Friday, May 24, 2024

UPDATED Billie Eilish’s Latest Single, “Lost Cause,” is an Actual Lost Cause, Image Change from Slacker to Femme Fatale May Be Cause


UPDATE WEDS JUNE 9TH The single has dropped to number 59. It’s dead. Lots of money is being poured into it with advertising, billboards, etc. But you can’t make people like a song. The fans are not taking to these two songs. Crossing fingers for better singles when the album arrives.

EARLIER Billie Eilish, the teen phenom with 7 Grammy Awards from 2020, and more still this past year, is having a tough time on the charts right now.

On Thursday she dropped her latest single, called “Lost Cause,” following a disappointment with “Your Power.”

Now “Lost Cause” seems like an actual lost cause. The single has sold just 2,600 downloads, pushing it down to number 25 35 on iTunes. With streaming, the number is higher– 53,800– but on Spotify’s Global Viral chart, “Lost Cause” is at number 13. It simply didn’t take off.

Eilish and her brother Finneas have certainly demonstrated their hitmaker abilities. And Eilish is popular as ever. But a change in image from slacker girl to pin up last month in Vogue, going platinum blonde with a Marilyn Monroe hairstyle, may have been too much of a jolt for her loyal followers.

That’s the only explanation for this abrupt sales drop. And Billie will be continuing that image change with her second album, coming July 30th, called “Happier Than Ever.” Her fans may not like her being so happy!


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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