The 20-year-old Grammy winner was just fairly new to the music industry when she debuted in 2016 and yet she is already one of the youngest, wealthiest, and most influential musicians out there today.
Billie Eilish’s Beginnings
On December 18, 2001, Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell or more famously known as Billie Eillish, was born to Maggie Baird, an actress and teacher, and actor Patrick O’connell. Her parents are both musicians, too. She had a very creative childhood full of opportunities because of her parents. Here are a few interesting facts about her early development in music:
She and her brother, Finneas, were homeschooled so that they could focus on their interests.
Her mother taught her the basics of songwriting.
Billie’s early inspirations in music were her brother and their mother.
At the age of 6, Billie already knew how to play the ukulele.
She wrote her first song at 11 years old.
“Ocean Eyes” and the Start of Her Career
Since Billie was fortunate enough to have been brought up in a musically-gifted home, it is no surprise that she really is destined for fame. Her brother, Finneas, wrote a song for his own band, but realizing that the song suited Billie’s voice, he gave the song to her. The song, “Ocean Eyes”, was recorded in 2015 and uploaded on SoundCloud November 18 of the same year. The song became a hit instantaneously! Overnight, it had multiple downloads on SoundCloud.
Her music was picked up by major record labels, namely Darkroom and Interscope Records, and the song was rereleased commercially exactly a year later in 2016. The song hit major success when it reached the 84th spot in the US Billboard Hot 100 and also received a triple-platinum certification.
Right after she found success in “Ocean Eyes”, Billie did not stop releasing new music. In 2019, she released her first studio album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and immediately secured the top spot at the US Billboard 200 and even reached number one in the UK. It sold 3.9 million copies in 2019 alone.
“Blohsh”, Life Documentary, and Other Endorsements
Billie is making the most out of her career. Knowing that she is famous for her unique clothing style, Billie opened her own clothing line, “Blohsh”, that sold similar styles to her usual outfits— baggy pants, oversized tees, and hoodies. Her shop also has her albums and some vinyls.
Aside from her own business, Billie also has endorsements for Freak City, Calvin Klein, and the quite controversial Siberia Hills. She also had a deal with Adobe for its Creative Cloud line.
Apple also spotted the singer’s fame and further potential. In August 2019, Apple partnered with Billie to promote their MusicLab app wherein their customers can experiment with one of Eilish’s songs “You Should See Me in a Crown”. And while we think that Apple already had its chance with Billie, they did not stop with just mere app promotions. Later that year, the singer signed a $25 million deal with Apple TV+ to produce an exclusive documentary about her life. The documentary was released on the paid platform in February of 2021.
Billie Eilish’s Net Worth
With all her projects combined, it surely is no surprise that she already has a big net worth. In 2020, Billie Eilish’s net worth reached $53 million! She even ranked 43rd on Forbes Celebrity 100 list. In 2021, reports estimated her net worth to have reached $30 million. This year, it is said that she is worth $25 million, much lower than her estimated net worth two years ago. Reports say that this is because of the canceled or pushed back tours. Then again, it is still not bad for a 20-year-old, right?