The singer-songwriter rose to fame in 2016, at the age of 15, when her debut single “Ocean Eyes” made the world stand up and take notice. From nabbing six nods at the 2020 Grammys to becoming the youngest artist to record a Bond theme, here are a few things to know about the Los Angeles-born musician.
Daughter of actors Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell, her full name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell.
The song “Ocean Eyes” was originally written by her brother Finneas for his band. When Eilish’s dance teacher asked her to come up with a song she could choreograph a dance to, Eilish decided to record the song along with her brother.
With her debut album, “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” she became the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number one album in the U.S.
The singer has Tourette syndrome, about which she opened up on Instagram. She wrote, “I would love to get this straight so everyone can stop acting goofy. I have diagnosed Tourettes…”
At the age of eight, Eilish was a part of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and began writing music at the age of 11. “It’s [the choir] helped me learn the proper way to sing and not ruin my voice completely. But I’ve just always sung, all the time. I sang so much that my family had to shush me,” she told Vogue.
Eilish comes from a musical family – while her brother (pictured) and mother sing and write songs, her father plays the piano and the ukulele.
She is a die-hard Justin Bieber fan and has been since she was about 12. In a 2018 radio interview, she said, “That was the person I was in love with, in my head he was in love with me, it was like a relationship with a person.”
The musician has found fans in some big names such as Shawn Mendes, Julia Roberts and Dave Grohl. Speaking at the ASCAP Awards about Eilish and her brother (pictured) in May 2019, Roberts said: “It is thrilling to be here tonight to help celebrate these two people who are so uniquely gifted, such inventive wordsmiths, such wondrous musicians.”
Her favorite show is “The Office,” and she has used samples from one of the episodes of the show titles, “Level Midnight,” in her song “My Strange Addiction.”
The singer acted in plays while growing up. However, a bad audition made her realize that she did not want to pursue it.
Billie and her brother have been homeschooled.
She wants to work with Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator (pictured). “I like Tyler the Creator a lot. He does anything he wants, really, and doesn’t care if it works out or not, which I totally, completely admire. I also really like Earl Sweatshirt and Drake and Big Sean. Childish Gambino is also an incredible lyricist. I don’t know how he does it. I love A$AP Rocky, Lana Del Rey, and Aurora,” she told Teen Vogue.
Eilish is quite vocal about mental health. In a video for the “Seize the Awkward” campaign, she spoke about her own struggles with depression and anxiety. “It doesn’t make you weak to ask for help. It doesn’t. It doesn’t make you weak to ask for a friend to go to a therapist. It shouldn’t make you feel weak to ask anyone for help,” she said, adding, “The main thing I’m trying to say is that you should keep your ears open, and you should listen. I’m just dealing with it how I’m dealing with it. I’m trying my best.”
In 2019, Eilish was honored with Billboard’s Woman of the Year award.
At 18, she is the youngest artist to write and record a James Bond theme song. Teaming up with brother Finneas, her new song would be featured in the upcoming movie, “No Time to Die” (2020). Eilish said in a statement, “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”
Billie Eilish flew in to London in secret to record the Bond theme tune.
The ‘bad guy’ hitmaker has been announced as the youngest person ever to write and record the theme song for the iconic movie, with Billie and her older brother Finneas O’Connell’s track being used on the upcoming instalment ‘No Time To Die’.
And it has now been revealed Billie came over to the UK just before Christmas to write and record the song in secret, The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column reports.
Meanwhile, Billie recently confessed she is “still in shock” that she was chosen to write the new James Bond film theme song, ahead of the film’s release on April 3, 2020.
She said: “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock. Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Live And Let Die’. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”
Whilst producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli added: “We are excited to announce that Billie and Finneas have written an incredibly powerful and moving song for ‘No Time To Die’, which has been impeccably crafted to work within the emotional story of the film.”
The news was announced on the official James Bond Twitter account.
A statement posted on Twitter read: “The #NoTimeToDie title song will be performed by @billieeilish. Billie has written the song with her brother @finneas and is the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme song. (sic)”
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Bond’s 25th silver screen outing, “No Time To Die” dropped its first trailer on Dec. 4, 2019. From a brand new villain to its action-packed plot, here is all that we know so far about the upcoming action thriller.
According to a short description released by Studio MGM, “Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.” This would mark Craig’s fifth and reportedly final Bond release.
(Pictured) Craig in a promotional still from “Spectre” (2015).
Oscar winner Rami Malek, of “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018) and “Mr. Robot” (2015-) fame, plays the masked villain Safin. Malek confirmed the news in April 2019 at the launch of the film via video link. “I promise you all I will be making sure Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride of it in this, his 25th outing,” he said.
(Pictured) Malek in a promotional still from “Mr. Robot.”
A new ’00’ agent
Lashana Lynch, of “Captain Marvel” (2019) fame, plays Nomi, a new “00” agent who enters active service following Bond’s retirement. In the trailer, she appears to be on the same mission as Bond. However, she clearly means business when she says she would put a bullet in the aging spy’s knee if he gets in her way. She even goes on to specify it is the knee “that works” that she will target.
A new Bond Girl
Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas, who has starred in movies such as “Blade Runner 2049” (2017) and “Knives Out” (2019), plays Paloma, a CIA agent assisting Bond.
Seydoux holds a secret
Léa Seydoux returns as Madeleine Swann, Bond’s romantic interest from “Spectre” (pictured). In the trailer, she is shown to be holding on to a terrible secret that would be the “death” of him when it is revealed. She is also shown crying over a mask that later appears on Malek’s face. Is she connected to Safin? Audience will have to wait for the release to find out.
Christoph Waltz, who played iconic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in “Spectre” (pictured), also makes a return to the franchise. In the trailer, he appears to be under custody and speaks with Bond from behind the glass walls of a tiny cell.
The team’s back
Bond’s trusted team, Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), M (Ralph Fiennes, C) and Q (Ben Whishaw), are back in their respective positions at the MI6.
Wright’s third outing as Leiter
Following “Casino Royale” (2006) and “Quantum of Solace” (2008), Jeffrey Wright is back as Bond’s old CIA ally Felix Leiter. He is the one who comes to Bond for help, forcing the secret agent out of retirement. He also ominously advises Bond to not trust anyone else in his new mission.
American pop star Billie Eilish is performing the title track. She has written the song alongside her brother Finneas O’Connell. At 18 years old, she is the youngest artist in history to pen and record a James Bond theme.
DB5’s got upgrades
Any Bond movie would be incomplete without extreme automotive action sequences. In the 25th chapter of the spy series, Bond’s trusted old Aston Martin DB5 has received a serious upgrade. The trailer shows a pair of massive Gatling guns popping out of the headlights of the DB5 to take out an army of goons. A brand new Aston Martin is also teased in the trailer, as Lynch is seen rolling up in a shiny black DB11.
Emmy-winning director Cary Joji Fukunaga is at the helm of the thriller. Fukunaga has earlier worked on the TV series “True Detective” (2014) and “Maniac” (2018) as well as the critically acclaimed movie “Beasts of No Nation” (2015). Speaking at an event, Fukunaga said, “Daniel is my favorite Bond and I want to make sure this run of films, which have been fantastic, have a really great next chapter and keep upping the ante so whoever is next has a harder job.”
“Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-wrote the film with Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns and Fukunaga. In the franchise’s 57-year history, Waller-Bridge is only the second woman to get a writing credit. The first was Johanna Harwood on “Dr. No” (1962) and “From Russia with Love” (1963).
The release date
The movie is set to release in the U.S. on April 8, 2020. However, it will see an earlier release in Germany, Spain, U.K., Netherlands and Saudi Arabia, on April 2.
(Pictured) Craig on the set of “Spectre.”