Happier Than Ever

Album: Happier Than Ever (2021)
Charted: 4 11
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Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Billie Eilish addressing a lover with whom she has a volatile relationship. He calls her up when drunk, never shows up on time, and basically makes her miserable. It's only when she's away from him she's truly happy.
  • The target of this kiss off appears to be LA rapper Brandon Adams, whom Eilish dated for a year before breaking up in June 2019. Fans also believe the single "Your Power" is about him.
  • The song finds Eilish breaking away from the dreamlike electropop sound of her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Starting off as a gentle ballad, it breaks into a distorted-guitar-driven rager incorporating distant screams and a soaring guitar solo. "It was very satisfying to scream," Eilish told British Vogue. "Because I was very angry. There's so much anger in those songs - anger and disappointment and frustration."
  • Billie Eilish wrote the track with her brother and usual songwriting partner, Finneas O'Connell. It was the first tune they penned for her second album during the late summer 2019's When We All Fall Asleep European Tour. She originally titled it "Away From You."
  • Eilish directed the thunderous video herself. The clip shows the pop star belting the song as she escapes a flooding house. She told Elle the scenario was a creative decision made to help her face a fear of water. "I was terrified of drowning and having my head stuck underwater," she said. "But I'm a daredevil. I want to do everything that scares me."

    To conquer her phobia, Eilish jumped right in, literally and figuratively. Half of the video was shot underwater," she said. "So I pretty much overcame my fear of water. It was f---ing crazy, dude."
  • This is the title track of Eilish's second album. She told Rolling Stone the name came from something her mother said to her: "When you're happier than ever, that doesn't mean you're the happiest that anyone's ever been. It means you're happier than you were before."
  • While the song title references Eilish being more contented without her lover, she named the album Happier Than Ever for a different reason. The pop star explained to Audacy's Julia she felt like the title "encapsulated the last few years of my life really well, in a way that I thought the fans would understand. Just because I feel that when I was coming up, and getting bigger, I was actually very depressed and over time I feel that I, very obviously, my mental state rose and got so much better. I feel the fans really knew that and could see it."
  • Billie Eilish performed the song live for the first time at the iHeartRadio Festival on September 19, 2021. Eilish's five-song set marked her return to the live stage following the COVID lockdown. It also included the performance debut of another Happier Than Ever track, "Oxytocin."

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