Her eruption was mighty and dark—volcanic—and only now has the ash settled enough for us to glean a clear picture: Billie Eilish, heading the changing face of pop music, is a generational artist. What does this mean? Billie Eilish is slated to become one of the most important voices of our time.
History shows, artists who are unapologetically themselves tend to succeed—either now, or later. In the business of music, its critics are known for embracing young and unique talent. Billie Eilish, now in her seventeenth year, has already shown the world that not only does it have a place for her, but this spot can’t be filled by anyone else. At 17, Billie Eilish has been recognized as vital. A thrumming heart much like the beats pulsing through her dark, anthropomorphic, and talent-saturated debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Billie Eilish was 14 when she achieved wide internet fame with her single “Ocean Eyes“. At 14, she’d already begun an honest voyage to answer life’s big questions. Or rather, the questions of Billie Eilish’s life, one of being born three months after 9/11 in Highland Park, Los Angeles, of homeschooling, of writing songs with her brother. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is an extension of that fearless prying, of digging her own claws into her own skin. But in all of the darkness, Eilish’s tender gaze reminds us she was once like us—innocently no one.
Why does Eilish creepily confront matters of loss, insanity, addiction, and death? The answer lies in the large masses of people, all over the world, eagerly battling for a ticket to the show: Because it’s real.
Both of her contemporaries and oft-comparisons, Lorde and Lana Del Rey, became pop-culture fixtures within a year of their debuts. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? immediately soared to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making Eilish the first artist born in the 21st century to hit the chart’s peak. And it wasn’t just a hyped moment; the album returned to No. 1 a month later.
Have the stars aligned for Billie Eilish, this goth, pop-art-embracing, droopy-eyed and baggy-clothed entity? Will Billie Eilish’s music endure? Young listeners—the largest segment of pop music consumers—are telling us loud and clear that Billie Eilish is what they want. Billie Eilish, with her hip-hop dalliance and reedy voice and penchant for high experimentation. Billie Eilish, who forgot her own song lyrics, who breaches the subjects of abortion and mental health. Billie Eilish is who they need today.
Parents: Remember your first, best night of your life? Was it a concert? Do you remember what it was like to witness the buzzing energy of a young artist—such as Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Nicks, or Jack White—in their early moments of success? For Generation Z, Billie Eilish is that artist, that concert.
Billie Eilish tickets are some of the most expensive you can buy in 2019 so far, but what you’re getting is invaluable. It can’t be matched by any amount of money. It’s the price of witnessing a generational artist the year after it becomes clear: Billie Eilish is unlike anyone else making music right now. In cities all over the world, Eilish is giving 90-minute sets of her bold, dreamy, and contagious tracks while sporting a style all her own. In the mean time, she’s building art installations to portray to fans her intense synesthesia behind the making of her music.
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last night was the opening night of “THE BILLIE EILISH EXPERIENCE” a museum/exhibit curated and designed by me. OPEN ALL WEEKEND IF YOU RSVP’D a room dedicated to each song off my album. 6 or so months ago i came to my team with the idea to basically create a museum for “when we all fall asleep, where do we go?” i wanted to create a space in which i could really show you the way i see things. as well as let you hear the album with a good sound system and in an atmosphere that was exactly what it needed to be without anyone having to pay. i have incredibly intense synesthesia that plays a roll in every aspect of my life and is the reason i create what i create. every room in the space is made for you to experience it the way i do. each room has its own color, temperature, smell, texture, shape, and number… just as everything in my head does. i really still cant believe we made this actually happen.. its thanks to so so so so so many amazing amazing people and @spotify. sometimes i can’t breathe if i think too much about the things that are happening around me. im in love with my life a little, and half the time im terrified ill wake up and it will all be gone. i love you all. thank you for believing in me. mainly, this is just a post thanking everyone for coming and for allowing me to literally let my dreams come to life. i’ll post what each room looks like very soon so if you cant make it to the space you’ll still see it… thank you
The “When We All Fall Asleep” Tour takes Billie Eilish through North America from March 9th through April 11th. For this leg of the “When We All Fall Asleep” Tour, she is performing mainly in large-scale venues. In New York City, she is performing at both Barclays and Madison Square Garden.
Whether she is performing in intimate venues or arenas, a Billie Eilish concert is something you don’t want to pass up. With her fascinating, strange, and sensitive approach to pop music, Billie Eilish is making a difference. Don’t miss out on this generational artist’s moment, one which comes at a high, but invaluable price.