Billie Eilish, the edgiest of edgy teens got way too popular way too fast. She went from making music at home to releasing her first album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ and literally changing the music scene with ‘bad guy’ making it to the top of Billboard Hot 100. The songstress who works in collaboration with her brother Finneas O’Connell has performed for the best celebrities, produced genre-bending music and booked tours, all in the past year. Amazing as her career trajectory is, it sounds exhausting more than anything else. She is a musician, an influencer, a music producer and now, she’s 18. 18 December marks her official entry into adulthood but regardless of the number of candles on her cake, she has crossed milestones beyond her age and that journey just got her major GRAMMY noms.
When Billboard gave Billie Eilish the ‘Woman of the Year’ award she realised its the first time she’s been referred to as a “woman” and while this birthday changes the way she is perceived by millions of listeners, she has already made it as an icon. And we could think of a couple of reasons why that is:
Billie Eilish is weird and that’s why you love her
‘bad guy’ made it to music junkies’ playlist in no time. Before we knew it, everyone regardless of their age and gender was humming along to the song which by the way happens to have the weirdest lyrics. I’ll be honest here, I’m a little over than half a decade older than Billie Eilish and I can’t tell what most of her songs are about. And if you manage to live with the impossible to comprehend lyrics of ‘bad guy’ you’ll be hit by its equally impossible to comprehend music video. And that’s not the only one, take ‘when the party’s over’ for example:
Blood, kiddie cars, trippy backgrounds, more blood and Billie’s signature deadpan stare aren’t easy to process but it catches your attention and keeps you hooked. Then begin the replays till you’ve listened to an entire album twice on loop. How did it happen? Pop music has been about Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran so when did we start making space for this kid with an angsty vibe and seemingly importantly statements to make. Her weirdness somehow vibes with yours and it’s making her music increasingly popular. A generation that grew up on the internet has consumed enough media and information. For Billie’s songs to surprise them and speak to them is quite something.
Billie Eilish is relatable AF
Billie Eilish’s rise to stardom is so distinctive, its hard to imagine being in her shoes. But time and again she proves that she is no different than the average teen just trying to be herself. She’s in every cool fandom (even anime) and has been channelling what JoJo fans think is Dio’s exact fashion aesthetic on several occasions. She is a Hollywood insider but, watch out for what she insists are ‘red carpet’ looks. The musician will only wear whatever the hell she wants when she steps out in public. She went to a radio music awards night wearing an asymmetrical print of Sailor Moon which is a huge shoutout to the classic 90s anime. If that didn’t suggest she doesn’t give a damn about the rules, she put up a caption openly complaining about not getting an award. Who else feels like there’s no particular time or place to be your own petty self and not apologize for it?
This woman is such a mood, she once put a live spider in her mouth for a scene in a music video. Also, the iconic shot of paint dripping down her eyes? Real! She loves doing little tricks and stunts that go with the crazy aesthetics of her videos.
Billie Eilish is saving the world with the rest of the kids
With all her typical teen traits, Billie has also taken up her generation’s appetite for activism. In her recent interview with NME, she extended her support to Greta Thunberg who is the young spokesperson for climate change, going up against US President Trump in the fight to do away with bad environmental practices. She is also an advocate on mental health and it reflects on her music as well. Her songs have a way of picking on behaviour associated with mental health problems and giving them a voice backed by fluffy, melodic tunes. And did I mention she’s vegan? She believes in cruelty-free life like most woke kids these days!
Songs like ‘Bury a Friend’ and ‘Come Out and Play’ seem to be a part of your playlist but Billie Eilish debuted only in 2015 with ‘Ocean Eyes’ and within a few years, she’s made it into GRAMMY nominations. We say she deserves it. Wishing the icon who freaks you out, does her part and refuses to apologize a very Happy Birthday.