Billie Eilish knows what she wants, thank you

Billie Eilish doesn’t care what you think. She doesn’t even have time for it. Between parading around awards shows with her Barbie soundtrack standout “What Was I Made For?”, crashing Lana Del Rey’s mainstage Coachella set in April, and promoting her newest album Hit Me Hard and Soft — out now — the musician is too booked to bother.

It’s this give-no-Fs attitude that’s defined Eilish’s superstardom since her first single. Raised in California, Eilish and her older brother, Finneas, produced the wistful song “Ocean Eyes” in their bedrooms. Overnight, the duo rocketed to mainstream success. The subsequent releases of Eilish’s first EP don’t smile at me and, later, her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (which made her the youngest person to sweep the four major Grammy-award categories) only cemented her status as pop music’s number one “bad guy.”

Since then, the singer has sold out arenas and headlined festivals. She’s collaborated with Nike on a sneaker line and hosted both Saturday Night Live and the Met Gala. She’s even launched an acting career with an acclaimed performance in Donald Glover’s horror miniseries Swarm and — somehow — her baggy, Adam Sandler-esque outfits just work

Despite the relentless hustle, Eilish never seems to break a sweat. Her bravado is on full display as she commands stages with bratty pigtails. She’s not afraid to call out wasteful industry marketing schemes or to talk about intimacy — the subject of her sapphic hit “Lunch.”

The singer first opened up about her sexuality last fall, and her April cover story with Rolling Stone confirmed her queerness. Writing “Lunch” for her new album “was actually part of what helped me become who I am, to be real,” Eilish said. “I wrote some of it before even doing anything with a girl, and then wrote the rest after. I’ve been in love with girls for my whole life, but I just didn’t understand.”

But that’s not the takeaway from her new record, a project she feels represents a return to her truest self after the golden glamor of 2021’s Happier Than Ever. It reminisces the sonic and aesthetic darkness of Eilish’s debut while possessing a mature vulnerability in discussions of her mental health. Even the unconventional decision to not drop any pre-release singles was planned by Eilish to first publish the album as a complete work — foregoing industry routine to match her own artistic standards. Still, in true Eilish fashion, she spontaneously shared 14-seconds of the third track “CHIHIRO” during an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music.

With a world tour slated for the fall, Eilish will stay busy and smash records in the only way she knows how: unapologetically, on her own terms.

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