Billie Eilish calls for vote against Trump in virtual concert

American singer Billie Eilish on the red carpet at Billboard Women in Music in Los Angeles on December 12, 2019.

After winning five Grammy Awards in January 2020 (album of the year, song of the year, recording, best pop vocal album, best new artist), Billie Eilish was to crown this triumph of a world tour called “Where Do We Go? », In reference to the title of his first multiplatinated album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (“Where do we go when we sleep?”) Released in March 2019.

Postponed, like so many others, due to the pandemic, this international journey was transformed, on the night of Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 October, into a virtual concert broadcast worldwide thanks to “pay-per-view”. As if to the question “where are we going?” Asked by a disoriented entertainment industry, the 18-year-old Californian, a new icon of millennials, and her concert production company, Live Nation, offered the paid livestream solution.

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In the spring, we saw a proliferation of performances filmed with the means at hand (often smartphones) and distributed free of charge by the artists like so many bottles thrown into the sea of ​​confinement. The continuing health crisis and, with it, the unprecedented one in the production of concerts, models of more ambitious and priced virtual shows are trying to emerge (BTS, Nick Cave, etc.).

For 30 dollars (approximately 25 euros), a code was thus provided to fans of Billie Eilish, allowing them to access an “exclusive” merchandising store before, at 11 p.m. French time, a pre-show of one. hour precedes a sixty-minute concert, performed live from a Los Angeles studio. The show can also be seen by spectators twenty-four hours after its live broadcast.

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To be patient, we follow, for example, the young artist with green hair walking us, with her dog, Shark, behind the scenes of a production of which she explains that part of the profits will go to the technicians of the show in need.

Another stated objective, nine days before the US presidential election: the call for mobilization and the vote launched with it by other artists such as singers Alicia Keys and Lizzo or actor Steve Carell. After a few extracts announcing a documentary film dedicated to him, The World’s Little Blurry, produced by Apple Original Films and slated for February 2021, Billie Eilish finally takes the stage.

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