Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell (/ˈaɪlɪʃ/; born December 18, 2001) is an American singer-songwriter, model and dancer. Born and raised in Highland Park, Los Angeles, she began singing at a young age. She gained a following in 2016 when she released her single “Ocean Eyes” on audio distribution platform SoundCloud, subsequently released on the record labels Darkroom and Interscope Records.
Her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me (2017), reached the top 15 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, and spawned the single “Bellyache”. Eilish also collaborated with American singer Khalid for the single “Lovely”, which was released in April 2018 and added to the soundtrack for the second season of 13 Reasons Why. Her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019) debuted atop the Billboard 200 and reached number one in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. The album contained five US Billboard Hot 100 top 40 singles: “When the Party’s Over”, “Bury a Friend”, “Wish You Were Gay”, “Xanny”, and “Bad Guy”, the latter of which became her first number-one single in the United States.
Eilish has seven gold and three platinum singles in the United States. Eilish and her musician brother Finneas frequently collaborate on her music.
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 18, 2001, the daughter of Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell, both of whom are in the entertainment industry. She is of Irish and Scottish descent and was raised in Los Angeles’ Highland Park. Eilish was homeschooled and joined the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at age eight. She began singing at a young age and began writing songs at age 11, taking after her elder brother Finneas O’Connell, who was already writing, performing, and producing his own songs with his band.
2018–present: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
In February 2018, Eilish embarked on the Where’s My Mind Tour, which concluded in April 2018. For Record Store Day 2018, Eilish released a 7″ vinyl featuring an acoustic version of her song “Party Favor” and an acoustic cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling”. Eilish collaborated with American singer Khalid for the single “Lovely”, which was released in April 2018 and added to the soundtrack for the second season of 13 Reasons Why. She also released the singles “Bitches Broken Hearts” and “You Should See Me in a Crown”, In July 2018, Eilish performed at the Mo Pop Festival. In October 2018, Eilish released the single “When the Party’s Over”, and signed a modeling contract with Next Models. She was placed on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in November of that year, and released the single “Come Out and Play”, written for a holiday-themed Apple commercial.
In January 2019, Eilish released “Bury a Friend” as the third single from her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, along with “When I Was Older”, a single inspired by the 2018 film Roma, which appeared on the compilation album Music Inspired by the Film Roma. “Bury a Friend” peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her fourth single from the album, “Wish You Were Gay”, was released in March 2019, and debuted and peaked at number 31 in the US and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released on March 29, 2019. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 as well as on the UK Albums Chart, making Eilish the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number one album in the United States, and the youngest female ever to have a number one album in the United Kingdom. Upon the album’s debut, Eilish broke the record for most simultaneously charting Hot 100 songs by a female artist, with 14, after every song from the album, excluding “Goodbye”, charted on the Hot 100. The fifth single from the album, “Bad Guy”, was released in conjuction with the album, and peaked at number one in the US, making her the first artist born in the 2000s and the youngest artist since Lorde (with “Royals”) to have a number-one single. A remix of the song featuring Justin Bieber was released in July 2019. The song reached its peak in August 2019, ending Lil Nas X’s record-breaking 19 weeks at number one with “Old Town Road”.
She began her When We All Fall Asleep Tour at Coachella Festival in April 2019. The tour is scheduled to run until November 2019.