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  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Billie Eilish was “terrified” of performing at the Oscars

    The 18-year-old singer took to the stage at the Academy Awards earlier this month, and has said she found the performance nerve-wracking, despite usually being calm and collected before a show


    Speaking about the performance, she said: “Yeah, I was sick for all of the Oscars, I bombed that performance, that was trash. The Oscars is not my people, like, you know what I mean, I'm not used to that. At least the Grammy's wasn't as scary because it was, like, artists and it felt like my people, it felt like, ‘Oh, look a bunch of artists’, and I knew a lot of them already and I'd met them and they knew of me.

    “But, like, the Oscars, these are movie stars. It’s totally different, the show is so scary. And the thing is, like, I don't normally get nervous, I don't get nervous for shows or, like, any sort of performance really, but that s**t was terrifying. I think we were just glad it was over.”

    And Billie will no doubt brush shoulders with movie stars again at the premiere of the upcoming James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’, as she has written and recorded the theme song for the film.

    The ‘Bad Guy’ hitmaker released the song - also titled ‘No Time To Die’ - on Thursday (13.02.20), and said the process of recording the track was “crazy”.

    She explained: "You know what's funny about it, like two years ago, we were like, ‘Wouldn't it be crazy to make a song for the Bond movies, and wouldn't that be dope’, and so, kind of for two years-ish, we've been subconsciously trying to [make it happen] in our own way.

    “We've written songs that have never come out that are, like, ‘Oh, this sounds like Bond, like, this would be dope’, like, it would never happen, whatever. And then this offer came up and we were like, ‘Ahhhh!’ ”

    To record the song, Billie had to get details on the plot of the movie - which will see Daniel Craig make his fifth and final outing as 007 - and said the process was “more collaborative” than people might think.

    Speaking about the song - which also features Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr - she added: “They told us about the plot, they showed it to us and we wrote to it. This was actually really helpful to get a piece of the script and it was only the beginning part, like, you know how all the Bond movies start with, like, a scene - It was more collaborative than you'd think actually which I was surprised by because I thought it would just be like, here's the song, and they take it and then I would have no say, but they really wanted to know what I think.

    “The day after my birthday, we flew to London for a week, and we worked with Hans and the entire orchestra, they recorded all of the orchestra. Then for, like, a month, half a month maybe, we were just kinda going back and forth to their team and us about just getting it right and it went through a lot of different versions. We all worked really hard, Hans was incredibly easy to work with and he's so funny and it was a really good, collaborative experience.”

    And the ‘Ocean Eyes’ singer can’t wait to see her song played alongside the opening credits when the film hits cinemas in April.

    Speaking to Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s New Music Daily, she said: "I didn't even know it would come out before the movie, but apparently all of them do ... I just wasn't aware of that, which I actually love because then people that listen to it when they go to see the movie when it's out, they can be like, ‘Oh my god, that's the song’. I can't even tell you, I'm so psyched to see the movie the first time and be like, ‘Oh my god’.”

    © 2020 Bang Showbiz, NZCity


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