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Billie Eilish’s Glastonbury line-up slot upgraded due to her popularity


Glastonbury Festival has been first to give Billie Eilish a boost in their line-up slot due to her rise in popularity, it has been confirmed.

Eilish, who has just released her debut album and produced a high profile performance at Coachella Festival, was originally due to play the John Peel stage at Worthy Farm this summer.

However, in anticipation of a huge crowd, Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis has confirmed plans to bump Eilish up to The Other Stage in what is a somewhat unprecedented move so close to the event.

“We’re currently moving her – she’s on John Peel at the moment but she’s much too big, really, for the slot,” Eavis told BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley.

“It’s happened so quickly for Billie Eilish. It’s been such an amazing year. It really is going to be her summer.

“We are trying to give her a bigger stage where we can get a larger audience in there. So we are going to move her on to The Other Stage and we are just working out exactly where that’s going to be.”

The success just keeps coming for Eilish, who, after releasing her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, has smashed vinyl record sales upon its release.

Eilish’s debut record, which went straight in at number one on the Billboard 200, has sold an impressive 15,000 copies on vinyl LP, so far which marks the largest sales week of 2019 for a vinyl album, according to data published by Billboard. 

Only Panic! at the Disco has outsold Eilish when their album, Pray for the Wicked, scooped 26,000 sales on the July 7, 2018. Billboard explains that “in total, since Nielsen began electronically tracking music sale purchases in 1991, When We All Fall Asleep is just the second album by a woman to sell at least 15,000 vinyl LPs in a week.”

Eilish’s album has enjoyed the second-largest week for an album this year in terms of commercial success. Furthermore, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, has had the third-largest streaming week of all time for an album by a woman.

In its review of the album, Far Out said that “Eilish’s album was promised as an undefinable and undeniable triumph of youthful energy and creativity.” However, the review struggled to scored three starts out of five and continued: “While in parts this rings true, for the most, the album falls a little short of the meteoric highs we promised ourselves and instead shows a pop princess still finding her kingdom.” 

The review adds: “At points aggressive and agitating and at others lulling and simplistic, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? falls short of the dream scene we were hoping for.” 

Read the full review, here.