Year in Music 2019

Cover Story Bonus Quotes From Billie Eilish, Jonas Brothers & More

Billie Eilish
Heather Hazzan

Billie Eilish photographed on April 18, 2019 at SunLight Studios in Los Angeles. 

In 2019, Billboard had the opportunity to sit down with some of the biggest names in music -- from industry staples like Paul McCartney to irresistible breakthrough artists like Lil Nas X and Lizzo.

Below, read anecdotes from four cover profiles this year that packed in so much that these few worthy outtakes didn't make the final story.

Billie Eilish: Two weeks after I first met Billie Eilish at Coachella, we spoke again on the phone. She said performing for the first time at the festival had been “fucking crazy,” and that she didn’t know how to process any of it. After she got offstage, the first thing she did was go into her trailer alone. “I was completely silent,” she said. “I actually had to be on an oxygen tank with tubes going into my nose -- I was on that for a long-ass time. It was great.”    -- LYNDSEY HAVENS

Read Billboard's Billie Eilish cover story here.


P!nk: P!nk is a self-described “California crystal lady” with a passion for astrology: As she washed dishes after our lunch, she gave me a crash course in my sign and warned me about my Saturn Return, a kind of early midlife crisis that occurs around 29 or 30, when the planet moves back to the position it occupied at one’s birth: “The world takes you by your ankles, shakes all the shit out of your pockets, turns you right side up, and smacks you on your ass.”    -- NOLAN FEENEY

Read Billboard's P!nk cover story here.


DaBaby: After plowing his way through two Shake Shack sandwiches, DaBaby looked at me inside his Sprinter van and said two words: Billboard Baby. “Y’all remember I told y’all that would be my nickname, right?” he said, referencing his interview in February: “Now, we on the motherfucking cover.” In the eyes of DaBaby, his meteoric success isn’t all that surprising -- this was always part of the plan.    -- CARL LAMARRE

Read Billboard's DaBaby cover story here.


Jonas Brothers: Upon my arrival to The Armory in Minneapolis, I walked around with the Jonas Brothers’ Philymack publicist when she realized the trio had been given separate dressing rooms. “That’s not going to work,” she said. Despite each room being stocked with Coors Light and Celsius (the energy drink of choice in the Jonas camp), she insisted the venue get them one larger room instead of three, saying, “They’re going to want to be together.”    -- TAYLOR WEATHERBY

Read Billboard's Jonas Brothers cover story here.

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 21 issue of Billboard.

2019 Billboard Year in Music