Billie Eilish has signed a co-publishing deal with the Universal Music Publishing Group, the company announced Friday (Nov. 9). The deal is an exclusive worldwide agreement for the 16-year-old, who is currently working on her debut album for Darkroom/Interscope.
Eilish rose to prominence with her song "Ocean Eyes," initially released when she was just 13, and her debut EP, don’t smile at me, which came out early last year. Since then she’s been on an upward trajectory: don’t smile at me peaked at No. 38 on the Billboard 200 in July, while her duet with Khalid, "Lovely," reached No. 78 on the Hot 100 this summer. Currently, her single "When The Party’s Over" sits at No. 58 on the Hot 100, her highest-charting song to date, while she’s on the road on her 1 By 1 Tour of North America.
“A talented songwriter who is beyond her years, there is no doubt that Billie is already a powerful voice for her generation," UMPG chairman/CEO Jody Gerson said in a statement. "Her expressive songs are an outpouring of honest and raw emotion, and her truth in music resonates with fans around the world. With the guidance of UMPG A&R Luke McGrellis and support of the UMPG global team, I am confident that we will be an outstanding creative partner for Billie as she continues to rise. ... In supporting Eilish, we are pleased to be working with Justin Lubliner from Darkroom, as well as John Janick and the fantastic Interscope team.”