Monday, June 24, 2024

Billie Eilish Goes Gaga as Femme Fatale on British Vogue Cover But New Single is a Sales Dud So Far


Billie Eilish has gone all Lady Gaga on the cover of British Vogue, becoming a femme fatale a la Marilyn Monroe.

But this change in her appearance– she looks super– comes as the first new single from her second album is a sales dud.

“Your Power” was released on Thursday with a visually stunning video. But the song itself, which seems to be about a teacher who abused his position with a student, hasn’t sold well at all. After three days it’s number 15 on iTunes.

Saleswise, “Your Power” sold 2,700 copies on Thursday and Friday in downloads, but a total 57,000 in streaming. The latter sounds good, but doesn’t pay the artist much and indicates fans aren’t keen on owning it.

The song has strong lyrics that seem to be directed toward a real person, a teacher who has crossed the line with a student. From the lyrics it sounds like he’s about to get a new contract from his school.

The song is timely and topical, which is different for Eilish and brother Finneas. But it also hasn’t found an audience so far.

Maybe it’s just a loss leader, an hors d’ouevres before the album hits on July 30th. But a hit was needed. Not a strike out.

Meanwhile, Billie’s British Vogue cover is a triumph for the magazine’s editor in chief, Edward Enninful, as usual. Anna Wintour must be using the picture as a dart board!

According to Enninful in his editor’s note, Billie came to them with this idea. “Billie collaborated closely with the team here, led by style director Dena Giannini, to commission designers from Gucci to Alexander McQueen, Valentino to Burberry, on a series of custom looks.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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