Billie Eilish’s debut album has become the second biggest selling album of 2019 so far, according to figures released today.
Speaking to Variety, BuzzAngle Music have reported that ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ sold up to 275,000 albums during its first five days on sale, as well as over 118 million on-demand audio streams.
Added to further sales figures, a source has now told Variety that the album’s seven-day sales figures are likely to between 250,000 and 275,000 album units making it second only to Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank u, next’.
In a five star review of Eilish’s debut, NME wrote: “‘When We All Fall Asleep…’, then, ticks all the boxes for a memorable and game-changing debut album. It’s enjoyable and familiar, but retains Billie’s disruptive streak.
“It’s a brave and resounding first step for an artist with bags of potential and over the next decade, you’ll no doubt see popular music scrabbling to try and replicate what this album does on every level. There’ll always be copycats, as Billie noted on her 2017 song of the same name, but none will be able to reach these heights any time soon.”
“It’s something I’ve lived with my whole life,” Eilish revealed. “Everybody in my family, all my friends, all the people closest to me know that I have it. It’s not anything different. I just never said anything because I didn’t want that to define who I was. I didn’t want it to be like, ‘Billie Eilish, the artist with Tourette’s is on ‘Ellen”.”
Eilish added: “I’ve also learned that a lot of my fans have it, which made me feel more at home with saying it. I felt like there was a connection there. I felt like when I said that, kids were posting and being like, ‘Oh my God, I have always had this – now she has it and she’s who I can look up to with it’.”
The interview also saw Eilish discuss the “unreal” moment when Paul McCartney Facetimed her parents.