Arts & Culture

Billie Eilish and Her Journey of Becoming Happier Than Ever

American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish just wrapped up her Happier Than Ever world tour, which totaled 77 shows between the continents North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The tour marked Eilish’s sixth concert tour in support of only her second studio album, Happier Than Ever (2021). The tour kicked off on February 3, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana at Smoothie King Center and ended on September 30, 2022 in Perth, Western Australia at the Perth Arena. The tour was announced on May 21, 2022 and quickly sold out, leading to the addition of extra shows and jumping the total from 50 to a whopping 77. 

Photo of Billie Eilish(front) and her brother Finneas(back left) on her ‘When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?’ tour courtesy of flicker.com

The album, Happier Than Ever, definitely had a major shift musically from her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, and it was apparent throughout her tour that the energy held a significant difference. Her first album held a dark presence that reflected her mental health at the time it was released. Musically, the songs had a sharper tone, leaving listeners with a hollower feeling. Controversy sparked around the release of this album because of how dark the lyrics and instrumental were when her audience targeted children and young adults. Though there was conflict, the album still had extraordinary success, racking up 5 awards at the Grammy Award ceremony in 2019 and being ranked as the fifth-best selling album of 2019. Upon the release of her second album, Happier Than Ever, fans were shocked at the dramatic difference both lyrically and musically from her first album. Not only was it clear that her mental health had gotten better through songs like My Future and Happier Than Ever, but her presence on stage throughout the tour also changed drastically. There was a happier and healthier Billie throughout her tour and in many interviews it was clear that this album was her saving grace through her mental health journey. Her music shifted to a bouncier, jazz based beat that gave a smooth persona throughout the entire album. This album showed fans and critics that Eilish could hit multiple genres and exceed at doing so. 

Eilish found fame just after the release of her first single, Ocean Eyes, in November 2015 at 14 years old. Alongside her older brother Finneas they released her EP Don’t Smile At Me on August 11, 2017 and she quickly rose to fame, building an audience of teens and young adults. Eilish has been in the music industry since she was a pre-teen, which is what many believe took a toll on her mental health early on. Since then, she’s thrived in success as an artist and is undoubtedly one of the top artists of our generation. Not only has she found great success but so has her brother Finneas, who has also started his own solo career. Finneas not only writes and produces for Billie but he also plays guitar and backing vocals at every show she plays. The two of them create a power duo both in songwriting and on stage. If you haven’t listened to Billie or her brother Finneas I would definitely recommend checking them out! The songs, Happier Than Ever and Male Fantasy are my top two songs from the album Happier Than Ever because they are both lyrically phenomenal and truly make you feel something as a listener.

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  1. It was great learning more about the story behind the shift in Billie’s music. I also had no idea she just wrapped her sixth concert tour in support of the new album!

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