Earlier this year, Billie Eilish brought joy to her fans by releasing new songs announcing her upcoming album. The singer-songwriter's second album Happier Than Ever—scheduled for release on the 30 July—is set to portray the musician's musical and visual transition.
Billie Eilish channels her inner truth
Since her debut single 'Ocean Eyes,' released in 2016 on SoundCloud, Eilish has seen an exponential growth in popularity. In 2019, she reached peak recognition when she was nominated for six Grammy awards and crowned Woman of the Year by Billboard. In 2020, she won four of the main Grammy Awards and announced she would be signing the main track for the next James Bond movie.
At just 19 years old, Billie Eilish has paved her way into the music industry. Happier Than Ever may just be her way of entering adulthood and introducing her new self. Her lyrics today are less so about lingering and more so about the power of moving on. In 'Your Power,' she powerfully calls out toxic behaviours she experienced in a previous relationship.For maybe the first time, Eilish presents herself as a confident woman that will not settle for less than expected. In the video clip of 'Lost Cause,' she is surrounded by a group of women, thus accepting a less solitary path to healing.
The latest streaming chart numbers, however, show that these latest releases haven’t been Eilish’s most successful. Nevertheless, the young songstress has reached a point in her life where she is comfortable sharing her authentic self, simply. Her fan base may be impacted in number, but possibly reinforced by the faithfulness of those who remain after these changeovers. After all, she hasn’t failed us, she is merely exploring her growth truthfully.
Controlling the visual narrative of her adulthood
If Billie Eilish’s texts explore a newly found confidence and self-love, her new image is causing quite a media uproar. Indeed, Eilish seems to be entering adulthood by channeling a retro femme fatale.
Despite being a superstar, Eilish has revealed in several interviews that being famous has downsides. Specifically in terms of body positivity and loving one’s own image. In may 2020, she published a short film called NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY where we find her slowly unveiling parts of her body in the dark.
A few weeks ago, she was featured on the cover of VOGUE, in a luminous shoot. For the first time, we were presented with a very different Billie Eilish, one that had left behind her colourful fluorescent e-girl highlights for a platinum blond do. She wore retro corsets to show off her beautiful curves instead of hiding them with large apparel.