A: Excuse me. I'd like to go to the Bronx Zoo, but what's the best way to get there? B: Let me see. You can take a bus, but the quickest way is to take the subway from here. A: Where is the nearest subway station? B: You can see Manhattan Station over there. The zoo is about a 10-minute walk from the East Tremont Avenue station. A: You have been a great help. Thank you for your kindness.
Billie Eilish is not your typical teen popstar. She was never a child actor who used their fame to launch a music career. She doesn't produce upbeat dance tracks or songs that are easy to sing along to. She doesn't wear tiny dresses or perfect makeup. She does things her own way, and if no one likes it, then so what! But people do like the way she does things. Her songs have been listened to millions of times online. She has handfuls of major music awards. And her first full-length album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, broke several records in its first week of release.
Eilish was just 14 when she uploaded her song "Ocean Eyes" to the Internet. Against her expectations, the next morning, the song had gone viral. Soon after, she was offered a record deal and began releasing hit after hit. In 2019, she released her first album, which became one of the year's most successful records and included elements of pop, electronic music, jazz, dance, R&B, and hip hop. Her songs also avoid common pop themes, such as breaking up and making up. Instead, her lyrics explore serious themes such as drug addiction, loneliness, and mental health.
While most popstars signed to major record labels work with teams of songwriters and producers, Eilish almost always works with her older brother, Finneas. Their brother-sister connection and shared musical tastes allow them to create songs that are distinctively their own and uniquely suited to Eilish's soft, sad singing voice. As a result, the music they create together stands out strongly against the same old sounds of modern day pop.
By playing by her own rules, Eilish is sure to have an interesting and longlasting musical career. And many of us can't wait to see what she comes up with next!