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Earlier this week Forbes released their annual 30 Under 30 edition and a couple of notables from the music world ended up making the highly-esteemed list.
Billie Eilish, 16, was one of the musicians to make the list after a monumental 2018. Thrust into the spotlight thanks in part to her latest hit, “You Should See Me in a Crown,” a relentless touring schedule, and billions of song streams. The list seeks to measure a lot more than sheer popularity, aiming to identify the biggest risk takers who will leave a lasting impact in fields from “Arts and Style” to “Venture Capitalists.” The music category was dominated by hip hop and pop stars, with only Billie Eilish and Led Zepplin-esque Greta Van Fleet representing anything that resembled rock music.
And while much has been written about the demise of alternative music, there is some solace in the fact that the newly crowned queen of the alternative scene is barely halfway to 30.
Maybe this will help light a fire under some of the scene’s up-and-comers to push a few more boundaries. Billie certainly is.
To wrap your head around Billie’s meteoric rise, check out this really cool interview she did with Vanity Fair. Conducted a year apart with the exact same questions, it punctuates the incredible amount of growth that has taken place for Billie in such a short time.
Here’s to more success for star in 2019.