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Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell (/ˈaɪlɪʃ/ EYE-lish;[2] born December 18, 2001) is an American singer-songwriter.[dubious – discuss] She first gained public attention in 2015 with her debut single “Ocean Eyes“, which was subsequently released by Darkroom, an imprint of Interscope Records. The song was written and produced by her brother, Finneas O’Connell, with whom she frequently collaborates on music and in live shows. Her debut extended playDon’t Smile at Me (2017), was commercially successful, charting within the top 15 in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Born
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell

December 18, 2001 (age 20)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
Singer
songwriter
Years active
2015–present
Parents
Patrick O’Connell (father)
Maggie Baird (mother)
Relatives
Finneas O’Connell (brother)
Brian Baird (uncle)
Musical career
Genres
Pop
electropop
teen pop
indie pop
Instruments
Vocals
 ukulele
 piano[1]
Labels
Darkroom
Interscope
Polydor
Associated acts
Finneas
Website
billieeilish.com

Eilish’s first studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019), debuted atop the US Billboard 200 and reached number one in the UK. It was one of the best-selling albums of 2019, buoyed by the success of its fifth single, “Bad Guy“, Eilish’s first number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2020, she co-wrote and performed the theme song “No Time to Die” for the James Bond film of the same name, which topped the UK singles chart and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Her next singles “Everything I Wanted“, “My Future“, “Therefore I Am“, and “Your Power” each peaked within the top 10 in the US and UK. Her second album, Happier Than Ever (2021), reached number one in 25 countries.

Eilish has received several accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, one Guinness World Record, three MTV Video Music Awards, three Brit Awards, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. She is the youngest artist in Grammy history and second overall to win all four general field categories—Best New ArtistRecord of the YearSong of the Year, and Album of the Year—in the same year. She was featured in Time magazine’s inaugural Time 100 Next list in 2019, and the main Time 100 list in 2021.[3] According to the RIAA and Billboard, Eilish is the 26th-highest-certified digital singles artist[4] and one of the most successful artists of the 2010s.[5]

Advocacy

Eilish was raised as a vegetarian, and is a regular advocate on social media for animal rights and veganism, and among others has criticized the dairy,[228] wool,[229] and mink fur industries.[230] In 2019, she won a PETA “Best Voice for Animals” award for her online activism.[231] PETA named her their “Person of the Year” for 2021.[232]

In March 2020, Eilish encouraged fans online to register to vote for the 2020 US presidential election.[233] In August 2020, she performed at the 2020 Democratic National Convention and announced her endorsement of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.[234]

Discography

Main articles: Billie Eilish discography and List of songs recorded by Billie Eilish

List of awards and nominations received by Billie Eilish

American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish is the recipient of several awards and nominations, including seven Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, three Brit Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe award and a People’s Choice Award, among others.

Wins
64
Nominations
163

In 2019, Eilish received two Guinness World Records, “Most simultaneous US Hot 100 entries by a female” and “Youngest female at No.1 on UK albums chart”.

Musical style, songwriting, and music videos

Eilish performing for MTV in 2019

A sample of Eilish’s debut studio single Ocean Eyes, which combines elements of popdream-popsynth-popindie-pop and R&B.[143][144][145][146][147]


Eilish possesses a soprano vocal range.[148] Avery Stone of Noisey described her vocals as “ethereal”,[149] and Maura Johnston of Rolling Stone characterized them as “whispery”.[150] Doreen St. Félix of The New Yorker opined that she has a “husky, slurring voice that she can thin out to reedy”.[151] 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.[152] Her music incorporates pop,[153] dark pop,[154] electropop,[155] emo pop,[156] experimental pop,[157] goth-pop,[158] indie pop,[159] teen pop,[160] and alt-pop.[161]

Eilish’s brother, Finneas, collaborates on songwriting.[162][163] Her brother writes for Eilish’s albums, produces her music, and also performs in live shows.[164][162] Eilish and Finneas “like to completely make up things and become characters” and “have songs that are really fictional”.[163] Eilish said a number of the songs also derive from her and Finneas’ experiences.[163] 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.”[163] Finneas has stated when he writes songs for his sister, he aims to “write [songs] that I think she’ll relate to and enjoy singing and empathise with the lyrics and make her own”.[165] 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.[165]

Eilish had wanted to direct her own music videos since age 14 but was initially not given the opportunity due to lack of experience.[166] In 2019, she made her directorial debut with the video for her song “Xanny“.[167]

Eilish also took dance classes until 2016, when a growth plate injury put an end to her dancing career and she turned her focus toward recording music.[41][23][20]

Influences

Eilish grew up listening to the BeatlesJustin BieberGreen Day,[168] Arctic MonkeysLinkin Park[169] and Lana Del Rey.[170] She has said that stumbling upon “Runaway” by Aurora on YouTube inspired her to pursue a music career.[171] Hip hop is her favorite genre and biggest inspiration.[172] Eilish has cited Tyler, the CreatorChildish Gambino, and Avril Lavigne as major musical and style influences for her[173][174] and other influences include Earl SweatshirtJames BlakeAmy Winehouse, the Spice GirlsLordeMarina and the DiamondsBritney SpearsTaylor SwiftNicki MinajXXXTentacion, and Twenty One Pilots.[175][176][177][178][179][180][181][182] She has been compared in the media to Lavigne, Lorde and Del Rey,[183][184][185] the last of whom she says she does not want to be compared to, stating, “That woman [Del Rey] has made her brand so perfect for her whole career and she shouldn’t have to hear that.”[186] She has also named Rihanna as an inspiration for her style choices after she called fashion her “defense mechanism” during an acceptance speech.[187] Eilish said that Ariana Grande‘s 2019 album Thank U, Next inspired her to continue making music.[188]

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