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Billie Eilish second guessed releasing debut album the night before

Luckily she didn't actually pull the plug on the album

May 9, 2019
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Billie Eilish has had an explosive start to her career, but she almost decided not to release her debut album.

According to Billboard, the pop star was second-guessing the release of her album the day before it was released.

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“I’ve never felt that way,” says Eilish. “Where it’s my child and I don’t want anybody’s hands on it.”

Eilish apparently asked her team if it was possible to stop the release at a Jimmy Kimmel taping. 

“[It’s rare] to actually really fuck with what you make and create,” says Eilish. “I didn’t want the world to be able to tell me how they feel about this thing I love.”

The singer’s success was discussed at length during the interview and is attributed to her management’s calculated streaming plan. Aiming to drop a wide range of singles leading to the album release landed Eilish on multiple genre-based playlists. 

“There was a moment where artists and songs were living and dying by what playlist they could be on,” says her manager Danny Rukasin. “We made sure to be the standout on different ones.” 

Eilish also revealed in the interview a number of famous musicians who reached out to praise her, including Avril Lavigne. Lavigne congratulated Eilish, suggesting the two hang out in Los Angeles sometime and reminding her that she also got her start at a young age. 

The singer also received praise from Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams, reasonably losing her mind over the whole thing.

Eilish is headed on a huge North American tour. Tickets are on sale here. Check out the full list of dates below, which was recently updated.


05/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
05/31 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
06/01 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Amphitheatre
06/02 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
06/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Saltair
06/05 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
06/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
06/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
06/09 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom

06/11 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
06/12 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
06/14 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
06/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
06/18 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
06/19 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
06/20 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
06/21 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
06/23 – Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre at Christian Park
07/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
07/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
07/13 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

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Written by Joe Smith-Engelhardt