Billie Eilish Praises Lana Del Rey's 'Born to Die' Album and Says It 'Changed Music' — Especially for Girls

On a new episode of Dua Lipa's 'At Your Service' podcast, Eilish also opened up about her upcoming third album: "It'll happen eventually"

Lana Del Rey ushered in a new type of alternative pop stardom with her 2012 debut album Born to Die — and Billie Eilish was paying attention.

In a recent episode of the At Your Service podcast, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter spoke to Dua Lipa about five albums that formed her music taste and listed Born to Die first, explaining that she feels the album "changed music."

"Born to Die by my girl Lana. I feel that that album changed music — and especially changed music for girls and the potential of what is possible," said Eilish, before naming Justin Bieber's Believe and Journals, Childish Gambino's Because the Internet and The Neighbourhood's Wiped Out! (She previously dated the band's frontman Jesse Rutherford from October 2022 through May 2023.)

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Unlike many other musicians in the pop space, Del Rey, 38, has been long known to publicly speak her mind — no matter the topic — and she's influenced many other musicians to do the same. Elsewhere in the At Your Service interview, Eilish reflected on feeling unabashed as a teenager and missing that quality about herself.

“Gosh, honestly I have to say, when I think back to those first moments of that, I really have to be so appreciative of my 16-year-old, 15-year-old, 17-year-old self, ‘cause I just couldn’t have given less of a f--- about anything," she told Lipa.

Eilish continued, "Part of me is like, ‘Damn, was I disrespectful as s--- for years?’ And then I’m like, ‘No, I’m really glad I was like that,’ because it made me so fearless, and nothing was a big deal to me, but also everything was exciting at the same time.”

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<p>Cindy Ord/MG23/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue</p> Billie Eilish in May 2023

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Billie Eilish in May 2023

"I would just say that nerves never held me back, and I miss that version of me," she added. "When my debut album [When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?] came out in 2019, I guess, that period of me was just — oh my God, I just didn’t give a s---. And thank God, ‘cause I wouldn’t have done all the stuff that I did. I was fearless."

She also opened up about her musical process has changed since achieving massive success with songs like "Bad Guy," "Therefore I Am" and "Happier Than Ever."

“Honestly, everything is different about it. I’ve been trying to compare recently, just because I’m getting used to doing it in a different way. And trying to be like, ‘It’s OK to do that. I’m OK. I’m still able to do that, I’m capable still,’” explained the Grammy winner.

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<p>Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic</p> Finneas and Billie Eilish


Finneas and Billie Eilish

It's been over two years since Eilish's sophomore album Happier Than Ever was released, and she opened up to Lipa about creating her next project with brother Finneas O'Connell.

“We’ve been working now, making whatever we’ve been making, for the last half a year, I guess, and throughout I’ve just been like, ‘Dude, I don’t know what I’m doing. I, like, don’t know what I’m doing,’ and I feel like more recently I’ve gotten a little bit more like, ‘Oh, OK. It’s just changed, and I’m just figuring that out and trying to reel that in,'” said Eilish.

She also admitted that she's unsure when the new music will come out. “We’ll see, man. I don’t even know. I feel like Finneas and I are just — hate to say it — but only starting to hit our stride for this next album," she said. "But I’m feeling good about it. I’m not worried, really."

<p>Joseph Okpako/WireImage</p> Billie Eilish in August 2023

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Billie Eilish in August 2023

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Eilish added, "I think there was a bit of time a couple months ago where I was like, ‘Oh God. What am I doing?’ And now I feel pretty comfortable and confident and excited."

Her fans shouldn't worry, however — a new album is coming at some point: “When there’s music, there’s music, and I don’t know when the hell that’ll be, but it’ll happen eventually. It’s there, it just has to happen.”

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