The Newest Music Icon

Staff Writer: Jay Terry 

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This is Billie Eilish’s cover of her EP of the remixes of Ocean Eyes. (Photo Courtesy: ITunes)

We have all heard of her by now. If you have not, where have you been? She is the girl everyone is talking about. Her music is always being played on the radio. Because of this everyone is obsessed with her. People cannot stop playing her music. They also going crazy trying to find tickets for her tour, which already sold out. Her name is Billie Eilish. Billie Eilish or Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’ Connell was born on December 18, 2001. Yes, she is only 17. She was born in Los Angeles, California. Her and her family eventually moved to Highland Park, Los Angeles. She was raised by a family of actors and musicians. Her mother is Maggie Baird and her father is Patrick O’ Connell. When she was younger she was homeschooled. At the age of eight she joined the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. In the next few years she started something that would spark her career. The young Eilish began writing and singing her own songs by the age of 11. She mainly took after her older brother Finneas O’ Connell. At this time Finneas was already writing, performing, and producing his own songs. He did all this with the help of his band. Eilish is now working with her brother to make fantastic music together. Finneas wrote a song that was originally for his band. In October of 2015, Billie recorded that song.

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This Eilish on the cover of her album that will be coming out March 29, 2019. (Photo Courtesy: Consequance of Sound)

The song is called Ocean Eyes. She eventually sent this song to her dance teacher, who helped her choreograph some moves that go along with the song. Billie later released “Ocean Eyes” on Soundcloud in 2016. She then released a music video of that song, which was her debut single, on March 24, 2016. On Novemeber 22, 2016 a video of her dancing to the single was released. In the same year, she also released the single “Six Feet Under”. After that she was signed by Darkroom and Interscope Records. The signing was followed by the world wide rerelease of Ocean Eyes on November 18, 2016 by her new label. It got positive reveiws for the most part. Because of the positive reveiws, she decided to make remixes of her hit single, that eventually went viral. She put the 4 remixes that she made on an EP.

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This is a cover for her 7 inch vinal of the song Party Favor. (Photo Courtesy: Discogs)

On Febraury 24, 2017 she released the single Bellyache. This song was produced and co-written by her brother. The music video was released on March 22, 2017. It was directed by Miles and AJ. On March 30 of 2017 she released the track Bored for the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. On the 30 of July 2017, Billie Eilish rereleased 2 singles. One was called Watch. The other single was called “Copycat. On June 11, 2017 Billie and her team announced the release of her debut EP. It is called Don’t Smile at Me. Every Friday of the month July, she would add another song to her EP.

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This is Billie living her life in the music video of “Ocean Eyes” (Photo Courtesy: Music Connection Magazines)

The singles were “Idontwannabeyouanymore” and “My Boy”. These songs were released within a week of each other. Then Don’t Smile at Me was released on August 11, 2017. After the release of her debut EP, she teamed up with well known rapper named Vince Staples. Together they made a remix of “Watch” called “&Burn”. That same song was eventually added to the rerelease of the EP. In febraury of last year when on her very first tour. It was called Where’s My Mind Tour. The tour sadly ended in April of the same year. Eilish collaborated with the infamous Khalid for their single “Lovely”, which got stuck in everyone’s head. The single was released in April 2018 and it was eventual to the soundtrack of 13 Reasons Why for its second season. On October 17, 2018 she released 3 singles. They were called “B***** Broken Hearts”, “You Should See Me In A Crown”, and “When the Party’s Over”. Then on January 30, 2019, Eilish realeased the fourth single from her upcoming album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, called “Bury a Friend”. After that she released “Wish You Were Gay”. Her album will be released March 29, 2019. So, go get it. I promise you wont regret it. 

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This Khalid and Eilish on the cover for Lovely. (Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

When asked about Billie Eilish, this is what some of your fellow students had to say about her: 

“I mean, I have never listened to her before, because I am not into music like that, but I have heard people talk about her. To be completely honest she sounds and looks kinda insane.” 

Kehmani Smith (10) 

“I personally don’t listen to her music but she sounds cool, from what I have heard from other people and the internet.” 

-Mayson Foster (10) 

“Oh My Gosh. I love her. I am so happy that someone is finally writing something about her. I listen to her music all the time. She is a music icon.” 

-Miles Bristol (11) 

“I can personally relate to her songs. Her songs are comforting. It makes me feel better to know that someone else is going through the same things as me.” 

Zuri Benitez (11) 

 

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