Billie Eilish
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If there’s one person this year who’s broken out in more riotous fashion than anyone else, it’s 17-year-old Billie Eilish, the avant-pop pioneer drastically turning the music industry upside down. Releasing her supercharged debut project WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, which aptly handed her the throne to the pop kingdom, the young artist went on to sell out a plethora of shows around the globe. She equally tapped into the cultural market with highbrow collaborations alongside Takashi Murakami, MCM, Stance, Bleacher Report, NTWRK, and many more, rapidly catching the attention of Gen Z’ers. Since then, she’s scored six Grammy nods, equally finding herself sitting atop the Spotify and Apple Music streaming charts. If that’s not enough to sate you on her massive breakout year, she equally made her directorial debut for her highlight cut “xanny” and took aim at climate change in her video for “all the good girls go to hell,” aptly voicing herself on issues affecting herself and society at-large. Whatever the case may be, Billie Eilish is undoubtedly one of the music industry’s most significant artists to date, and at such a young age, audiences can expect to see a lot more from the prophetic upstart in the years to come.