Billie Eilish Thought Her Career Was Over Before ‘Barbie’ Track
Billie Eilish was seriously worried about her music career before her Barbie hit, “What Was I Made For.” Eilish, 21, told The Hollywood Reporter about her creative struggles before she penned the film’s track with her brother Finneas. In a songwriter roundtable on Thursday (November 16), Eilish was joined by Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Jon Batiste, Cynthia Erivo, and Julia Michaels.
Eilish said, “I honestly was concerned that it was over for me. We’d been trying, and it wasn’t doing what it usually would do in me. I was honestly like, ‘Damn, maybe I hit my peak, and I don’t know how to write anymore?’” Getting the call from director Greta Gerwig in January is what changed everything for Eilish. She went so far as to say the director “saved” her and Finneas from the despairing slump. “It brought us out of it, and immediately we were inspired and wrote so much more after that.”
As we previously reported, “What Was I Made For?” has been streamed over 600 million times since its release four months ago. While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month, Eilish said getting a “prompt” beforehand helped her in the writing process. Shocked about how well the numbers for “What Was I Made For?” has done, Eilish told the host, “It’s pretty nuts. That’s a lot of listens.” Eilish has two studio albums under her belt: 2019’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and 2021’s Happier Than Ever. Now, the dynamic sister-brother duo is making progress on her third album. She revealed they have been “filming the whole creation of the next album we’re working on.” In September, Eilish revealed, “There is lots of music coming. There is a whole album of music coming. We’re in the final stages of making it, so that doesn’t mean it’s about to come out, but it is getting there, and it’s very exciting.” She has yet to announce a possible release date or album name.