The next era of Billie Eilish is just mere hours away...
After flexing on folks who prematurely said this was Billie's "flop era" and giving suggestions on how fans should listen to her forthcoming record, Happier Than Ever, which hits shelves and streaming services on July 30, Audacy’s Julia is getting into details about the album and much more with the singer and songwriter on the eve of the new album's release.
“I’m feeling all the things,” Billie told us this morning during our Check In. “I’m feeling excited, I’m feeling nervous, and scared, and worried, and anxious – but also just hopeful,” she says with a smile.
Regarding her choice to name the new offering Happier Than Ever, aside from there being a track with the same name, Billie says she felt like the title “encapsulated the last few years of my life really well, in a way that I thought the fans would understand. Just because I feel that when I was coming up, and getting bigger, I was actually very depressed and over time I feel that I, very obviously, my mental state rose and got so much better. I feel the fans really knew that and could see it.”
Billie says it’s a question that would come up often, “‘How does it feel to be happy now?’ It was nice to be in a place where I felt confident in my life and who I am, but at the same time it’s like, ‘What is happiness?’ I spent a lot of time thinking about happiness and the word ‘happiness,’ and how it fluctuates. Everyone thinks if you’re one thing, you’re going to be that forever and you’re never going to be anything else. It’s really not true; happiness is temporary but also, so is misery.”
While the album title shares the same name as one of the tracks, Billie says each has a very different meaning, but felt the phrase was such a “solid sentence and just worked with my last few years and my growth.” As fans who know Billie Eilish’s personality may have guessed, she admits “it also is kind of sarcastic in a way… but that also came from people being like, ‘So, you’re happy now!’ And it’s like, ‘well that’s only in this moment.’ It doesn’t stay; it did not stay, by th