Billie Eilish may be a dark pop princess, but her future is bright.
The breakout singer dropped her latest single, “My Future,” on Thursday.
The song has a somewhat softer sound than we’ve been accustomed to, but still features the raw lyrics and stellar vocals we know and love.
In “My Future,” Eilish walks away from a relationship, deciding to put herself — and her future — first. She croons, “Can’t you hear me? // I’m not coming home // Do you understand? // I’ve changed my plans // Cause I // I’m in love // With my future // Can’t wait to meet her // And I // I’m in love // But not with anybody else // Just wanna get to know myself.”
The music video opens with a cartoon Eilish — green-tinged hair and all — standing in the rain, symbolizing the relationship she’s walking away from. Later, after the break, the skies clear and she’s in a lush forest where greenery is quickly growing, a sign of her budding future.
“We wrote this at the very beginning of quarantine,” Eilish said in an email to fans. “It’s a song that’s really, really personal and special to me. When we wrote this song, it was exactly where my head was at — hopeful, excited and a craaaazy amount of self reflection and self growth. But recently it has also taken on a lot of new meaning in the context of what’s happening in the world now. I hope you can all find meaning in it for yourselves.”
The 18-year-old became a household name last year thanks to her album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and includes smash hit “Bad Guy.”
She became the youngest person ever to sweep the four main categories at the Grammys, winning for best new artist, record of the year, song of the year and album of the year (the last person to do that was Christopher Cross in 1981).
Eilish also performed during music’s biggest night, taking the stage for her ballad “When the Party’s Over” as her producer brother Finneas O’Connell – and a choir dressed in white – joined her onstage.
The singer was born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell to actors Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell, whose mutual TV credits include “The West Wing” and “Days of Our Lives.” Her first middle name was going to be “Pirate,” but “then my uncle had a problem with it because pirates are bad,” she explained to the BBC in 2017.
Her brother produced and co-wrote much of Eilish’s debut album in their childhood home, where they both were homeschooled.
Eilish counts Lana Del Rey, Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator among her biggest inspirations, and has won famous fans in Shawn Mendes, Alicia Keys, Jared Leto and Dave Grohl. The Foo Fighters frontman raved about her during a music conference in Los Angeles, comparing the excitement around Eilish to that of his former band, Nirvana, during its heyday.
“My daughters are obsessed with Billie Eilish,” Grohl said. “The same thing is happening with her that happened with Nirvana in 1991. Her music is hard to define, I don’t know what you call it. … But it’s authentic and I would call that rock ‘n’ roll. So I don’t care what sort of instruments you use to do it. People say, ‘Is rock dead?’ When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, I’m like, ‘Rock ‘n’ roll is not even close to being dead!’ ”
Contributing: Sara M Moniuszko, Patrick Ryan and Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
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