from the model of hip hop artists such as Travis Scott and Chance the Rapper, not relying on one big single and focusing on creating a persona and distinct aesthetic. A video of Eilish performing a dance to Ocean Eyes was released in November 2016, and the song was re-released worldwide through Darkroom and Interscope. That year, Eilish also released the single Six Feet Under, which premiered on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio show. Ocean Eyes was certified platinum by the RIAA in September 2018 and peaked at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2019.
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, with a video released in March 2017. That month, Eilish released the track “Bored” as part of the soundtrack to the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. In March, Apple Music also showcased Eilish at the South by Southwest music festival. In June 2017, Eilish released the single Watch with a follow-up single, Copycat released in July 2017, along with the announcement of her debut extended play, Don’t Smile at Me. Each Friday in July, another single to the EP was added. These singles included Idontwannabeyouanymore and My Boy, both of which were certified gold by the RIAA. Don’t Smile at Me was released in August 2017. The EP transformed Eilish from pastel pop star to dark pop artist.
Eilish’s team worked with Spotify, which promoted her on its most popular playlist, Today’s Top Hits. The Baffler described Eilish’s sound as fitting into the streambait genre consisting of largely mid-tempo, melancholy pop influenced by Lana Del Rey, whose singing style, bleakness, and the hip-hop influenced production shaped the aesthetic. Eilish’s commercial success expanded with her Spotify promotion. In September 2017, Apple Music named Eilish their Up Next artist, which followed with a short documentary, a live session EP and an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s radio station Beats 1. That month, the live EP titled Up Next Session: Billie Eilish was released. In December 2017, Eilish released her collaboration with American rapper Vince Staples titled &Burn, for a remix of “Watch” included on the expanded edition 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. For Record Store Day 2018, Eilish released a 7 inch vinyl featuring an acoustic version of her song Party Favor and an acoustic cover of Drake’s Hotline Bling. 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. Lovely was certified platinum in the US. She also released the singles Bitches Broken Hearts and You Should See Me in a Crown, and the latter was featured on the soundtrack to the video game FIFA 19. In July 2018, Eilish performed at the Mo Pop Festival. In October 2018, Eilish released the single When the Party’s Over, and signed a talent contract with Next Management for fashion and beauty endorsements. She was placed on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in November of that year, and released the single Come Out and Play, written for a holiday-themed Apple commercial.
Eilish performing at Pukkelpop 2019
In early January 2019, Eilish’s EP Don’t Smile at Me reached 1 billion streams on Spotify, making her the youngest artist to top 1 billion streams on a project. That month, Eilish released Bury a Friend as the third single from her upcoming debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, along with When I Was Older, a single inspired by the 2018 film Roma, which appeared on the compilation album Music Inspired by the Film Roma. Bury a Friend peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. In February, Eilish partnered with YouTube for a documentary mini-series titled A Snippet Into Billie’s Mind. Wish You Were Gay, her fourth single from the album, was released on March 4, 2019, and debuted and peaked at number 31 in the US and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released on March 29, 2019. Spotify launched a multi-level campaign behind the album, creating a multi-media playlist and new product features that Spotify stated allow for vertical video content, custom assets, and editorial storylines all with the goal of creating more meaningful and engaging context for Eilish’s fans. In Los Angeles, Spotify set up a pop-up enhanced album experience, which included different artwork and a multi-sensory experience of each track for fans. The album 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, and the youngest female ever to have a number one album in the United Kingdom. Upon the album’s debut, Eilish broke the record for most simultaneously charting Hot 100 songs by a female artist, with 14, after every song from the album, excluding Goodbye, charted on the Hot 100. The fifth single from the album, Bad Guy, was released in conjunction with the album. A remix of the song featuring Justin Bieber was released in July 2019. In August, Bad Guy peaked at number one in the US, ending Lil Nas X’s record-breaking 19 weeks at number one with Old Town Road. She is the first artist born in the 2000s and the youngest artist since Lorde with Royals to have a number-one single.
Eilish began her When We All Fall Asleep Tour at Coachella Festival in April 2019, with the tour concluding on November 17, 2019 in Mexico City. In August 2019, Eilish partnered with Apple Music for Music Lab: Remix Billie Eilish, part of Apple Stores’ Music Lab sessions during which fans deconstruct her song You Should See Me In A Crown and learn how to create their own remix on Apple devices and GarageBand. On September 27, 2019, Eilish announced her Where Do We Go? World Tour via her Instagram page. The tour is set to begin in Miami on March 9, 2020 and conclude in London on July 27, 2020.
On November 7, 2019, Jack White’s Third Man Records announced the label would be releasing an acoustic live album of Eilish’s performance from the record label’s Blue Room, exclusively sold on vinyl at Third Man retail locations in Nashville, Tennessee, and Detroit, Michigan. On November 13, 2019, she released her next single, Everything I Wanted. On November 20, 2019, Eilish was nominated for six Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Bad Guy as well as Album of the Year and Best New Artist. At the age of 17, she became the youngest artist to be nominated in all four General Field categories. In the same month, Eilish was crowned 2019’s Billboard Woman of the Year. On January 14, 2020, Eilish was announced as performer of the title track for the 25th installment in the James Bond film franchise, No Time to Die, written and produced with her brother. With this announcement, Eilish became the youngest artist to write and perform a James Bond theme song. The song was released as a single February 13, 2020. Shortly after, it became the second Bond theme song to top the British official charts and the first Bond theme performed by a female artist to do so. It was also Eilish’s first number one single in the UK. At the 62nd Grammy Awards, she became the youngest person and first woman to win the four main Grammy categories – Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year – in the same year.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Eilish and O’Connell performed for both iHeart Media’s Living Room Concert for America, and Global Citizen’s Together at Home concert series, singing a cover of Bobby Hebb’s Sunny for the latter. Both virtual concerts were an effort to raise awareness and funds towards fighting the disease.
Musical style, songwriting, and music videos
Avery Stone of Noisey described Eilish’s soprano vocals as ethereal, and Maura Johnston of Rolling Stone characterized them as whispery. Doreen St. Félix of The New Yorker opined that she has a husky, slurring voice that she can thin out to reedy. Music critic Robert Christgau wrote that while Eilish is musically and commercially pop, her brand also reminds us how amorphous pop has become, describing her soprano as too diminutive for vocal calisthenics, adding that her playful version of teen-goth angst and electro-saturated debut album captivated a diverse audience. Her music incorporates indie pop, pop, alternative pop, dark pop, EDM, electropop, emo pop, goth-pop and trap.
Eilish and her brother, Finneas, collaborate on songwriting. Eilish called Finneas her partner in making music. He writes for her albums, produces her music and also performs with her on live shows. Eilish and Finneas like to completely make up things and become characters and have songs that are really fictional. Eilish said a number of the songs also derive from her and Finneas experiences. They try to write really interesting and conversational lyrics We try to say stuff that doesn’t have to be that deep but you say something way deeper in a certain way that makes sense, but you haven’t really thought about. Finneas has stated when he writes songs for his sister, he aims to write that I think she’ll relate to and enjoy singing and empathise with the lyrics and make her own. 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.
Eilish has wanted to direct her own music videos since she was 14 but was initially not given the opportunity, due to lack of experience.
In 2019, she directed the video for her song Xanny.
Eilish has said that stumbling upon Runaway by singer Aurora on YouTube inspired her to pursue music. Hip hop music is Eilish’s favorite genre and biggest inspiration. She has cited Tyler, the Creator, Childish Gambino and Avril Lavigne as major musical and style influences for her and other influences include Earl Sweatshirt, Amy Winehouse, Spice Girls, and Lana Del Rey. She has been compared in the media to Lavigne, Lorde and Del Rey, the last of whom she says she does not want to be compared to, stating, That woman Lana has made her brand so perfect for her whole career and she shouldn’t have to hear that. She has also named Rihanna as an inspiration for her style choices, after she called fashion her defense mechanism during an acceptance speech. In 2019, Eilish said that Ariana Grande’s album Thank U, Next inspired her to continue making music.
Much of the media attention surrounding Eilish has revolved around her style, which consists primarily of baggy, ill-fitting clothing. In 2017, Eilish stated that she likes dressing out of her comfort zone to feel like she grabs the attention of everyone around her. She tries to be really different from a lot of people and dresses opposite to what others wear. Aiming to look memorable, Eilish said that she proved to people that she’s more important than they think and likes being kind of intimidating, so people will listen up. In 2019, she stated Over time it’s kind of become a thing, Billie Eilish, the creepy, weird, scary girl. And I don’t like that. It’s lame. I just don’t want to stay one thing. That year, Eilish appeared in a Calvin Klein advert, wherein she mentioned that she dresses in baggy clothes to prevent people from body-shaming her.
According to Kenneth Womack in 2019, Eilish had staked her claim as the reigning queen of electropop with her debut album and been variously called out for being precocious and the poster child for late-adolescent angst. But in truth, she’s nothing of the sort.
Products and endorsements
In April 2019, Eilish released clothing in collaboration with Takashi Murakami, inspired by her music video for You Should See Me in a Crown, also directed and animated by Murakami, as well as a limited edition vinyl figure of herself from the video. Eilish also collaborated with Adobe Creative Cloud the same month for a series of advertisements as well as a social media art contest, where users would submit artwork with the hashtag #BILLIExADOBE.
Eilish appeared in the debut of Calvin Klein’s I Speak My Truth In #MyCalvins ad campaign in May 2019, as well as the Ad Council’s Seize the Awkward campaign, a series of PSAs targeting mental health awareness. She fronted MCM Worldwide’s fall 2019 advertising campaign in July 2019, and later that month, collaborated with Los Angeles-based clothing brand Freak City for a clothing line. Also in July 2019, she performed at a dinner hosted by Chanel on Shelter Island to celebrate the brand’s pop-up yacht club.
In August 2019, Billie Eilish partnered with Apple to allow Apple Store customers to experiment with her song You Should See Me in a Crown in Music Lab sessions in its stores. Eilish’s collaboration with the clothing company Siberia Hills was met with controversy after it was revealed that the company had used plagiarized designs of fan art of the character Nozomi Tojo from Love Live!, drawn by artist Makoto Kurokawa, for Eilish’s clothing line. The brand later clarified that Eilish herself had no knowledge of the plagiarism.
As of early 2020, Eilish lives with her parents in Highland Park, northeast Los Angeles.
Eilish has stated that she has Tourette syndrome, synesthesia, and has experienced depression. She was raised vegetarian and regularly advocates veganism on social media.
Platinum blonde dyed hair
Her unique fashion sense which is characterized by baggy silhouetted clothes.
Often wears a gold wristwatch
Loves wearing thick gold chains
Billie Eilish has appeared in a commercial for Apple Music in 2017.
As a Singer
In August 2017, she released her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me.
First TV Show
In 2017, Billie Eilish made her first TV show appearance as herself in the comedy talk show, The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Billie Eilish Favorite Things
Inspirations – Tyler, The Creator, Drake, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean, Childish Gambino, Aurora, A$AP Rocky, and Lana Del Rey
Fashion Brands – Fendi, Gucci, Off-White, Golf Wang
Horror Movie – The Babadook
Horror TV Series – The Walking Dead, American Horror Story
Color – Yellow
Song Of Don’t Smile at Me – COPYCAT
Thing About Her Brother – The ability to listen.
Billie Eilish Facts
She started performing with Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at the age of 8. Her brother was also a member of the ensemble.
She started writing her songs at the age of 11. The first-ever song she wrote was about the zombie apocalypse and was titled Fingers Crossed. She had written it just after watching The Walking Dead.
In October 2015, her brother came to her room and told her about the single he was performing with his band. She sang Ocean Eyes for the first time in her room at that time. Billie eventually recorded Ocean Eyes and sent it to one of her dance teachers. She had basically created a free download link on SoundCloud so that her teacher could download it.
Before publishing Ocean Eyes on Soundcloud, she had posted two singles She’s Broken and Fingers Crossed with her brother Finneas on the popular music streaming platform.
After it went viral on SoundCloud, Hillydilly, a music discovery website, discovered it and posted it on their website.
The song was eventually discovered by Danny Ruckasin and he got in touch with her brother with the proposition to represent them.
Before her music career took off, she was more interested in contemporary dance and used to spend 11 hours per week working in the dance studio.
While growing up, she acted in a number of plays. However, after going for one lousy audition, she decided that acting wasn’t for her.
In the early months of 2016, she strained her growth plate while dancing with a bunch of seniors in the dance class. She was doing hip-hop moves when the bone popped, she later discovered that the bone had separated from the muscle in her hip.
In January 2020, she became the first woman artist and the youngest person ever to win General Field Awards in all the 4 categories in a single ceremony at Grammy Awards.
Billie was titled Billboard Woman of the Year in 2019.
Visit her official website @ billieeilish.com.
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