Maggie Baird, mother of Billie and Finneas, talks homeschool advice, fears and hopes for Generation Z, and COVID-19 initiative Support + Feed
 April 7th, 2020

Maggie Baird, mother of Billie and Finneas, talks homeschool advice, fears and hopes for Generation Z, and COVID-19 initiative Support + Feed

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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Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and more to play coronavirus benefit concert curated by Lady Gaga
 April 7th, 2020

Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and more to play coronavirus benefit concert curated by Lady Gaga

coronavirus benefit concert called One World: Together at Home has been announcedfeaturing performances from Billie EilishPaul McCartney and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin.

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.

Meanwhile, American Football are set to headline a virtual music festival within the video game Minecraft in support of a coronavirus relief fund.

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).

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Billie Eilish admits she ‘likes being alone’ in quarantine but it’s a ‘full-time job’ fostering two Pit Bull puppies
 April 7th, 2020

Billie Eilish admits she ‘likes being alone’ in quarantine but it’s a ‘full-time job’ fostering two Pit Bull puppies

Billie Eilish has been happily spending a lot of time alone in the Highland Park home she shares with her parents Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

‘I’ve been really enjoying being alone. I feel like everybody on the Internet has been on FaceTime all day long with their friends,’ the 18-year-old pop sta told Telekom Electronic Beats podcast – according to the UK’s Mirror.

‘I love my friends, I can’t wait to see them, I do miss them a lot, but at the same time, I’m good. I’m good being alone – I like being alone.’

As of Monday, there have been 5,955 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles with 132 deaths, and California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order on March 19 to slow the spread.

Billie – who described herself as ‘introverted and lonerish’ – thinks the feelings of gratitude humanity will feel after lockdown won’t last after ‘three days.’

That’s the way people work. It’s the way humans are made,’ the No Time to Die hitmaker said. ‘You miss something so bad once you don’t have it. You never think about it when you have it.’

Eilish just fostered two Pit Bull puppies called Miss Mardy and Jim, which were likely from the same nonprofit Angel City Pit Bulls used by her brother Finneas O’Connell and his live-in love Claudia Sulewski to find Miss Peach Pit.

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14 records Billie Eilish has already broken
 April 7th, 2020

14 records Billie Eilish has already broken

At just 18 years old, Billie Eilish has proven herself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

The singer-songwriter rose to fame in 2016 after her debut single, “Ocean Eyes,” went viral on SoundCloud. Since then, she has dominated charts and taken home multiple Grammy Awards.

Keep reading to see 14 instances of Eilish making history and breaking records.

1).- Eilish is the youngest artist ever to be nominated for all four major Grammy Awards in one year.

 

Back in November, when the 2020 Grammy Award nominations were announced, fans were thrilled to see Eilish with six nominations – including best new artist, record of the year, song of the year, and album of the year.

At just 17 years old, this made Eilish the youngest artist ever to be nominated for all four major Grammys in the same year.

 

2).- She then became the second person and only woman in history to sweep all four major categories.

The teenager was visibly sheepish when she was showered with accolades at the 2020 ceremony, winning best new artist, song of the year for “Bad Guy,” record of the year for “Bad Guy,” and album of the year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

It was just the second time that an artist had pulled off such a feat. The last and only time an artist won all four of these awards was Christopher Cross in 1981. The 29-year-old Texan rocker won big for his self-titled LP – which controversially beat Pink Floyd’s iconic “The Wall” – and for its standout song “Sailing.”

 

3).- Eilish is the youngest person ever to win album of the year at the Grammys, a title previously held by Taylor Swift.

Eilish had recently turned 18 when “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” won best pop vocal album and album of the year at the Grammys.

She broke the record as the youngest solo artist in history to win the ceremony’s most prestigious award. Taylor Swift had previously won for “Fearless” in 2010 when she was 20 years old.

 

4).- She’s only the fourth female artist ever to win album of the year with a debut album.

Before Eilish, only three female artists had won album of the year with debut albums.

Barbra Streisand was the first; she won for “The Barbra Streisand Album” in 1964 at the sixth annual Grammy Awards. Next, Lauryn Hill won for her first and only solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” in 1999; Hill was also the first woman to win five Grammys in one night. Lastly, Norah Jones’ diamond-certified “Come Away with Me” took home the prize in 2003.

Streisand even congratulated Eilish on Twitter, writing, “Welcome to the club.”

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 April 7th, 2020

Justin and Hailey Bieber Wore Coordinating Billie Eilish Merch

There are only a few things as beautiful as seeing our favorite celebrities obsessing over each other. And that couldn’t be more true every single time we see the love between Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish.

Yesterday, Justin took to Instagram to share a photo alongside his wife, Hailey Bieber, wearing coordinating Billie merch with the caption, “Our fav @billieeilish.” Fans instantly flooded the comments with love, per usual. “Billie jumping up and down rn,” commented one fan while another said, “legends supporting legends. YESS.”

Billie also commented “omg,” seemingly as shook by the photo as we were. Of course, this isn’t the first time that Justin has shared his love for the “Bad Guy” singer. Fans will obviously recall that the two collaborated on a remix of Billie’s hit single, and have stayed close friends since. Last year, Billie shared a photo of herself as a young girl in her bedroom with a wall full of Justin posters. (Once a Belieber, always a Belieber!) The cute throwback photo was a great indicator of how far their friendship has come, from fan to bestie. And just a few months ago, Justin got teary-eyed from just talking about Billie‘s growth as a musician. We stan the love between these two music icons — and are hoping for more collabs in the future!

If, like Justin and Hailey, you’re dying for some Billie merch to rock while practicing social distancing — because why not look cool while stuck inside, right? — here are some of our favorite hoodies from Billie’s store:

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Source: TeenVogue.

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‘Stay strong’: Billie Eilish records uplifting video for young B.C. girl battling leukemia
 April 7th, 2020

‘Stay strong’: Billie Eilish records uplifting video for young B.C. girl battling leukemia

VANCOUVER — A young B.C. girl who is battling leukemia for a second time now amid the COVID-19 crisis has been given an uplifting personal message from her hero, Billie Eilish.

The singer of “Bad Guy” and “When the Party’s Over” recently recorded a special video for 13-year-old Kamryn Exley, who cried with joy while watching it from her hospital bed last week.

Hey Kam, it’s Billie. I wanted to make this video and reach out to you and let you know I’m here for you, I love you so much, stay strong,” Eilish says in the clip, which was shared on social media by her family.

I know everything’s really hard right now. It’s crazy what’s going on for you. I’m so sorry, I love you so much. Take care.”

My heart is BURSTING❤️ Kamryns been struggling through 2 different serious blood infections, it’s been a extra rough week on her and today she woke up to a personal message from her idol BILLIE EILISH! The world is in crisis and we are all living in such uncertainty and fear. The fact someone on such a platform would take the time to send a message to brighten our girls day fills our hearts, this is one of my favorite moments ever❤️ Thank you to everyone who shared and tagged Billie, thank you to Olivia Ireland and Nicole Greenwood Kraft for sharing Kams story with the world❤️She is one happy and excited girl today! Nothing could have brightened her day(or life) ever, I think she’s watched this video 100 times already🥰I am filled with gratitude today❤️

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The Vancouver family also recorded Kamryn’s reaction to receiving the extraordinary gift while sitting next to her stuffed animals. It begins with her mom asking, “If you could have a message from anybody in the whole world, who would it be from?

No, you guys didn’t!” Kamryn replies as her eyes light up.

The young fan then watches Eilish’s message twice in a row, exclaiming “oh my gosh” repeatedly while thanking the pop star for her kind words.

According to the family, Kamryn was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of nine, and spent years fighting it into remission only to relapse a few months ago.

Her sister launched an Instagram campaign in early March urging Eilish to help lift Kamryn’s spirits after the young fan learned her treatments were going to prevent her from attending the singer’s April 11 concert in Vancouver. The show has since been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A personal message from Eilish would mean “the absolute world to her and would brighten her spirits like nobody else could,” Kamryn’s sister wrote.

Soooo amazing❤️ Kamryn Nevaeh Duane Exley Olivia Ireland Nicole Greenwood Kraft

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Billie Eilish says she has a dark, horror-inspired aesthetic because she loves ‘being looked at’
 April 7th, 2020

Billie Eilish says she has a dark, horror-inspired aesthetic because she loves ‘being looked at’

You may have seen Billie Eilish cry inky black tears, or fall to the earth with tar-heavy wings. You may have seen her with syringes sticking out of her back, or a spider crawling out of her mouth.

The 18-year-old singer-songwriter has become known for these macabre aesthetics, especially in her music videos — and if they haunt or repulse you, that’s no accident.

I love bugging people out,” Eilish recently told the New York Times Magazine. “Freaking people out. I like being looked at. I like being in people’s heads. I feed off it.”

Eilish also said that dark visuals — as well as her songwriting, which deals with themes like death and dread — help her navigate her depression, which is one reason why fans connect so deeply with her music.

I want to be the voice of people,” she told the magazine.

Eilish has been open about living with depression, and has written songs that confront her own suicidal ideation.

She also has the neurological condition synesthesia, which causes one sensory experience to trigger another, so she approaches music more visually than the average person.

“I think visually first with everything I do, and also I have synesthesia, so everything that I make I’m already thinking of what color it is, and what texture it is, and what day of the week it is, and what number it is, and what shape,” she said in a video for YouTube Music.

For example, Eilish sees her song “Bury a Friend” as gray, black, and brown; “Xanny” is “smooth and silky, maybe velvet, like if you could feel smoke.” She told Rolling Stone that “Bad Guy” is “yellow, but also red, and the number seven. It’s not hot, but warm, like an oven. And it smells like cookies.”

Eilish has repeatedly cited Tyler, the Creator and Childish Gambino as visual inspirations throughout her career. She has also praised the gruesome aesthetics of “American Horror Story” — although she’s not all doom and gloom. She told CBS, “Nobody that knows me thinks I’m a dark person.”

Source: Insider.

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Billie Eilish: 5 Big Moves On This Week’s Billboard 200
 April 7th, 2020

Billie Eilish: 5 Big Moves On This Week’s Billboard 200

Four very successful titles hit noteworthy milestones on the newly-refreshed Billboard 200 while another debuts…a week before it was supposed to.

Here are five albums that made big moves on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

No. 14 – Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Since she stopped pushing singles from her debut full-length When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, BIllie Eilish has shared a one-off hit (“Everything I Wanted”) and the theme song that she and her brother Finneas composed for the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, but these new releases haven’t distracted her fans from listening to the project that made her a global powerhouse.

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? celebrates its first full year on the Billboard 200 and it’s still charting at No. 14, so it’s safe to assume the title won’t vanish anytime soon.

Source: Forbes.

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