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Billie Eilish dropped her latest single, “Lo Vas a Olvidar” (“You Will Forget Her”). It’s a collaboration with Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía.
The previously announced tune is featured on the soundtrack for a special episode of “Euphoria,” HBO’s gritty teen drama tackling drug abuse, sexual assault and self-harm. Entitled “Part Two: Jules,” HBO Max subscribers can watch it Friday at 9 p.m. ET, while the HBO network is set to air it Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
The video is extra moody, as you might expect from Eilish. It features the powerhouse singers, alone, in the darkness.
Eilish recently discussed her latest release with Apple Music host Zane Lowe, saying it took two years to come together.
“I mean, this is the longest lead up on earth,” she said. “Yeah. Well, because we wrote most of the song in January of 2019. It’s been a long, long, long time. I’m so excited, but I love it. I actually think it’s so beautiful, and it’s so not something I feel like I’ve done.”
The Grammy-winning performer said Rosalía helped challenge her as a musician — something she thoroughly enjoyed.
“Rosalía opened a little channel in me that I hadn’t tried out before,” Eilish said. “A lot of it is in Spanish, which I think is so important. I remember when we were writing the song, I remember her saying something about, ‘It should be in English.’ And I was like, ‘No, no, no. It should be in Spanish. It’s so beautiful.’ And I’ve always loved music that isn’t in English. I like tons of music from languages I don’t even speak. I’ve always found a real … I’ve been really intrigued by it pretty much my whole life.”
The last verse of “Lo Vas a Olvidar” (“You say it to me like it’s something I have any choice in // If I wasn’t important, then why would you waste all your poison?”) is extra special for Eilish because she crafted it with her family during quarantine.
“This was a period of quarantine where every Friday we had a family dinner and a movie night, which got old pretty quick. But it was a good one, and we had dinner, we watched a movie, and then we were like, ‘You guys want to hear this Rosalía song we’ve been working on?’
“So my mom, my dad, Finneas, me, Finneas’ girlfriend Claudia, we all came down to the studio, and we listened, and me and Finneas were like, ‘Should we just write this line right now?’ So I was sitting in the room with my entire family. We both, all of us, including my dad and my mom, they were like, ‘What if it was like …’ We were all giving ideas. So technically they should have a writing credit, because we all wrote that line right at the end.”
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