Lovely (Billie Eilish and Khalid song)

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"Lovely"
Billie Eilish & Khalid - Lovely.png
Single by Billie Eilish and Khalid
ReleasedApril 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)
FormatDigital download
Length3:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Finneas O'Connell
Billie Eilish singles chronology
"Bitches Broken Hearts"
(2018)
"Lovely"
(2018)
"You Should See Me in a Crown"
(2018)
Khalid singles chronology
"Love Lies"
(2018)
"Lovely"
(2018)
"OTW"
(2018)
Music video
"Lovely" on YouTube

"Lovely" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song by American singer-songwriters Billie Eilish and Khalid for the official soundtrack of the second season of the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why.[1] The song was released on April 19, 2018, through Darkroom and Interscope Records.[2] It was written by the lead artists and Eilish's brother Finneas O'Connell, who also produced the track.[3] The song reached the top five in Australia and New Zealand and was certified Platinum in several countries including the United States and Canada.[4][5] The song was later included on the expanded edition and Japanese edition of Eilish's EP Don't Smile at Me (2017).

Background[edit]

The song was written in producer Finneas O'Connell's bedroom alongside a recording of the piano part of the song. Vocals and other instruments were added in the following months. Madison Leinster provided the violin part of the song.[6] In an interview with Zane Lowe, Eilish said on the title:[7]

We called it [lovely] because the song was sort of really freaking depressing so then it’s like oh, how lovely. Just taking everything horrible like you know what this is great. I’m so happy being miserable.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

The song is written in the key of E minor with a moderately fast tempo of 114 of 110 beats per minute and its chord progression follows a basic sequence of C7–Em–Bm.[8] Rolling Stone said that "The smoldering ballad builds with a potent mix of piano, strings and sparse percussion."[9] The song's lyrics allude to the duo attempting to overcome a serious depression.[7]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released a week following the single's release and was directed by Taylor Cohen.[10] It shows the two singers trapped inside a glass box. It begins to rain inside the box and the water freezes. As the ice thaws, the box is revealed to be empty.[11] As of August 2019 the song has over 430 million views on YouTube.[12]

Reception[edit]

NME's Hannah Mylrea called the song one of the best from the official soundtrack for the second season of 13 Reasons Why, saying "With its lush strings and interweaving vocals, this sizzling duet is properly gorgeous. The masterfully written balled is completed with heart-wrenching crescendos and trickling piano lines, and is totally, ahem, lovely."[1] Mike Nied of Idolator gave the song a positive review and said "the collaborators deliver some of their most soulful vocals over heartrending strings and atmospheric production."[7] Earmilk was similarly positive, saying "Take two of the best voices in pop music and pair them with one of the greatest new producers in pop music, and you get magic."[13] The song was sampled by rapper Juice Wrld throughout his album Goodbye & Good Riddance, which peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[36] Gold 15,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[37] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[38] 4× Platinum 320,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[39] Gold 45,000^
France (SNEP)[40] Gold 100,000*
Italy (FIMI)[41] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[42] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[43] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Portugal (AFP)[44] Platinum 20,000^
Sweden (GLF)[45] Platinum 8,000,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[47] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "13 Reasons Why season 2 soundtrack – the best songs". NME. May 18, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
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  6. ^ "FINNEAS on Instagram: "Khalid is one of my favorite artists in the world and I feel lucky to call him a friend. His dedication to music and his endless…"". Instagram. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
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  9. ^ Blistein, Jon (April 19, 2018). "Hear Khalid Join Billie Eilish on Aching New Song, 'Lovely'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Billie Eilish & Khalid Are Trapped In Their "Lovely" Video". idolator. April 26, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
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  25. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  26. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
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  36. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  37. ^ "Brazilian single certifications – Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  38. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely". Music Canada. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  39. ^ "Danish single certifications – Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved April 8, 2019. Scroll through the page-list below until year 2019 to obtain certification.
  40. ^ "French single certifications – Billie Eilish – Lovely" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  41. ^ "Italian single certifications – Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved April 8, 2019. Select "2019" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Lovely" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  42. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  43. ^ "Polish single certifications – Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  44. ^ "Portuguese Charts - Singles Top 20 - 32/2019" (in Portuguese). Hung Medien. Archived from the original on August 17, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  45. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat" (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved February 17, 2019. Type Billie Eilish & Khalid in the top right search bar. Click on "Sok" and select "Visa" under Lovely to see certification.
  46. ^ "British single certifications – Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 11, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Lovely in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  47. ^ "American single certifications – Billie Eilish – Lovely". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 28, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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