Billie Eilish has released her enormously-anticipated debut album, ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’ In the midweek UK charts, announced this evening, the record is currently number 1 and out-performing its closest competitor (Tom Walker) by 3:1, with latest track ‘Bad Guy’ entering at number 3 in the midweek UK Singles Chart: two additional Eilish tracks (‘Bury A Friend’ and ‘Wish You Were Gay’) have also climbed into the top 20.
Elsewhere, Billie previewed the album in performance on last week’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, whilst today she will appear as a guest and also play live on The Ellen Degeneres show. The record launch is quickly proving to be a worldwide event: Billie has already shattered Apple Music’s record, amassing over 800,000 pre-adds, whilst last weekend’s ‘The Billie Eilish Experience’ opened in Los Angeles, a Billie-curated labyrinth of rooms converging art, technology, and the cerebral storytelling that is truly unique to Eilish.
A groundbreaking moment in modern pop, ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’ is a ghostly, genre-less dissection of life’s firsts for the multi-platinum songstress, as she ruminates on her first brushes with loss and love amidst the monsters under her bed and the triumphs at her feet.
Or, in Billie’s own words, “nobody knows what the fuck dreams are, dude. You can’t give me a good enough answer as to what dreams are. Nobody can. Dreams are a big thing in my life though. They’ve always really occupied me. It’s all in the music.”
One daydream manifested to set the stage for such provocation. Within three years since her 2015 debut, Billie quietly, yet unapologetically infiltrated the forefront of pop. Along the way, she and her chief collaborator, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and big brother Finneas O’Connell crafted what would become ‘WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’ Keeping the creativity in-house, literally, they retreated back to Billie’s childhood home. Once again, the pair worked in Finneas’ bedroom—two feet from Billie’s room—where the songs not only came to life, but also all of the dreams. “There were a lot of opportunities and things I said, ‘No’ to,” she grins. “We had to do this album our way. I realized how lucky I am to have my brother in this. If I didn’t have him, I would have to figure out what the hell I was doing without someone else there with me!”
I want people to listen,” she leaves off. “I want to be heard, and I want people to feel heard. Nothing on this album sounds the same, but it all adds up to a whole. Since I first started doing music, my life has changed a lot. One thing that hasn’t changed in my music is that I still just do me.”
Check out the video for ‘Bad Guy’ – BELOW: