Saturday, May 18, 2024

Billie Eilish Strike 3 as New Bizarre Single, Video “NDA” Flops on Arrival, Bad Omen for New Album


It’s strike 3 for Billie Eilish this morning.

The pop teen phenom released a new and bizarre single last night called “NDA.” The video is strange, showing Billie dodging cars coming at her. The lyrics are about having a boyfriend sign a non disclosure agreement.

Billie’s audience rejected the single the minute they heard it. This time there’s electronic dance beats, and lyrics that are unintelligible. The result is that “NDA” hasn’t gotten beyond number 32 on iTunes, while new singles from BTS and Kid Laroi with Justin Bieber went straight into the top 5.

This is a bad omen for Billie’s album coming July 31st, called “Happier Than Ever.” “NDA” is her third flop single in a row. So far five singles from “Happier Than Ever” have been released, not one of them remotely a hit.

It’s not like her PR machine isn’t trying. She’s on the cover of Rolling Stone this month. She’s got an Apple TV documentary. But something has gone wrong in the music department, and it portends a disaster coming.

The promoters of New York’s three day Governor’s Ball must be surprised, too. Their Friday show in which Billie Eilish is headlining has not sold out. There are lots of tickets available. The Saturday show with Rocky A$AP and J Balvin is sold out. But not Billie’s day.

Did the Vogue UK magazine layout cause this? Or are the songs just bad? Fans can chime in at or on Twitter at @showbiz411. I’d like to know what’s going on.

What is this video? This song?


Did you think I’d show up in a limousine? No
Had to save my money for security
Got a stalker walkin’ up and down the street
Says he’s Satan and he’d like to meet

I bought a secret house when I was seventeen
Haven’t had a party since I got the keys
Had a pretty boy over but he couldn’t stay
On his way out, made him sign an NDA

Yeah, I made him sign an NDA
(Once was good enough)
‘Cause I don’t want him having shit to say

You couldn’t save me but you can’t let me go
I can crave you but you don’t need to know

Thirty under thirty for another year
I can barely go outside, I think I hate it here
Maybe I should think about a new career
Somewhere in Kauai where I can disappear

I’ve been having fun getting older now
Didn’t change my number, made him shut his mouth
At least I gave him something he can cry about
I thought about my future but I want it now
Want it now
(You can’t give me up)

You couldn’t save me but you can’t let me go
I can crave you but you don’t need to know

Did I take it too far?
Now I know what you are
You hit me so hard
I saw stars
Think I took it too far
When I sold you my heart
How’d it get so dark?
I saw stars

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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