EVERYBODY KNOWS HER NAME
Billie Eilish is Taking the World By Storm
April 19, 2019
Billie Eilish has become an idol and household name, taking the world by storm, while becoming the leading artist born in the 2000s. This chart topping seventeen-year-old has been breaking records, following the release of her album When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go. Her album, which was released on March twenty-ninth, has already claimed a number one spot on the Billboard 200. This ranking makes her the youngest female since Demi Lovato in 2009, to claim this spot. The album also had the second largest sales week for an LP, and the first largest sales week for a female. Her sales are not the only thing impressive, she has reached over 200 million digital streams for the album in one week. This is the third largest streaming week for an album—ever.
The album is not only hitting it big on the charts, but it is big as well with CHS students. “I love the new album so much!” Freshman Spencer Creed explained, “It is so sad but at the same time so relatable. […] I like her because she is original. I heard about her on Spotify when I was looking at the playlist of new artists, and she was number one.”
Billie was number one from the very beginning. Eilish’s claim to fame was her debut single “Ocean Eyes” in 2016, written by her brother Finneas O’Connell, and released onto Sound Cloud. The single was almost an overnight sensation, and she was quickly signed by Darkroom/Interscope Records. Eilish took dance classes throughout her childhood, and kept choreography in mind when helping Finneas produce the song. “We originally recorded Ocean Eyes for a dance recital to be choreographed by my teacher Fred. We produced it with a tempo and arrangement that would fit lyrical/contemporary dance thinking through every moment. […] I think of most songs that way – if you can’t dance to a song, it’s not a song,” Eilish explained. The song later received its own choreographed music video.
Since the songs initial release date, Eilish has dropped two albums (her first being Don’t Smile at Me), and has already began her second tour “When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go”. Although her style is changing from its original sweet romantic tempo of “Ocean Eyes”, Eilish continues to grow in fame and push the boundaries of music genres.