Everything you need to know about the Glastonbury headliner

Billie Eilish will become Glastonbury Festival’s youngest solo act when she takes to the Pyramid Stage on Friday night.

The 20-year-old American singer has broken several records in her short career.

Here’s what you need to know about her.

Eilish burst onto the scene in 2015 with her debut single Ocean Eyes, which was written by her brother/producer Finneas O’Connell.

Born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, the singer hails from Los Angeles and was raised in a musical family.

A fan of the Beatles and Linkin Park, and inspired by the young Norwegian singer Aurora, Eilish started writing songs at age 11.

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Her debut album titled When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? topped the charts in the US, UK and several other countries (PA)

The home-schooled star also joined the Los Angeles Children’s Choir.

After Ocean Eyes, Eilish released a string of singles and peaked at number one in the US with Bad Guy.

Their debut album, titled When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, followed and topped the charts in the US, UK and several other countries.

It was reported as the best-selling debut album of 2019 and the biggest North American debut of the decade, moving 313,000 units in its first week.

Eilish also became the youngest female solo artist to achieve a number one album in the UK.

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Billie Eilish at The Other Stage at Glastonbury in 2019 (PA)

She was open about her struggles with depression and body dysmorphia, but said in a September 2020 interview that she was in the happiest place in her life.

She told the US edition of Elle magazine: “Two years ago, I felt like nothing mattered; every thing was useless.

“Not just in my life, but in everything in the entire world. I was totally clinically depressed. It’s insane to look back and not be more.”

Eilish celebrated her 18th birthday just weeks before making Grammy history by becoming the first teenager to win all four major categories.

The superstar singer won the Grammys for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

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Eilish won the Brit Award for Best International Woman three years in a row (Ian West/PA)

Her name was further boosted in the headlines after news broke that she had been chosen to write and record the James Bond theme song – the youngest artist ever to do so.

In August 2021, she secured her second number one album after Happier Than Ever climbed straight to the top of the UK album chart.

This made her the first international female artist to reach number one with her first two albums since Lana Del Rey seven years ago with her debut Born To Die and 2014 album Ultraviolence.

On February 8, 2022, she described her “ultimate life experience” after her Bond song No Time To Die was nominated for an Oscar for best original song.

Eilish won the Brit for best international artist for the third year in a row on the same day.

No Time To Die also won the Grammy Award for Music Written for Visual Media, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Critics Choice Award (CCA) for Best Song.

The song then completed its success by winning the award for best original song at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27.

Eilish said it was “insane” to join the list of Oscar-winning Bond songwriters, adding that she wanted to make Daniel Craig happy “above all else”.

She told PA news agency that she wanted to make the song “authentic” and not “disrespect the franchise in any way.”

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Eilish told PA news agency it was ‘insane’ to join the list of Oscar-winning Bond song writers (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Before performing at Glastonbury, Eilish headlined the Coachella festival in the US in April, bringing guests Khalid and Damon Albarn for a set that thrilled fans and critics alike.

Her appearance came after she clashed with fellow headliner Kanye West online.

West demanded an apology from the singer after she allegedly referenced the tragedy at rapper Travis Scott’s performance at the Astroworld music festival in Texas last year.

Eilish denied the allegation and West ended up not playing, though it’s still unclear if he’s backed out of the fight.

In the weeks leading up to Glastonbury, Eilish is playing a series of shows across the UK and Europe and has also hosted a weather event, Overheated, at London’s O2 Arena.

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