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Artist Billie Eilish has achieved a new streaming milestone on Apple Music, breaking the service's all-time record for users "pre-adding" an album to their libraries ahead of its release. According to Apple, Eilish's upcoming album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" has earned more than 800,000 pre-adds on Apple Music ahead of the album's launch on March 29 (via Music Business Worldwide).

By pre-adding an album, subscribers can save it in their Apple Music libraries and listen to any songs that may already be out for it. Then, when the full album is released Apple adds the entire album to their account.

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Although this process can be unreliable on Apple Music, and sometimes the full album isn't added at the time of its release, Apple Music executive Oliver Schusser sees pre-adds as a sort of modern pre-order feature for the streaming era. Schusser said that, "While most services focus the majority of their efforts around playlists, Apple Music still emphasizes albums because we understand their value as a storytelling tool for artists to create context around their music."
"To that end, pre-adds are great early indicators of engagement around an artist and the intention of the fans. To actively pre-add an album, much like the pre-order we invented with iTunes, means that the fan is excited about the content and wants to be among the first to enjoy it the moment its available. That kind of engagement is very valuable to an artist and to us."

He added: "For Billie in particular it's really exciting because she is such a big part of the Apple artist community and someone the whole company has really rallied around. It's amazing to see the positive reaction from our subscribers."
Apple has been a longtime supporter of Eilish, first featuring her as the Up Next artist for September 2017, showcasing her in interviews with Beats 1 Radio hosts, exclusively premiering some of her songs and videos, and partnering with her to host her own Beats 1 show. Apple also worked with Eilish on its holiday commercial "Share Your Gifts" last year, where her single "Come Out and Play" was featured.

Eilish's team also commented on the pre-add numbers, with Interscope vice chairman Steve Berman stating, "These pre-add numbers are incredibly exciting for Billie, and a real validation of everything we - the artist, Darkroom, Apple and Interscope - have worked together on over the last three years. Internally, hearing these [Apple pre-add] results, it makes us all incredibly proud - and it makes us want to work that much harder, because we can see exactly what the opportunity is."

According to Schusser, the criticism that streaming music services have taken the personality out of artists is incorrect, and he points toward Eilish as the prime example: "Apple has always given creators platforms to connect with audiences around the world and the space and freedom to be creative. It goes to the core of who we are as a company."

Article Link: Billie Eilish Breaks Apple Music Record for Most Users Pre-Adding Upcoming Album to Their Libraries
 

Sethal

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I never heard of this Artist until “Bury A Friend” was recommended to me by Apple Music. Good song, but lots of Bass. Turned on the Bass Reducer and it helped a lot. Not really digging her other songs though.
 

now i see it

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According to Schusser, the criticism that streaming music services have taken the personality out of artists is incorrect

as if anyone would expect him to say differently (then lose his job)
 

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I love the concept of pre-adding but it never seems to work for me. For example I added Jenny’s Lewis’ new album about two weeks ago, downloaded the available songs off of it. It came out today and the other songs were listed as unavailable, even though I could see them all by finding the album in new releases. I had to delete it and re-add it, defeating the whole purpose.

Good for Billie Eillish though!
 

earthTOmitchel

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Give Bellyache, Ocean Eyes, When The Party‘s Over (video is great!), Bored and Lovely a listen as well. Those are my favorites but I actually like most of her songs.
I'd add Copycat and You Should See Me In A Crown to that list, but Ocean Eyes is definitely the song I tell people to listen to just to test the waters. It's lovely.
 

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I'd add Copycat and You Should See Me In A Crown to that list, but Ocean Eyes is definitely the song I tell people to listen to just to test the waters. It's lovely.

The original commenter already listed You Should See Me In A Crown but Copycat is nice as well. I can‘t think of a Billie Eilish song that I seriously dislike.
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I love the concept of pre-adding but it never seems to work for me. For example I added Jenny’s Lewis’ new album about two weeks ago, downloaded the available songs off of it. It came out today and the other songs were listed as unavailable, even though I could see them all by finding the album in new releases. I had to delete it and re-add it, defeating the whole purpose.

Good for Billie Eillish though!

I‘ve pre-added Wallows first album that came out today and for the first time the whole album was available without any provlems. Was positively surprised that I didn‘t have to delete and re-add.
 

QCassidy352

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Never heard of her before today. Just went to sample a few of her songs based on recs in this thread, and... yikes. I have pretty broad musical tastes but she’s just... I guess I’ll be nice and say not my cup of tea.
 

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The last real music was Black Sabbath, man. AC/DC. Humble Pie. Cream. ZZ Top. Deep Purple. The stuff in the last 35 years has been trash.
 
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Dephtones

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Didn’t know who this was. Went into iTunes and listened to the sample of a couple songs. Not bad compared to most of the junk that comes out these days. I’ll listen to it when it comes out on Spotify and if it’s an Apple exclusive I’ll find an alternative way to put it on my phone.
 
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