Not many people can claim to be as busy as Billie Eilish, especially not at her age. At just 17, she already has seven certified gold singles as well as two platinum, and she released her debut studio-length album just last month. All of this, as well as her fascinatingly unique music videos and iconic looks, have set her up to become the next reigning queen of pop – and she’s already pushing the charts to embrace her twisted take on the genre.
With that said, it’s not just the meaning of her spooky music videos that have remained a mystery, as she herself has been pretty cagey in interviews in the past. However, the release of her album as led to a flurry of both new info and interest, which is why we’re counting down the top 10 things you might not know about Billie Eilish.
1. She started young
They say practise makes perfect, and Billie has definitely put the hours in as far as singing is concerned. Not content with singing every day at home (as well as spending 11 hours a week at the dance studio!) she took things to the next level when she was just 8 years old – as that was when she joined the Los Angeles Children’s Choir.
How did she find the time for everything? Well, she was homeschooled, and her parents made sure the curriculum she was taught was pretty arts-heavy.
2. Her first song was about a pretty unusual subject matter
Though her brother wrote many of the songs on her latest album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go”, Billie has been writing her own music and lyrics for a very long time. In fact, she sat down and wrote her first full song at age 11, and the topic she picked is not what you might expect.
The song is called “Fingers Crossed”, and is about dealing with what’s left of the world following a zombie apocalypse. Even better, she was inspired to write the track after becoming obsessed with the AMC show “The Walking Dead”.
3. Her whole family is musical
Billie might have been the first in her family to make headlines with her music, but she’s far from the only one in the household who can carry a tune. When she was growing up, both her mum and brother were constantly writing songs and singing around her, and her dad spent many evenings playing the piano and ukulele.
Bonus fact: her parents are obviously multi-talented people, since both of them – Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell – are famous actors and screenwriters in their own right.