Sunday, May 26, 2024

Billie Eilish Brooklyn Listening Party for New Album Attracts At Least 86,000 Requests


This morning Billie Eilish announced listening parties in New York and Los Angeles for her new album.

“Hit Me Hard and Soft” releases on May 17th at midnight. So Billie — and I guess Finneas — will appear in those cities on May 15th and 16th.

The Brooklyn Barclays Center “show” has attracted at least 86,000 requests on Ticketmaster. Somehow, from those requests, offers will be made to fans.

Eilish told Rolling Stone this month that there are no singles coming from the album. Fans will decide what tracks they like the most, and send them onto iTunes, etc. There’s no impact single for radio.

This could be tricky, especially if there is no actual standout single. When artists do this with albums they tend to fade faster. But it’s her decision. Maybe it will change if one song turns out be to a really catchy favorite.

Not included: the siblings’ “What Was I Made For,” which won the Oscar and Grammy and was a big hit.

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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