BILLIE EILISH’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM HAPPIER THAN EVER DEBUTS AT #1 IN THE U.S. AND CANADA
HAPPIER THAN EVER DEBUTS AT #1 IN THE U.S.
#1 IN CANADA, UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY, BELGIUM, AUSTRIA, DENMARK, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND, IRELAND AND NEW ZEALAND.
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09 AUGUST 2021 (TORONTO,ON) Billie Eilish’s sophomore album Happier Than Ever has officially debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S., as well as in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Happier Than Ever also now officially holds the record for highest vinyl sales upon release over the last 30 years. This is her second Number 1 album in the U.S. and in multiple countries around the world.
Fans and critics across the globe have praised Eilish, applauding her unflinching defiance and unwavering artistic approach, as she continues to rule the pop landscape instead of pandering to it. The 16-track full-length proves to be another welcomed triumph for popular music. A combination of non-fiction and fantasy, Eilish steps out into the limelight as one of the most treasured, talented and intricate songwriters of her generation. Weaving razor-sharp wit, everyday observations, secrets and escapades, all-the-while exploring what it is to be a complex human being, navigating the modern world. Listeners are left enchanted and captivated by this new chapter, as she delivers her rawest, most confessionary work to date.
The album’s essence, artwork and color palette was inspired by some of her all-time favorite recording artists Julie London, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee, and the 1950’s and 60’s “golden era’ they once reigned. Produced by her brother FINNEAS at his home studio in Los Angeles, Happier Than Ever solidifies Billie Eillish once again, as one of the most crucial pop artists of our time.
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In other news, seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Billie Eilish will make her Disney+ debut with "Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles," a cinematic concert experience, premiering globally on Friday, September 3. Fresh off the heels of her brand-new album, Happier than Ever, the Disney+ original will feature an intimate performance of every song in the album's sequential order – for the first and only time – from the stage of the legendary Hollywood Bowl.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne the special will also include animated elements, taking viewers on a dreamlike journey through Billie’s hometown of Los Angeles and its most iconic backdrops. “Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” features FINNEAS, the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, and world renowned Brazilian guitarist, Romero Lubambo, with Orchestra Arrangements by David Campbell. “Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” was produced by Interscope Films and Darkroom Productions, in associate with Nexus Studios and Aron Levine Productions, with Kerry Asmussen as the Live Concert Director and Pablo Berron as Director of Photography.
Starting February 3 in New Orleans, Billie Eilish’s sold-out HAPPIER THAN EVER, THE WORLD TOUR commences. The arena run will be making 32 stops across North America, before heading over the Atlantic for an 18-date arena tour through Europe and the United Kingdom, starting June 3. For merchandise and more details go to: www.billieeilish.com/
Tonight, Billie Eilish will be performing and talking on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Happier Than Ever the album is out everywhere now.
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“Billie Eilish remains brilliant.” - Associated Press
“Intentional and authentic” - NPR
“Secures her status as a generational great.” - NME
“Some of the most dynamic, emotionally complex and brilliantly produced music of her career thus far.” - Paste
“Happier Than Ever climbs down from the gilded world of fame to offer a candid report from the coming-of-age trenches, where the past is embarrassing, the future feels excruciatingly distant, and the present is simply exhausting. Eilish doesn’t pretend to have it all figured out.” - Pitchfork
“A mature, deeply personal album.” - The Ringer
“A thoughtful, confident statement of intent.” – SLANT
“A joyous experience.” - VARIETY
"Eilish is best in the shadows, exploring our messiest impulses." - Associated Press
“She is owning her body, and the lust and rage and pain and the rational and the irrational pangs that come with it.” - Vulture
“It’s the unwavering vulnerability of Eilish’s songwriting that makes Happier Than Ever most impressive.” - SPIN
“Her candidly politicized reads on misogyny are powerful, especially from a 19-year-old who has to do her learning in public, making art out of trauma she has every right to keep to herself.” - Rolling Stone Magazine
“Billie Eilish proves all she needs is herself on the stunning left turn, ‘Happier Than Ever’ - Uproxx
“Each song shines in its own way.” - USA Today
An album that, like its predecessor, sets itself apart from the sonics most contemporary pop stars favor.” - Vulture
“A smart, ambitious record that never stops interrogating itself.” - AV Club
“It's rare that the most famous musicians are also the ones taking the most risks and writing some of the best music around, but Billie Eilish is one of those musicians.” - Brooklyn Vegan
“‘Happier Than Ever’ Is a Rebellion, a Wink—and a Demand for Respect" - Daily Beast
“[The] superstar continues to break pop’s status quo.” - Grammy.com
“Eilish is clearly not interested in simply replicating the formula that made her debut album such a world-conquering smash — and the emotional turmoil chronicled in these post-fame songs perhaps suggest why. We’ve seen her in a crown, but in its most antagonistic moments, “Happier” feels like an abdication.” - The New York Times
“Excellent.” - Washington Post
About Billie Eilish
With the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album Happier Than Ever the 19-year-old Los Angeles native remains one of the biggest stars to emerge in the 21st century. Since the release of her debut single “ocean eyes” in 2015, Eilish continues to shatter the ceiling of music with her genre-defying sound. Fast forward from her humble breakout, her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S as well as 17 additional countries around the world upon release in 2019, and was the most streamed album of that year. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? was written, produced and recorded entirely by Billie Eilish and brother FINNEAS in their childhood home of Los Angeles. Billie Eilish went on to make history as the youngest artist to receive nominations and win in all the major categories at the 62nd GRAMMY® Awards, receiving an award for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Billie Eilish is also the youngest artist to write and record an official James Bond theme song, ‘No Time To Die.’ Most recently, Billie Eilish was nominated for four additional awards at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2021, and took home both Record of the Year for 'everything i wanted,' and Best Song Written For Visual Media for 'No Time To Die.’ Billie Eilish’s latest album Happier Than Ever was written by Billie and her brother FINNEAS, who also produced the album.
Source Universal Music Canada
August 9, 2021 10:00am ET by Universal Music Canada