Eillish and other kids rule the US charts

SOUNDS FAMILIAR - Baby A. Gil - The Philippine Star
Eillish and other kids rule the US charts
Multiple Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Billie Eillish has a new No. 1 selling album Happier Than Ever at only 19 years old. The enchanting Disney princess Olivia Rodrigo has been hogging the hit lists since early this year with her album Sour and assorted singles

For pop music fans, the news is big, funny, amusing. Would you believe that kids are ruling the US hit charts these days? This means that it was these young artists who bumped off Butter and BTS and other older acts from the top of the hit lists. It also means that they are keeping BTS from getting another No. 1 with the new single, Permission to Dance. And they are making the newest, most exciting sounds.

These are California girl, multiple Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Billie Eillish, 19 years old with a new No. 1 selling album Happier Than Ever; rapper Kid Laroi, all of 17, from the Land Down Under making his debut with the No. 1 single Stay, a collaboration with Justin Bieber; and of course, the enchanting Disney princess Olivia Rodrigo, who has been hogging the hit lists since early this year with her album Sour and assorted singles.

With Happier Than Ever at the top, Eillish has clearly surmounted the dreaded sophomore slump. Remember, two years ago, her When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go stunned not only listeners with its kooky candor but also the sales charts. It was so big that Eillish became an instant star. She was tapped to do the next James Bond theme, No Time to Die, a huge honor and she swept the Grammy Awards.

How she felt during that incredible period is the subject of the excellent Happier Than Ever. This is her thesis on teenage stardom and she displays extraordinary maturity with her insightful lyrics about the experience. Such honesty in an album from somebody so young. Working once more with her talented producer and co-writer brother Finneas O’Connell, Eillish sings in self-deprecating tones against pop melodies that touch on jazz, latin, country and mainly bedroom pop. Wonder what her next album would be like.

The Kid Laroi is Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard. He was born in New South Wales, Australia.  He broke through the global music scene with the tunes Let Her Go and Go, featuring the late Juice World.  Aside from his single Stay, his album F*ck Love is this week’s second big seller in the Billboard 200.

Then of course, there is still Rodrigo, who we are all happy to remind people of, is half-Filipino.  Her sensational debut album Sour made up of the lovelorn musings of a young girl, has dropped to No. 3 while her single Good 4 U is now No. 2. That is not all, almost all of the tracks in Sour like Driver’s License, Déjà vu, Hope UR OK and others are also hit singles. Now I cannot help but wonder who will be the big winner at the next Grammy Awards? Billie or Olivia.

The Top 10 in the Hot 100 singles are Stay by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber; Good 4 U by Rodrigo; Levitating by Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby; Butter by BTS; Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran; Kiss Me More by Doja Cat feat. SZA; Industry Baby by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow; Montero (Call Me by your Name) also by Lil Nas X; Déjà Vu also by Rodrigo; Save Your Tears by The Weeknd and Ariana Grande.

Happier than Ever by Eillish; Leave the Door Open by Silk Sonic, which is made up of Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak; Peaches by Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon; Skate, the new single by Silk Sonic; Fancy Like by Walker Hayes; Blinding Lights by The Weeknd; Heartbreak Anniversary by Giveon; You Right by Doja Cat and The Weeknd; Rapstar by Polo G.; and Leave before you Love Me by Marshmello X the Jonas Brothers.

The Top 20 albums are Happier Than Ever by Eillish; F*ck Love by The Kid Laroi; Sour by  Rodrigo; Welcome 2 America by Prince; Planet Her by Doja Cat; Dangerous: The Double Album by Morgan Wallen; The House is Burning by Isaiah Rashad; The Voice of the Heroes by Lil Baby and Lil Durk; Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa; Hall of Fame by Polo G.

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon by Pop Smoke; Faith by Pop Smoke; What You See is What You Get by Luke Combs; After Hours by The Weeknd; A Gangsta’s Pain by Moneybagg Yo; Dave’s Picks, Vol. 39: The Spectrum by the Grateful Dead; My Turn by Lil Baby; Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone; Justice by Justin Bieber; and Inside (The Songs) by Bo Burnham.


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