Billie Eilish - Biography

Billie Eilish is a singer and songwriter from the United States. Pirate Baird O'Connell is a singer and songwriter from the United States. She initially came to public notice in 2015 with her first song "Ocean Eyes," which was later released by Darkroom, an Interscope Records subsidiary.

Her brother, Finneas O'Connell, wrote and produced the song, with whom she often works on music and in live performances. Don't Smile at Me (2017), her first extended play, was a financial success, charting in the top 15 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019), Eilish's first studio album, debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 and hit number one in the UK. It was one of the best-selling albums of 2019, helped by the success of its fifth song, "Bad Guy," which became Eilish's first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2020, she co-wrote and sang the theme song "No Time to Die" for the James Bond film of the same name, which charted at number one in the United Kingdom. Her subsequent songs "Everything I Wanted," "My Future," "Therefore I Am," and "Your Power" all charted in the top ten in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Eilish has won seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, one Guinness World Record, three MTV Video Music Awards, and two Brit Awards. She is the youngest artist in Grammy history, and just the second overall, to win all four general field categories in the same year: Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. She was selected to Time magazine's first list of the Time 100 Next (2019). Eilish is the 26th highest-certified digital singles artist and one of the most successful musicians of the 2010s, according to the RIAA and Billboard.

Family

Billie Eilish is a singer and songwriter from the United States. On December 18, 2001, Pirate Baird O'Connell was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Maggie Baird, an actress and former theatre group instructor, and Patrick O'Connell, an actor who is also a musician who works on Eilish's tours. Eilish has Irish and Scottish ancestors. She was created via the use of in vitro fertilisation. Her middle name, Eilish, was supposed to be her first name, and Pirate was supposed to be her middle name. She grew raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Highland Park.

Eilish and her brother Finneas were homeschooled by their parents in order for them to spend more time with them and have the flexibility to follow their hobbies. Baird taught Eilish and Finneas how to write songs. Eilish said that her brother and mother encouraged her to pursue a career in music. Their parents encouraged the siblings to express themselves and try new things, such as painting, dance, and acting. Eilish also participated in talent events and, at the age of eight, joined the Los Angeles Children's Chorus.

At the age of 11, she composed her first "real" song for her mother's songwriting class. The song is about the zombie apocalypse, and it was inspired by the television show The Walking Dead, from which she borrowed script lines and episode names for the song as part of the assignment. Eilish had attended several acting tryouts, which she hated; nevertheless, she loved recording background conversation for crowd scenes and worked on films such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ramona and Beezus, and the X-Men series. Eilish formerly resided with her parents in Los Angeles' Highland Park area until 2019, when she moved out. In 2021, she said that she still spends many nights in her childhood bedroom in order to stay near to her parents. She claimed that she suffers from Tourette syndrome, synesthesia, and depression. On her 17th birthday, her record label purchased her a Dodge Challenger. Eilish dated rapper Brandon Adams, also known as 7:AMP.

They called it quits in early 2020. Throughout the month of June 2021, Eilish became a topic of cancel culture and considerable media coverage as a result of numerous videos and comments directed towards her.

One of the videos showed her mouthing the anti-Asian insult "chink" while lip-syncing Tyler, the Creator's song "Fish." Others remarked on her usage of blaccent and AAVE. Eilish was also accused of queerbaiting after promoting her music video for the song "Lost Cause" with the tagline "I adore ladies," which was also observed to have "sapphic overtones and scenes." On June 22, she apologised on Instagram stories for using the slur "chink," claiming she was "appalled and humiliated" by the video and that she was "13 or 14" at the time and had no idea the word was offensive. She then addressed a second video in which she was seen mimicking an Asian accent, saying that she was "speaking in a stupid nonsense made up voice." In a July 2021 interview, Eilish reflected on the events, saying: "I said so many things back then that I completely disagree with today or believe the opposite. The strangest thing is that once something is on the internet, it never goes away... When you're a fucking adolescent, you don't know who you are... I wasn't sure what I was feeling. So I simply made up this façade and adhered to it.

Billie Eilish with her family
Career

In 2015, Eilish, who was 13 at the time, began writing songs with her brother Finneas, who had been writing and producing for many years and had his own band. The first songs they recorded together were "She's Broken" and "Fingers Crossed." "The first songs we worked on together were not written by us. For fun, he created a song called 'She's Broken,' and I wrote a song called 'Fingers Crossed,' which we both recorded and placed on SoundCloud "She reflects on the past. On June 23, 2016, Eilish and Finneas released "Six Feet Under" as her second single on SoundCloud. A handcrafted music video for the song was released on June 30, 2016. Maggie Baird, Eilish's mother, edited the film, which she directed. Eilish released an EP for "Ocean Eyes" on January 14, 2017, with four remixes by Astronomyy, Blackbear, Goldhouse, and Cautious Clay, as well as an EP for "Six Feet Under" featuring remixes from Blu J, Gazzo, Jerry Folk, and Aire Atlantica. After the success of the "Ocean Eyes" remixes, Eilish released "Bellyache" on February 24, 2017. The music video for the song, which was released on March 22, 2017, was directed by Miles and AJ.

On March 30, 2017, Eilish released "Bored" as part of the soundtrack for the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. A music video for "Bored" was released on June 26, 2017. In March of the same year, Apple Music presented Eilish at the South by Southwest music festival. On June 30, 2017, Eilish released her single "Watch." Eilish released another song, "Copycat," on July 14, 2017, along with the announcement of the release of her first EP, Don't Smile at Me. The tracks "Idontwanttobeyouanymore" and "My Boy" were later recorded by Eilish. On August 11, 2017, Don't Smile at Me was released. The EP was an unexpected hit, reaching number 14 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. In October 2017, Eilish embarked on the Don't Smile at Me Tour to promote her EP. Eilish released "Bitches Broken Hearts" on SoundCloud on November 10, 2017. The Where's My Mind Tour, which began in February 2018 and finished in April 2018, was Eilish's second headlining concert tour. "Bitches Broken Hearts" was re-released worldwide on March 30, 2018.

For Record Store Day 2018, Eilish released "Party Favor" on pink 7-inch vinyl, along with a B-side that featured a cover of Drake's "Hotline Bling." Eilish collaborated with American singer Khalid on the song "Lovely," which was released on April 19, 2018 and featured on the 13 Reasons Why Season 2 album. "You Should See Me in a Crown" was published in July 2018. In July of the same year, Eilish performed at the Mo Pop Festival. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released on March 29, 2019. According to Spotify, the album was supported by a "multi-level campaign," which included a multi-media playlist and "new product capabilities" that "enable for vertical video content, bespoke assets, and editorial narratives, all with the goal of providing more relevant and engaging context for fans." In Los Angeles, Spotify set up a "pop-up better album experience" with new artwork and a "multi-sensory" experience of each song for fans. Eilish became the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number-one album in the United States, as well as the youngest female ever to have a number-one album in the United Kingdom, with the album debuting at the top of both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart. With the exception of "Goodbye," Eilish set a new record for the most consecutively charting Hot 100 singles by a female artist with 14, as every song from the album peaked on the Hot 100. "Bad Guy," the album's fifth single, was released simultaneously with the album.

A Justin Bieber remix of the song was released in July 2019. Bad Guy debuted at number one in the United States in August, ending Lil Nas X's 19-week dominance with "Old Town Road." She is the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number-one single, and she is the youngest artist to do it since Lorde (with "Royals"). On November 7, 2019, Jack White's Third Man Records announced that an acoustic live album of Eilish's performance at the label's Blue Room would be released exclusively on vinyl at Third Man retail locations in Nashville, Tennessee, and Detroit, Michigan. Her next single, "Everything I Wanted," was released on November 13, 2019. On November 20, 2019, Eilish received six Grammy nominations, 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 was the youngest artist to be nominated in all four General Field categories. In the same month, Eilish was named Billboard Woman of the Year. Eilish has announced a livestream performance of Where Do We Go? in October 2020. On October 24, that year, the Livestream was set to broadcast from Los Angeles, with proceeds from the show's merchandise going to support event staff members affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

On October 24, 2020, Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top Billboard 200 Album (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? ), and Billboard Music Award for Top New Artist were all given to Eilish. In the same month, she announced a new song, "Therefore I Am," which will be released on November 12, 2020, along with a music video. During the 2020 Jingle Ball, Eilish performed "Therefore I Am" and "My Future." On October 18, 2020, Eilish was interviewed by Vanity Fair and stated that she is working on "sixteen new songs and lovin' them all," implying that she is working on a new musical project, which will most likely be released in 2021 and will be her second studio album. Rosala's single "Lo Vas a Olvidar" (Spanish for "You Will Forget It") from HBO's Euphoria soundtrack was released in January 2021, over two years after the song was initially previewed. R. J. Cutler directed Billie Eilish: The World Is a Little Blurry, which was released on Apple TV+ and in select theatres. The film's in-depth look at Eilish's personal life during her rapid climb to celebrity was praised by critics and fans alike. At the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, Eilish won two awards: the Grammy Award for Best Song and the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Her Bond theme was written for Visual Media, and her 2019 song "Everything I Wanted" won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Megan Thee Stallion "deserved to win," Eilish stated in her Record of the Year acceptance speech, but she praised her fans and brother Finneas for their support. On April 27, 2021, Eilish announced on Instagram that her second album, Happier Than Ever, will be released on July 30, 2021. The album artwork was also revealed in this tweet, and the tracklist, which comprises 16 songs, is now available on Apple Music. The record will be released on vinyl and cassette in a variety of colours, including brown, opaque light blue, pale yellow, golden yellow, cool grey vinyl, and pink and brown cassette. On April 29, 2021, Eilish released "Your Power," the third single from her upcoming album. The single was followed by a self-directed music video. On June 2, Eilish released "Lost Cause" as the fourth single from her album Happier Than Ever. On July 9, Eilish released "NDA" as the sixth single from her album Happier Than Ever.

Artistry

Eilish can sing in the soprano range. Noisey's Avery Stone called her vocals as "ethereal," while Rolling Stone's Maura Johnston described them as "whispery." She possesses a "husky, slurring voice that she can thin out to reedy," according to Doreen St. Félix of The New Yorker. While Eilish is musically and commercially pop, her brand also "reminds us how amorphous has become," with her soprano described as "too diminutive for vocal callisthenics," and her "playful version of teen-goth angst" and "electro-saturated debut album" capturing a diverse audience, according to music critic Robert Christgau. Pop, dark pop, electropop, emo pop, experimental pop, goth-pop, indie pop, teen pop, and alt-pop are all represented in her work. Eilish had wanted to direct her own music videos since she was 14, but owing to a lack of experience, she was first denied the opportunity. With the video for her song "Xanny," she made her directorial debut in 2019. Eilish also attended dance lessons until 2016, when a growth plate injury ended her dancing career and she shifted her concentration to music production.

Eilish Artistry
Influences

Eilish listened to the Beatles, Justin Bieber, Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, Linkin Park, and Lana Del Rey as a child. She has stated that discovering Aurora's "Runaway" on YouTube motivated her to pursue a career in music. Her favourite genre and greatest source of inspiration is hip hop. Earl Sweatshirt, Amy Winehouse, the Spice Girls, Lorde, Marina and the Diamonds, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, XXXTentacion, and Lana Del Rey are among Eilish's major musical and style influences. Other influences include Earl Sweatshirt, Amy Winehouse, the Spice Girls, Lorde, Marina and the Diamonds, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, XXXTentacion, and Lana She's been likened to Avril Lavigne, Lorde, and Lana Del Rey in the media, but she claims she doesn't want to be compared to the latter, saying, "That woman has created her brand so great for her entire career and she shouldn't have to hear that." She's also credited Rihanna as inspiring her dress choices after she referred to fashion as a "defence mechanism" in an acceptance speech. Ariana Grande's 2019 album Thank U, Next, according to Eilish, inspired her to keep writing music.

Fashion style

Eilish's fashion style, which comprises mostly of baggy, oversized apparel, has gotten a lot of notice in the media. She remarked in 2017 that she enjoys dressing out of her comfort zone in order to feel like she is attracting everyone's attention. She dresses in opposition to what others wear in order to be "very different from a lot of others." Eilish claimed she "established to people that she is more significant than they think" and enjoys being "sort of threatening, so people will listen up" in order to "appear memorable." She claimed in 2019: "'Billie Eilish, the spooky, odd, scary girl,' has become a thing over time. And it bothers me. It's a sham. I really don't want to be stuck in one place." Eilish was featured on the cover of British Vogue in June 2021. Craig McDean's picture shoot showed her clothed in lingerie, with a concentration on corsets.

Eilish fashion style
Products and endorsements

Eilish collaborated with Takashi Murakami to sell apparel inspired by her music video for "You Should See Me in a Crown," which was also directed and animated by Murakami, as well as a limited edition vinyl figure of herself from the video, in April 2019. In the same month, Eilish teamed with Adobe Creative Cloud on a series of advertising and a social media art contest, in which users submitted artwork using the hashtag "#BILLIExADOBE." In May 2019, Eilish starred in the Ad Council's "Seize the Awkward" campaign, a series of public service announcements aimed at mental health awareness, as well as Calvin Klein's "I Speak My Truth In #MyCalvins" ad campaign. In July 2019, she starred in MCM Worldwide's fall 2019 advertising campaign, and later that month, she collaborated on a clothing line with Freak City, a Los Angeles-based clothing business. She also performed at a Chanel-hosted dinner on Shelter Island in July 2019 to promote the brand's pop-up yacht club.

In August 2019, Eilish worked with Apple to let customers in Apple Store Music Lab sessions to try out her song "You Should See Me in a Crown." Eilish's cooperation with the clothing firm Siberia Hills sparked outrage after it was revealed that the company had copied designs for Eilish's clothing line based on fan art of the character Nozomi Tojo from Love Live!, made by artist Makoto Kurokawa. Later, the brand emphasised that Eilish was unaware of the plagiarism.

Eilish promoting products
Advocacy

Eilish was reared as a vegetarian and is a vocal champion for animal rights and veganism on social media, where she has criticised the dairy, wool, and mink fur industries, among others. Her internet activism earned her a PETA "Best Voice for Animals" award in 2019. Eilish encouraged followers to register to vote for the 2020 US presidential election online in March 2020. She performed at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in August 2020, where she pledged her support for Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

Eilish with awards
Tours
nameyear
Don't Smile at Me2017
Where's My Mind2018
When We All Fall Asleep2019
Where Do We Go? 2020
Happier Than Ever2022