Thursday, May 30, 2024

Billie Eilish Debuts “Lunch” at Listening Party. You Probably Won’t Be Hearing it On the Radio (Or in the Supermarket)


(WITH UPDATES) Billie Eilish is only 22, but she’s never shied away from making cutting edge music.

On Wednesday night she debuted her new album, “Hit Me Hard and Soft,” at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center. Young women packed the arena, but what they got was lyrics of the new generation.


Goodbye, Taylor Swift songs about breaking up with boys. It’s a new world now.

“I could eat that girl for lunch/Yeah, she dances on my tongue/Tastes like she might be the one/And I can never get enough/I could buy her so much stuff/It’ a craving, not a crush. Yeah.

I don’t think we’ll be hearing that on top 40 radio or in the carpool with the station turned up. But who knows?

Billie said there would be no singles from the album, and now I think we know why.

In the Barclay Center, the electronic music pounded. Eilish is singing strongly, not her usual whisper. She’s loud and proud. It’s 2024.

How will these new songs be received? As Billie sings in “Skinny”:

the internet is hungry for the mеat
It’s kinda funny that somebody’s gotta feed it

Billie Eilish is serving a banquet.

Here’s the song:

@billieeilishbrs LUNCH – @BILLIE EILISH #billieeilish #fyp #coachella #billiestan ♬ i could eat that girl for lunch – Billie Eilish Brasil

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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