Billie Eilish‘s sophomore album Happier Than Ever is holding the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second consecutive week. The project led by a group of singles that include “NDA,” “Lost Cause,” and “Your Power” debuted at No. 1 on the album charts last week and it’s magic continues at the Billboard 200.
According to Hits Daily Double, “Happier Than Ever” sold 32.1K US copies during the August 6-12 tracking period. The album generated 82.3K in total second-week consumption, with units from track sales and streams included. Besides, the traditional sales number included 129,000 physical copies, with 73,000 vinyl sales, 46,000 CD sales and just below 10,000 cassette sales. The remaining 24,000 units derived from digital downloads.
The only other artist or group to do this is Morgan Wallen, after the now controversial musician’s sophomore album Dangerous: The Double Album achieved the same feat earlier this year.
In her second studio album, Billie Eilish showcases a diverse range of talent from jazz vocals to headbanging electronic rock. With honesty, throughout the album, Eilish sings of her struggles in stardom. “Not My Responsibility” is the most explicit example of this — a spoken word track in the middle of the album dedicated to calling out the controversies around her choice of clothes.
The album includes the body-shaming Eilish faced as the most visible teenage girl. “So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sigh of relief,” she murmurs on “Not My Responsibility,” “If I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.”
The album also has its share of heartbreak songs, one being the title track “Happier Than Ever.” After some light and acoustic vocals, the song picks up speed and turns into an electric rock and punk groove where Eilish belts painful lyrics of heartbreak with a hint of resolution and personal empowerment. She sings: “I don’t relate to you, no / ’Cause I’d never treat me this shitty.”
The album contains several acoustic songs as well, such as “Your Power” — an emotional song about the damage of an abusive relationship. It speaks about Eilish’s own experiences with older men who exploit young women and those of others. “She was sleeping in your clothes/But now she’s got to get to class…” she murmurs over an acoustic guitar. “…Does it keep you in control/For you to keep her in a cage?”
The 16-song collection was created during quarantine alongside Eilish’s brother, producer, and co-writer, Finneas O’Connell, who has demonstrated exceptional songwriting and production throughout the album. The album offers a whole new side of Eilish with styles outside the electronic realm.
On the day of the release of Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish took to Instagram to share her thoughts about her album.
“I can’t even process it. this was the most fulfilling most satisfying and profound experience I’ve ever had with my music. Finneas and I were just on cloud 9 making this album I feel.. I love every song on this project so so much it literally scares me thinking about putting it out into the world for anyone to listen to,” she wrote.
“I feel like crying. I grew so much in the process of making this album and experienced so much self realization and self reflection. I wish I could go back and make this album all over again because it was some of the best nights in my life,” she wrote in the caption.