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)
RecordedFebruary 2018
Genre
Length3:00
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Finneas O'Connell
Billie Eilish singles chronology
"Party Favor"
(2018)
"You Should See Me in a Crown"
(2018)
"When the Party's Over"
(2018)
Music video
"You Should See Me in a Crown" on YouTube
Alternative cover
Picture sleeve for the US 7-inch single, released in October 2018
Picture sleeve for the US 7-inch single, released in October 2018

"You Should See Me in a Crown" (stylised in all lowercase) is the lead single of American singer Billie Eilish's debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. It was 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.

Background and release[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]

The song was released on a 7-inch vinyl, along with "Bitches Broken Hearts" as the B-side on October 20, 2018, and was sold exclusively during her 1 By 1 Tour.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

The song is a trap-influenced electropop and industrial song featuring Eilish singing over "blaring synths and rapid-fire hi-hats."[5][6][7][8] The chorus utilizes a "thumping bass (that) slithers menacingly."[9] Additionally, the opening incorporates a recording of Eilish's father sharpening knives.[4]

Critics have described Eilish's vocals as "whispered" and "mumbled".[5][10] Lyrically, the song features Eilish plotting for world dominance.[5][10]

Release and promotion[edit]

The track was premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on July 18, 2018.[11] 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?"[12] 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.[13][14] The Ringer deemed the performance the ninth most awkward on the show in 2018.[15] The song was used as the official theme song for the professional wrestling pay-per-view event NXT TakeOver: New York.[16]

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."[10] 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."[17]

Billboard named the single the 50th best song of 2018,[18] and PopMatters gave it the same ranking.[19]

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.[20] 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."[21] The vertical video was later released as a full-screen video, albeit with the same recording and audio.

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.[22][23] 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.[24][25] The video opens with an animated version of Eilish, dressed in a neon-green shirt and shorts. This modified Eilish tries on a black spider hoodie and eventually morphs into a spider-like monster that wreaks havoc on a miniature city.[26][27] The video features the first appearance of the "Blohsh," Eilish's signature logo, as well as Murakami's flowers.[28]

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.[29] It also features on FIFA 19.[30] 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 featured in the seventh episode of the second season of the Marvel/Hulu series Runaways. It was also one of the official theme songs for NXT TakeOver: New York. It was also played at the end of the first episode of Emergence as well as at the end of the ninth episode of Netflix's “Locke & Key.”[31] The song was also used in contortionist Marina Mazepa's quarterfinal performance on America's Got Talent in 2019. In This Moment singer Maria Brink performed a cover of this song.[32]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal and the 7-inch vinyl liner notes.[33][34]

  • Billie Eilish – vocals, songwriter
  • Finneas O'Connell – producer, songwriter, engineer, bass, synthesizers, drum programming, arrangement, vocal sampling, knife sharpening recording
  • Casey Cuayo – assistant mixer, studio personnel
  • Rob Kinelski – mixer, studio personnel
  • John Greenham – mastering engineer, studio personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018–19) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[35] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[36] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[37] 27
Canada Rock (Billboard)[38] 38
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[39] 21
Estonia (Eesti Ekspress)[40] 10
Germany (Official German Charts)[41] 79
Greece (IFPI)[42] 17
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[43] 21
Ireland (IRMA)[44] 68
Italy (FIMI)[45] 92
Latvia (LAIPA)[46] 8
Lithuania (AGATA)[47] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[48] 59
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[49] 3
Portugal (AFP)[50] 42
Scotland (OCC)[51] 68
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[52] 14
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[53] 85
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[54] 43
UK Singles (OCC)[55] 60
US Billboard Hot 100[56] 41
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[57] 7
US Pop Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[58] 17
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[59] 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Position
US Alternative Digital Songs[60] 23
Chart (2019) Position
Portugal (AFP)[61] 187
US Alternative Songs[62] 45

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[63] Platinum 70,000double-dagger
Austria (IFPI Austria)[64] Gold 15,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[65] 2× Platinum 160,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[66] Gold 45,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[67] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[68] 2× Platinum 120,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[69] 2× Platinum 40,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[70] Gold 5,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[71] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[72] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various July 18, 2018
[73]
United States August 28, 2018 Alternative radio [74]
Italy September 7, 2018 [75]
United States 2018 7-inch vinyl
  • Darkroom
  • Interscope
[34]

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