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Exclusive: Billie Eilish On Success, Her Radio Show & New Music
The rapidly rising newcomer took time to speak to us at Lollapalooza about her headlining tour, career milestones and her forthcoming album
With her debut LP still in the works and her EP on the Billboard Top 40, 16-year-old Billie Eilish made her Lollapalooza debut on Thursday, Aug. 2 in front of a larger-than-life crowd. If her devoted audience isn’t enough of an indication of her speedy success, her EP reaching over a billion streams is. Later this year she will embark on her 1 By 1 Tour which sold out in just 60 seconds.
We spoke with Billie backstage at Lollapalooza to talk about her billion-stream milestone, what we can expect from her upcoming headlining tour, and learn new details about her debut full-length album.
Your Full American 1 by 1 Tour sold out in 60 seconds, without an LP out. How does it feel to have something that accelerated happen to you this early in your music career?
All I can say about that is I just don't even get it. It's just crazy to me because I grew up as a fan and I still am a fan, you know. I'm a fan of so much music and art and artists and stuff, and I grew up with their sort of mindset, and now, I'm seeing it from the other side, but also, being on the other side, it's weird. It's just something that doesn't happen, so when it happens, it's like, "What the f*?". Like, "what?" It's crazy. It's really cool.
What are some of those things you are into? You mentioned music and art - what are you listening to these days and what's inspiring you?
These days, to be honest with you, I'm just listening to my own stuff that I'm making. I listen to so much music, though, I couldn't really say, "I'm listening to this right now, or this a week ago." It's just like always, always everything is changing. I'm always listening to music.
Lately, it's just been the stuff that I'm creating that I'm really pumped about and just feeling it, but I don't know… There's so much good music out there right now, it's crazy.
You passed a billion streams. Do you remember where you were when you found this out? Did you celebrate, or, how did you react?
Honestly, I feel like if I celebrated that kind of thing, I'd just feel weird. I'd feel almost gross. I just want to celebrate everybody else. I don't want to be, like, "Oh, I got a billion streams, I got a million followers." I just want to have fun with the people that f with me, you know? I just want to f with people that f* with me… I like all of them, too. It's more than it is. But it's less than it is, I don't know.
Tell me about the Beats 1 radio show you're launching. How did that come about?
Dude, isn't it so sick? Dude, Beats 1 is just the homie. It's crazy because when "Ocean Eyes" came out in 2015, Jayden Smith had a Beats 1 show on Beats 1, and he played it, which was crazy because it had just come out. I have no idea how he found it or whatever, but, it was the biggest deal, you know? At the time I was like, "This is insane," and then, now I have [a Beats 1 show of my own].
I'm just like a big music fan and so I always find new stuff. I'm always playing stuff that people are like, "What is this?" And it's always stuff that has like two plays on SoundCloud or nobody knows. I'm just trying to get people's names out there because there are so many artists right now that just got big from some dumb s*. When there's so many little people on SoundCloud that nobody knows about that are just popping off, you know? It's crazy.
So, you're working on the full-length album now. Is your EP any indication of what the album will sound like? What can fans expect?
Nobody can expect a thing. That's as real as I could be about it… Having gone on tour a lot for the past - half of year, basically - I've just learned so much about what is fun to do live, what I like doing live, what the crowd likes to do to be with me live, So, basically, I'm just making music that's going to be f*ing crazy, that I could just go off, you know? And I'm always changing. I never want to have a sound. I feel like if somebody thinks I have a sound, don't listen to my music. I don't want that. I don't want to be one thing. I want to be everything in one, I guess. So [the album is] sort of just everything that I haven't been yet.
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs
The Hawaiian native takes home Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards
Feeling the 24K Magic, Bruno Mars' successful progress through the categories he's been nominated in at the 60th GRAMMY Awards picked up another one at Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like."
Christopher Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence co-write with Mars under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. The other winning songwriters for Mars' hit tonight in this category are James Fauntleroy and production team "The Sterotypes" — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip.
The Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award wrapped up the night and wrapped up Bruno Mars' complete rampage through his six nominated categories — now six wins.
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Mariah Carey Tells Fans Fire Music Is Coming With New Album 'Caution'
The sultry R&B/pop superstar has announced she will release her 15th studio album next month – what will she bring us this time around?
Never one to do things quietly, the GRAMMY-winning R&B/pop diva with the angelic voice Mariah Carey came boldly onto the scene in 1990 with her GRAMMY-nominated debut self-titled album. At the 33rd GRAMMY Awards she took home her first two wins: Best New Artist and for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "Vision Of Love," which she performed on the GRAMMY stage. The song was the album's first single and Carey's first No. 1 song. Since taking center stage at the beginning of the '90s the star hasn't looked back, releasing 13 studio albums and plenty of hits over the years. Four years after the release of her last album, she has announced that her next one is a month away. What will she serve up on her 15th LP?
The star recently shared on Twitter that her latest album is called Caution and will be released on Nov. 16, 2018. We first got a hint of a new album on Sept. 13 when she announced an album was in the works and released the lead single, "GTFO." The album's second single, "With You," followed on Oct. 4.
On "GTFO" she confidently asks a soon-to-be-ex lover "How 'bout you get the f* out?" in breathy vocals over a slow, melodic beat by GRAMMY-winning producer Nineteen85. "With You" feels like a classic Carey R&B love song with her angelic vocals backed by snapping and a melodic slow jam groove produced by hip-hop beat maker DJ Mustard, who lets her voice shine on an uncharacteristically mellow track for him. These songs hint that her latest release will give us songs that not only showcase her incredible vocal range and versatility, but also give us both nostalgia-inducing tracks as well as radio-ready hits.
"GTFO" gives us a taste of some of the new flavor that she is bringing to her new album, singing the song's coy lyrics completely in more-understated breathy vocals without belting any big high notes, not even during the chorus. It's a catchy, playful breakup song, as she confidently sings "get the f* out/how 'bout you take your tings and be on your merry way?/Fly off with the wind, bye bye baby/How 'bout you scusami, Mimi'll call you a valet."
The song was co-written and co-produced by Jeff Jefferies aka Nineteen85, who is half of OVO R&B duo dvsn and is responsible for producing some of Drake's biggest hits, including the GRAMMY-winning mega-hit "Hotline Bling." On the Drake's song "Emotionless" from his latest album, Scorpion, he samples Carey's lyrics from remixed classic hit "Emotions." Hopefully Jefferies has some catchy hits up his sleeve for Carey, and maybe even brings in some OVO artist surprises.
Carey has released some great collabs over the years, a majority with R&B and hip-hop artists, including Boyz II Men on heartfelt slow jam "One Sweet Day" from 1995's Daydream and Jay-Z on the upbeat classic belter "Heartbreaker" from 1999's Rainbow. We can only hope that the new album will offer some new, soon-to-be-classic hits with some of our other favorite artists.
Her most recent album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, released in 2014, had more collab tracks than usual for her, which could perhaps point towards some hot features on Caution. The deluxe edition of the 2014 album had six songs with other artists, including rappers Nas, Fabolous, Wale and R. Kelly as well as R&B singers Miguel and Mary J. Blige. The album's lead single, "Beautiful," has Miguel and Carey singing a soulful, feel-good duet, while "Dedicated" features a bounce-y, electronic-infused hip-hop beat with a verse from Nas. Seeing that she worked with big-time hip-hop producers on the new album's lead singles, we can only hope that they not only offered their production genus to more of the tracks, but perhaps brought some of their friends into the studio as well.
Fans only have to wait a month for the full dose of new music from Carey, but until then we will send our prayers to the music gods that the album will feature all of our dream collabs, perhaps some old and new friends, and offer up some new favorite songs, with some to slow dance to and others to belt out in the shower.