You Should See Me in a Crown

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"You Should See Me in a Crown"
Billie Eilish – You Should See Me in a Crown.png
Single by Billie Eilish
from the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
B-side"Bitches Broken Hearts"
ReleasedJuly 18, 2018 (2018-07-18)
Format
GenrePop
Length3:00
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Finneas O'Connell
Billie Eilish singles chronology
"Lovely"
(2018)
"You Should See Me in a Crown"
(2018)
"When the Party's Over"
(2018)
Vertical video
"You Should See Me in a Crown" on YouTube
Animated video
"You Should See Me in a Crown" on YouTube

"You Should See Me in a Crown" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song by American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, released on July 18, 2018, through Darkroom and Interscope Records.[1] It was written by Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell, who also produced the track.[2] The song received positive reviews and charted in countries including the US, Canada and Australia. It was also one of the official theme songs for NXT TakeOver: New York.

Background[edit]

The song's title was inspired by a scene from the third episode of the second season of BBC television series Sherlock titled "The Reichenbach Fall", where the villain Jim Moriarty says the words "...honey, you should see me in a crown".[3] Eilish and O'Connell, who are fans of the series, thought that the line was "dope" and decided to write a song around the quote.[4] The song "Human" by Iranian-Dutch singer Sevdaliza was also cited as one of the track's influences.[4]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

The song is a trap-influenced pop song featuring Eilish singing over "blaring synths and rapid-fire hi-hats."[5][6][7] NME described the song as a "brooding pop anthem".[5] The opening sound is a recording of the songwriters' father sharpening knives.[4] Eilish's vocals have been described as "whispered" and "mumbled".[5][8] Lyrically, the song features Eilish plotting for world dominance.[5][8]

Release and promotion[edit]

The track was premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on July 18, 2018.[9] Two days later, Eilish posted a video of a tarantula crawling out of her mouth on her social media accounts with the caption "u scared?"[10] In October, she made her daytime television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show performing the song inside a glass box with a crown on her head.[11][12] The Ringer deemed the performance the ninth most awkward on the show in 2018.[13] The song was used as the official theme song for the professional wrestling pay-per-view event NXT TakeOver: New York.[14]

Reception[edit]

The song was well received by music critics; many noted that it was significantly darker than Eilish's previous work. NME's Thomas Smith reacted positively towards the song, writing "she's not playing nice anymore. Kicking off with some mumbled vocals and a melody that sounds like the most sinister nursery rhyme you ever heard, Billie's sending for everyone."[5] Raisa Bruner of Time featured the song on her "5 Songs You Need to Listen to" list on the week of July 20, 2018 and wrote "Eilish finds a vibe that's the right kind of eerie as she makes an unabashedly dark statement of confidence and purpose."[8] Jacob Moore of Complex called the track "a gorgeously written song with a pop core and an unforgettable chorus, but dark undertones give it an dynamic edge."[15]

Billboard named the single the 50th best song of 2018,[16] and PopMatters gave it the same ranking.[17]

Music videos[edit]

Vertical video[edit]

A vertical music video for the track was released in August 2018 featuring Eilish covered in spiders as she sings the song.[18] Eilish cited a woman called "Diana" as an inspiration for the video, saying of her: "She showed me how she puts the spider in her mouth, and then I did it. Spiders on my face and hair...I loved it."[19]

Official video[edit]

In March 2019, Eilish released the official music video for the track, directed and animated by Takashi Murakami, with whom she had previously collaborated for the cover of Garage Magazine, on Apple Music, before posting it to YouTube the following month.[20][21] Murakami stated in a press release that the anime-style video, which was animated using motion capture technology, took eight months for him to create.[22][23] The video opens with an animated version of Eilish, dressed in a neon-green shirt and shorts, eventually morphing into a spider-like monster that wreaks havoc on a miniature city.[24][25] The video features the "Blohsh", Eilish's signature logo, as well as Murakami's flowers.[26]

Usage in media[edit]

"You Should See Me in a Crown" was used in a promotional ad for the boxing match between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.[27] It also features on FIFA 19.[28] It was later featured in the fifth episode of the American series Euphoria as well as in Season 3 of Queen of the South. It also appears in the sixth episode of season one of the Amazon Prime series Hanna.. It was also featured in the seventh episode of the second season of the Marvel/Hulu Original Runaways


Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[29]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018–19) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[30] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[31] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[32] 27
Canada Rock (Billboard)[33] 38
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[34] 21
Germany (Official German Charts)[35] 79
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[36] 21
Ireland (IRMA)[37] 68
Italy (FIMI)[38] 92
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[39] 59
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[40] 3
Portugal (AFP)[41] 42
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[42] 68
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[43] 14
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[44] 85
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[45] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[46] 60
US Billboard Hot 100[47] 41
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[48] 7

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[50] 2× Platinum 160,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[51] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Silver 200,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

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