What’s the Idea?
Discover Billie Eilish, the singer-songwriter.
What’s the story
I’ve been a Billie Eilish fan since I first watched the video for her single, “Bellyache”.
I instantly loved her dark edge
As well as the maturity in the lyrics
Plus her unique sound for one so young.
Since then I’ve followed her work
Billie Eilish is an American singer-songwriter
Although she lives in the U.S. she has performed in the UK
Unfortunately I missed seeing her live at Glastonbury 2019
Because I was working at the time.
People should do this because…?
Billie Eilish is an inspiration to young women and girls.
Because she has achieved so much in such a short space of time.
She writes her music with her brother Finneas O’Connell
And it’s unique, intelligent and emotive
How did they do it?*
Billie Eilish became famous after her first single, “Ocean Eyes” was released
Since then she has has become a global superstar.
Her album was called “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
And it debuted at #1 in the Billboard 200 in the U.S.
It also went to number 1 in these countries:
- New Zealand
As well as others. What an achievement!
Billie’s first album is now the biggest North American debut of the decade.
As it sold 313,000 units in the first week
Since it was released it has hit number 1 in the Billboard 200 album 3 times
Gaining more than 15 billion combined streams worldwide.
In 2019, Billie Eilish headlined “The Other Stage” at Glastonbury Festival.
And Time Magazine placed her on their “Time 100 Next” list.
Then she was crowned 2019 Billboard Woman of the Year.
Billie was nominated for six Grammy Awards
Including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Bad Guy”
And for Album of the Year
As well as Best New Artist
At 17 she became the youngest artist to be nominated in all four General Field categories.
In 2020, Billie Eilish became the youngest artist to write and perform a James Bond theme song.
She called it “No Time To Die”
It was written and produced with brother Finneas.
And became her first UK #1.
Then, at the 62nd Grammy Awards
Billie became the youngest person
And the first woman
To win all four main Grammy categories.
- Best New Artist
- Record of the Year
- Song of the Year
- Album of the Year
During the 2019-20 Lockdown, Billie and Finneas have performed virtual concerts.
Which are part of iHeart Media’s Living Room Concert for America
And Global Citizen’s Together at Home concert series
Which raise awareness and funds
Towards fighting coronavirus.
Billie Eilish’s background
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell was born December 18th, 2001.
Her parents are Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell
And she is of Irish and Scottish descent.
Billie was home-schooled
And was taught the basics of songwriting by her mother.
Billie and her brother Finneas O’Connell started working on music together
Whilst he was writing and producing his own songs.
And performing with his band
They’ve been writing together ever since.
Billie cites Finneas and her mother as her inspirations
And the reason she got into music.
Billie Eilish’s influences
If you want to widen your music experience
Why not check out some of Billie’s musical influences:
Ariana Grande’s album, “Thank U, Next”.
“The Billie Eilish Starter Pack”
To get you started here is a list of her most popular works
- Bad Guy
- Everything I Wanted
- Lovely (with Khalid)
- When The Party’s Over
- No Time To Die
- Ocean Eyes
- I Love You
- Bury A Friend
- Wish You Were Gay
- All The Good Girl’s Go To Hell
- When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
If you like Billie Eilish you might also like…
- Alessia Cara
- Avril Lavigne
- Lana Del Rey
- Ariana Grande
Stuff you may need
- A device to listen to Billie’s Music on.
- Spotify / YouTube / iTunes