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Billie Eilish tells story behind “pretty random” new song, “TV”

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During a show in England earlier this month, Billie Eilish debuted a never-before-heard new song called “TV.” In a new interview with Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music 1, the “Happier Than Ever” star shares how the track came to be.

“It was pretty random actually,” Eilish explains. “Nobody thought about it. Our plane was delayed a couple weeks ago and we were sitting outside somewhere and I was just listening to songs that I have written and never did anything with like all in my phone and my voice memos and stuff.”

“I found a couple songs and I was thinking about these songs that we have written,” she continues. “And I was, like, ‘Wow, I really love these songs.’ I just had this idea of, like, ‘What if we just did them live?'”

Eilish notes that she and her brother/collaborator, FINNEAS, hadn’t performed a song live that hadn’t been yet released or even recorded since “when the party’s over,” which was eventually included on her 2019 debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

“We write music and I want it to come out without having to prepping and making a whole like doing months and months of promo for something,” Eilish says. “I just want to be able to put music out like I used to. I think the bigger you get the harder that seems.”

She adds, “So I kind of was, like, ‘I just want to be able to go back to my roots and be the songwriter that I am and that Finneas is and sing the song that we just wrote and put it out whenever it’s done.'”

Also during the interview, Eilish talks about her love for Damon Albarn and her upcoming headlining set at Glastonbury.

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