TODAY, Billie will be performing from home on the One World: #TogetherAtHome broadcast, where she and Finneas will be performing a song they’ve never performed before
Billie Eilish has collaborated with artists ranging from Vince Staples and Khalid to Justin Bieber, but two of the most tantalizing collaborations she’s done — rising Spanish singer Rosalia and Canadian-Colombian artist Jessie Reyez — have yet to see the light of day.
While the Reyez collaboration Eilish detailed to Variety last fall did not appear on Reyez’s excellent new album, “Before Love Came to Kill Us,” Rosalia provided an update on her collaboration with Billie and her brother-cowriter/producer Finneas — which was first revealed in a Rolling Stone interview back in June — on Beats 1 in an interview airing today.
Rosalia, who is currently sheltering in place in Miami, spoke of the ways she’s been filling her quarantine time.
“I feel like there’s so many things going on it’s hard to focus, but at the same time I feel blessed that I’m at home, that I’m safe, and that I can make music and I have all this time,” she says. “I have this little studio here in one room. I have the basics like a midi keyboard, a computer, a mic, and I try to do all the vocal production for the next record.
“During these two last weeks I have been trying to finish the Billie Eilish collab,” she continues. “I think it’s getting quite closer. I think that the arrangements, I think that yesterday I finished the arrangements. I feel like the production, the sound design, is almost done, so I just need that Billie maybe sends the vocals and they send me the ideas that they want to add because we are there.”
Rosalia, who has released a series of singles following her breakthrough 2018 album “El Mal Querer,” also said she nearly released a collaboration with Travis Scott last month. Rosalia guested on Scott’s “Highest in the Room” last year, but this is a different, “super aggressive” track.
“I was supposed to release a song with him last month that is for the clubs — super aggressive — that I’ve been working on for a really long time. [But] it has, I don’t know, an energy, that is so specific for a certain moment, that I didn’t feel like it was right to release, and I didn’t feel like it was connected with what was going on in the world in that moment.
“I was really worried about, ‘Okay, what’s my next [move]? I’m in Miami, but my family’s in Spain. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the world. What’s going on?’ [So] I decided to stop everything. I had a lot of fun with him in studio, and I love his energy and I love working with him, [but] I said, ‘No. I need to release something different.’ So I decided to work on a song that I was working on months ago that I started with Frank Dukes, and I finished ‘Dolerme,’” which was released late last month.
These are the 10 biggest songs of 2020 in the U.K. after three months of activity.
1. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”
2. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”
3. Lewis Capaldi – “Before You Go”
4. Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
5. Stormzy – “Own It (ft. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy)”
6. Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”
7. Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”
8. Saint Jhn – “Roses”
9. Arizona Zervas – “Roxanne”
10. Billie Eilish – “Everything You Wanted”
When asked about her decision to wear loose-fitting clothes from the beginning of her career, the 18-year-old explained, “The only reason I did it was ‘cos I hated my body.”
Often referred to as a “rule-breaker” for diverging from the aesthetics of young female musicians before her, Eilish denied making a contrived effort to dress differently; rather, the singer said she simply didn’t identify with her predecessors’ images.
“I’d be like, ‘What rules are there?‘” she said, continuing, “I didn’t consciously go, ‘I’m not gonna do that, I’m gonna do this.’ I (just) didn’t think of myself as being in the realm of those people. I was never comparing myself to them.”
An EP, an LP, a few singles, and five Grammy Awards later, Eilish’s fashion choices have remained consistent from the start — always baggy but varying from neon green streetwear to a custom Chanel tweed suit on the red carpet.
She’s become so used to the style that she admitted to barely recognizing herself without it.
“There was a point last year where I was naked and I didn’t recognize my body ‘cos I hadn’t seen it in a while,” she said, continuing, “I would see it sometimes and be like, ‘Whose body is that?'”
The singer said that her body image has since improved, although she still faces insecurities.
“It’s not that I like (my body) now, I just think I’m a bit more OK with it,” she shared.
Just because Eilish has become slightly more comfortable in her own skin, the artist admitted that she still faces judgment for her appearance, despite her efforts to stand up against those trying to sexually objectify her.
When she was photographed in a white tank top in June 2019, Eilish recalled seeing comments like, “‘I don’t like her any more because as soon as she turns 18 she’s a w—-.'”
“Like, dude. I can’t win. I can-not win,” she told Dazed.
However, Eilish hasn’t stayed silent on the matter. In March, the singer called out body-shamers during an interlude at her Miami concert and played a video of herself stripping down to a bra.
“Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me,” she said in the voiceover.
“If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a s—,” Eilish said, adding, “Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it, and judge me for it. Why?”
Billie Eilish has reflected on her best career decisions so far and spoken about her desire to “live in the moment”, saying that she’s currently in “the prime time of my life”.
The ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ singer was speaking to Telekom Electronic Beats for a new podcast, which was recorded recently at her LA home via video chat during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.
During the interview, Eilish said that sticking to her “own ideas and treatments” for her videos and artwork, as well as keeping her music-making in-house with her brother Finneas, were among her best career decisions to date.
“I think maybe sticking to my own ideas and treatments for like videos, all my own ideas for like artwork,” she said. “I think another one is like making music with my brother, and not a bunch of randos. There’s nothing wrong with that: it’s just, for me, I don’t think it would have ended out good.”
Eilish also cited a piece of advice she once received about how saying “no” is “like the most powerful thing you can say, like no means like a million times more than yes”.
“I think my brother and I really have used that over the years and realised that it’s like, you don’t have to say yes to everything. Even if it’s going to give you way more money, it’s like you’ve got to do what you think is going to help you, or you think is right for you.”
Eilish later said in the interview that she doesn’t “want to get my hopes up” by looking too far into the future, preferring to “just live in the moment and not worry about what the future holds”.
“But not so much that I like ruin my life because of it,” she added. “I’m obviously always thinking about my actions and how they’re affecting the world and people, so I’m never going just be like, ‘Oh fuck it, I don’t care about my future.’ I really care about my future, I just don’t want to get stuck in thinking about it all the time, you know.
“I do think about it way too much [so], I think I’m better off just staying in the moment and being in what I’m in. Because I’m in, like, the prime time of my life right now, you know, I don’t want to be missing out.”
Later this month, Eilish will take part in a live-streamed concert that’s been organised by Lady Gaga in a bid to raise money for the UN Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
This mini-film, captured on set by Juan Palacio in the warm, granular style of a home movie shows Eilish meet a family of goats, jump on a trampoline in an over-over-sized puffer jacket and wade into a suburban bedroom with a motorcycle gang.
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Maggie Baird has long advocated a vegan lifestyle and environmental awareness — values she has famously imparted to her outspoken and influential children, Grammy-winning bedroom-pop superstars Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell. So, as businesses in her hometown of L.A. are forced to close their doors to the public due to the COVID-19 crisis, she has created a new initiative, Support + Feed, to help keep the local restaurant economy afloat — while also providing nutritious, plant-based meals to those in need, including healthcare workers, first responders, and residents at senior centers, homeless shelters, and women’s centers across Los Angeles.
Among the many restaurants participating in Support + Feed is Donut Friend, in Baird’s neighborhood of Highland Park, the kitschy rock ‘n’ roll donut shop founded by Rocket From the Crypt/Drive Like Jehu indie-rocker Mark Trombino. “You can ask for the ‘Billie Ache,’ which is a donut they make on the secret menu. It’s a gluten-free donut, with lemon curd and chocolate mousse and raspberry on top,” she chuckles. So, has Baird sampled this off-menu vegan pastry named after her daughter? “Oh yeah. It’s really good.”
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3. @Drake 20m
4. @JBALVIN 18.97m
5. @DUALIPA 18.49m
6. @billieeilishf 15.56m
7. @PostMalone 13.92m
8. @justinbieber 13.35m
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Curated by Lady Gaga and hosted by US talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, the event will take place on April 18 and will be broadcast live across US television networks ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as being streamed online.
An adapted version of the concert will be broadcast on BBC One the following day (April 19), featuring exclusive performances from UK artists and interviews with workers on the frontline.
Additional performances from the global broadcast will be shown on BBC iPlayer from Sunday, April 19.
Put on in support of the the COVID-19 Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation, and to celebrate health workers around the world, the musical lineup includes Gaga, Eilish and her brother Finneas, McCartney, Martin, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Alanis Morissette, Burna Boy, Andrea Bocelli, Lizzo, J Balvin, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban Elton John, John Legend and Lang Lang.
Other names set to appear include David Beckham, Priyanka Chopra Jones, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Kerry Washington, Shah Rukh Khan and Sesame Street cast members.
Organised by Open Pit and Anamanaguchi, the ‘Nether Meant’ festival will be held in Minecraft on Saturday (April 11) from 6PM EST (11PM UK time).