Happier Than Ever

Happier Than Ever is the upcoming second studio album by American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish, scheduled for release on July 30, 2021, by Darkroom and Interscope Records. It follows her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019).

Happier Than Ever
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)[1]
Recorded2020–January 2021[2]
StudioFinneas's home (Los Angeles)
Length56:07
Label
ProducerFinneas
Billie Eilish chronology
Live at Third Man Records
(2019)
Happier Than Ever
(2021)
Singles from Happier Than Ever
  1. "My Future"
    Released: July 30, 2020
  2. "Therefore I Am"
    Released: November 12, 2020
  3. "Your Power"
    Released: April 29, 2021
  4. "Lost Cause"
    Released: June 2, 2021
  5. "NDA"
    Released: July 9, 2021

Five singles preceded the album: "My Future", "Therefore I Am", "Your Power", "Lost Cause", and "NDA", all of which charted in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100. Before release, Happier Than Ever became the most pre-added album in Apple Music history. To promote the album, Eilish will embark on the Happier Than Ever The World Tour in 2022.

BackgroundEdit

American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish released her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, produced by American musician Finneas, her brother, on March 29, 2019.[3] It was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, and spawned the Billboard Hot 100-topping single "Bad Guy", her first number-one on the chart.[4] The album and the single won six awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including the "big four" Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist.[3] Eilish released a number of singles since the album: the stand-alone "Everything I Wanted" (2019), the James Bond theme song "No Time to Die" (2020), and the Rosalía collaboration "Lo Vas a Olvidar" (2021), the first two of which won the Record of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 63rd Grammy Awards, respectively.[5][4] In a January 2020 interview, Eilish stated she would begin working on her upcoming second studio album during the year.[6] In March, Eilish's brother Finneas O'Connell confirmed this, stating that it would be "pretty pure in its intention" like Eilish's debut, with the two continuing to make the type of music they like to "play live".[7]

The first single, "My Future", was released on July 30, 2020, one year before the album's scheduled release date. It debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100.[8][9] The second single, "Therefore I Am", was released on November 12, 2020.[10][11] The single debuted at number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100,[12] rising to number two the following week, making it the fourth-greatest leap in the Hot 100's history with a vault of 92 positions.[13] In January 2021, Eilish stated that the album "feels exactly how I want it to", with her not wanting to change a single thing about it. Her documentary film, Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry, was released the following month.[14] Later in February, Eilish announced the album would have 16 tracks.[15]

On April 26, 2021, Eilish began hinting at upcoming music, and revealed the title, Happier Than Ever, in an Instagram post on April 26, including a 15-second snippet of the title track, which had been previously teased in the documentary film.[16][17] The following day, Eilish announced Happier Than Ever as the album title, after billboards announcing its title and release date reportedly began appearing in various cities.[1][18] The album is scheduled to be released on July 30, 2021.[19][20] On April 28, 2021, Eilish announced that the third single, "Your Power", and its accompanying music video, would be released the next day, April 29.[21] On June 2, "Lost Cause" was released as the album's fourth single.[22] The fifth single, "NDA", was released on July 9, along with a music video.[23] On July 22, Eilish announced the September 3 release of a concert film on Disney+ titled Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles directed by Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Osborne.[24]

RecordingEdit

Happier Than Ever was recorded in Finneas's basement recording studio at his Los Feliz residence in Los Angeles.[25] The title track was the first song she wrote from the record, dating back to the European leg of her When We All Fall Asleep Tour.[25] Recording for the album began on April 3, 2020 with "My Future" and carried on for several months in weekly schedules.[25] Eilish revealed that all 16 songs on the final tracklist were the only 16 songs they worked on during the creative process.[25]

Eilish has revealed that the creative process of Happier Than Ever felt "very natural", unlike her previous projects where she constantly felt anxious and under pressure.[26] With earlier works Eilish also felt that she wasn't good enough and simply wasn't talented, but has since gained much more confidence in her craft.[27] According to Eilish, her record label did not have any input on the album,[28] unlike her debut album where she felt pressure from deadlines, constant meetings and "an expectation that a star was about to be born", all of which she "literally hated".[25]

In an interview with Vevo, Eilish said that she wanted to create "a very timeless record", mostly being inspired by jazz singers that she listened to growing up such as Julie London, Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra.[26] She also said that the songs on the album are "all over the place and very, I think, versatile, different to one another, but also very cohesive," which she cited as one of her biggest goals.[26] Another one of her goals she had during studio sessions was to surprise her fans as well as herself.[29] She aimed to be uncomfortable during the creative process, using "NDA" as an example of a song that wasn't made in her "comfort zone".[29] Eilish cited self-reflection as the biggest muse behind the record,[26] yet revealed before its release that "almost none of the songs on this album are joyful".[25] Eilish has also cited "Male Fantasy" as an example of a song that she wrote almost completely by herself since writing sessions for the album involved "so much reflection", during which Eilish realized things about her life that she'd never really processed before, allowing her to figure out a way to release those emotions and convert them into sounds.[29]

Music and lyricsEdit

Lyrical muses behind the record include "emotional abuse, power struggles, and mistrust — stories drawn from Eilish's life and the lives of people she knows" as well as "fame and fantasies of secret romantic rendezvous."[25][28] The opening track, "Getting Older", is a song about abuse and was "particularly harrowing" to write.[25] The title track starts out as "a mopey breakup song", before breaking into "an electric-guitar-driven rager", while the rest of the tracks "bare different kinds of catharsis, teetering between sexy, electronic beats and warm folkiness, reminiscent of her earliest music."[25]

Promotion and releaseEdit

Happier Than Ever is slated for release on July 30, 2021. On May 21, 2021, Eilish announced her sixth concert tour, Happier Than Ever The World Tour, to promote the album. The tour covers Europe and North America, starting on February 3, 2022, in New Orleans. The tickets went for sale on May 28, 2021.[30]

Commercial performanceEdit

With over 1.028 million pre-adds on Happier Than Ever, Eilish reclaimed the Apple Music record for the most pre-saved album ever in the platform's history. Canadian singer the Weeknd had previously seized the record from Eilish's own When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019) with his album After Hours (2020).[31][32]

Track listingEdit

Happier Than Ever track listing[33]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Getting Older"  4:04
2."I Didn't Change My Number"  2:38
3."Billie Bossa Nova"  3:16
4."My Future"Finneas3:30
5."Oxytocin"  3:30
6."Goldwing"  2:31
7."Lost Cause"
  • B. O'Connell
  • F. O'Connell
Finneas3:32
8."Halley's Comet"  3:54
9."Not My Responsibility"  3:47
10."Overheated"  3:34
11."Everybody Dies"  3:26
12."Your Power"
  • B. O'Connell
  • F. O'Connell
Finneas4:05
13."NDA"
  • B. O'Connell
  • F. O'Connell
Finneas3:15
14."Therefore I Am"
  • B. O'Connell
  • F. O'Connell
Finneas2:53
15."Happier Than Ever"  4:58
16."Male Fantasy"  3:14
Total length:56:07

Release historyEdit

Release dates and formats for Happier Than Ever
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various July 30, 2021
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