Teenage singer Billie Eilish has become the first artist born in the 2000s to land a number one album.
The 17-year-old Los Angeles native released her first ever album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? just last month and it quickly soared to the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
And in topping the chart, the music sensation has also become the first female artist to hit number one since August 2009 when Demi Lovato, 26, debuted with Here We Go Again when she was 16 years old.
Billie was born to parents Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell on December 18, 2001, and at just 17 and three months old, she has also managed to become the youngest artist to hit number one in four years.
The last person to achieve such a title was Shawn Mendes, 20, who was just 16 years old when he topped the chart in May 2015 with his album Handwritten.
Billie’s album, which was released on March 29, saw the second largest sales week of an album, and the largest sales week yet for a female artist.
The singers record sold 170,000 copies, which – though impressive – falls pretty short of the Backstreet Boys’ DNA, which sold 227,000 copies in its first week.
Billie’s album is also the second biggest week for any record this year so far however, following Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next.
Similarly, her debut has become the third biggest streaming week for a female artist in history, after Ariana’s Thank U, Next and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy.
And it’s not just the album charts where Billie is smashing records, she is also ruling the Hot 100 singles chart, too.
Billie set a new record this month, after her name appeared on a staggering 14 spots in the top 100 singles chart, with the highest, Bad Guy, placing at number 7, while the lowest, Ocean Eyes, lands at number 94.
The impressive feat saw her taking the title from its previous holder, Cardi B, who nabbed an impressive 13 spots on the chart when she released her debut album Invasion of Privacy last year.
Billie’s alternative music boasts a somewhat spooky and ethereal vibe that has appealed to millions of listeners around the globe.
The star first came on the music scene back in 2016 with her first song Ocean Eyes, when she was just 14 years old. Produced by her brother Finneas O’Connell, the song wasn’t originally meant to be sung by Billie.
Speaking to Vogue in 2016, the artist said her brother, who wrote the song for his band, offered to let her sing the song for a project she was working on for a dance class.
She said: ‘He came into my room in October of last year to tell me he had this song called “Ocean Eyes.” He’d been doing it with his band before, but of course I’d heard it because I was right next door. I sang it, and we both loved it. It’s just a beautiful song, and [my brother] Finneas is an amazing writer.
‘I loved it and I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks. I’m in a dance company, and one of my teachers asked if I could record [the song] and send it to him so he could choreograph a dance.
‘So all of the production is based off of lyrical contemporary dance,’ she added.
The 17-year-old also revealed that she began writing songs at a young age, and that music has always been a big part of her life.
Billie and her brother took part in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus since they were children. ‘That’s where I’ve gotten all my singing technique, even though it’s mostly choral stuff.
‘It’s helped me learn the proper way to sing and not ruin my voice completely.
‘But I’ve just always sung, all the time. I sang so much that my family had to shush me. Then I started writing when I was about 11,’ she added.
The star explained that she has been home-schooled her whole life, which has helped her to balance each aspect of her busy schedule.
She said: ‘I’m really busy, but it’s stuff that I love doing. When I do have free time, I spend it with friends or I spend it at home writing or making something.
‘I’ve always liked being busy. If I have nothing to do for a week, it just makes me mad,’ she added.