It’s shaping as the year of Billie Eilish, again.
On July 30, the teenage phenom returns with her sophomore album Happier Than Ever, the followup to her multiple Grammy Award-winning monster debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.
The latest single from it, “Your Power,” is powering up the charts. It debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, and at No. 5 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, and it just might be her favorite song she’s written so far.
On Monday night (May 10), Eilish was the musical guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Framed by a rugged desert, the Californian star and her brother/collaborator Finneas produced a dreamy, ambient cut. Just vocals, a single acoustic guitar and a barren landscape.
Earlier, Eilish zoomed in for a chat with the late-night show’s host, her second interview with Colbert in about 10 weeks.
At the top, Colbert sought to crush those rumors on her hairstyle during that previous appearance on his program. Yep, that green do was a wig. “I was just as blond then as I am now,” she admitted.
For real, she continued, it was a Billie Eilish Halloween costume wig, bought on Amazon. “It was awful, it was the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen,” she said.
There was method to all that madness. With all the dye-work done to her hair, “I looked f—ing crazy underneath, and I needed to look not-crazy.”
The “Bad Guy” singer also discussed her new photo book and the Internet’s explosive reaction to her Vogue cover. “It makes me not want to post again,” she explained, describing the Vogue shoot and the ensuing feedback as a “surreal” week. “I feel like I wanted to post more when less people cared, now that more people care, it’s scary to me. But it’s amazing.”
The new Billie Eilish book is out now. “I thought it would be really cool to make a whole life-long story in pictures,” she noted. “My life is kinda crazy and it’s cool to have a little memory of it.”
And then, there’s the not-insignificant matter of the Happier Than Ever release. “It’s my favorite thing that I’ve ever created,” she enthused. “I’m just so proud of it, and feel so cocky about it.”
And her personal GOAT song? That would be “Your Power.” It’s a personal triumph, she told Colbert. “I would say is my favorite song that I’ve ever written…I think that there’s times in life when you be allowed to feel cocky about something.” It’ll be tough to beat. ”I am very proud of myself with this song,” she continued. “I feel that I can never top it.”
Billie beamed in from her trailer, where she’s doing a shoot for Amazon Prime Day. Details are still under wraps.
Watch the interview below.