Los Angeles upstart Billie Eilish was just 13 years old when she uploaded her woozy love song "Ocean Eyes" to Soundcloud, only to see it go viral almost overnight. Two years later, the song joins a host of other gloom-pop jams as part of Eilish's debut EP, dont smile at me. ?
While on tour to promote the album, the burgeoning star took a moment with Billboard to talk breaking rules and breaking through.
GO-GETTER Homeschooled by actor/musician parents, Eilish (pronounced “eye-lish”) was taking dance classes and singing in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus by 8 years old. With help from her older brother Finneas, a budding producer, she wrote her own songs for choreography. “I was always singing. People had to shut me up,” she says. “I’m still like that.”