The success of Barbie’s live-action – 88% have multiple causes, many of them are not strictly cinematographic. Those involved in the production made very wise decisions regarding casting, the type of advertising they would launch and, of course, the music that would accompany our protagonist on her journeys through BarbieLand and the real world. Among the notable elements of the film is the song “What Was I Made For?” of the young American Billie Eilish. This piece was included at the end of the film to accompany the credits. Regarding this material, the successful interpreter made some comments to Allure.
It was like this song was a little creature inside me for years, scratching me inside. As soon as we got that message, the creature said, ‘Okay, I’m out,’ and we (meaning Billie and her collaborator brother, Finneas O’Connell) wrote that song in an hour or two.
The single was an immediate and resounding success. At the time of writing this note, the official video has 59 million views on YouTube. However, the 21-year-old singer also stated that she recorded this material at a time when she had zero inspiration:
We wrote it in a period of time when we couldn’t have been less inspired and less creative. We were doing things that day and we thought, ‘We’ve lost it.’ Why are we doing this?’ And then those first chords happened, and ‘I used to float / now I just fall down’ came out and the song wrote itself. I have the full video of us writing the song and the first thing we wrote were those lines in the first 10 minutes. We wrote most of the song not thinking about ourselves and our own lives, but thinking about this character that we were inspired by. A couple of days passed and I realized it was about me. It’s all I feel. And it’s not just me; Eventually, everyone feels that way.
So the music video became something extremely personal for Billie, as she commented in another interview published by Allure:
The idea of the video (was) definitely just the image of me sitting there, yellow dress, 45 degree angle. The desk, with a sage green background, was right there. I didn’t even really think about it. I knew I wanted it to be one shot, and I knew I wanted it to have a deep meaning. Unpleasant surprise (…) As soon as we decided that it was going to be everything old throughout my professional moments, but Barbie-sized, I was excited. I was so excited. I kind of based the whole Barbie aesthetic on vintage Barbie, that was the idea, and that’s not the Barbie I grew up with, but it’s definitely the coolest one.
A rising trajectory:
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, known simply as Billie Eilish, born December 18, 2001 He rose to fame in 2015 with “Ocean Eyes”, a single produced by his brother Finneas O’Connell, with whom he maintains a close musical collaboration. In 2017, he released his EP “Do n’t Smile at Me”, which had resounding international success.
Their first album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” of 2019, and the single “Bad Guy”, catapulted her even further, making her the first artist of the 21st century to reach number one on the Billboard charts. She also performed “No Time to Die” for the film of the same name No Time to Die. 83% of the famous character James Bond, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2022.
His second album “Happier Than Ever” dominated the charts in 25 countries and his relationship with Barbie in 2023 gave him another UK number one single. With multiple awards, including seven Grammys, and being the youngest to win all four major categories in a single year, Eilish has left an indelible mark on contemporary music. In addition to her career, she is known for her activism on issues such as climate change and gender equality.