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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.


    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."
    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."

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  2. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
    yeah, be nice if the pre-add process worked and didnt still show as unavailable after the album had been released.
  3. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    Which would be serious money back in the pre-order album days rather than today's $0.00001 per stream.
  4. Sethal macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2014
    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.
  5. RowellE macrumors regular


    Mar 5, 2012
    Good for her! Never heard of her or her music until the Apple commercial. Love her voice and can’t wair for the album to drop. Two of the few songs she’s pre-released so far are really good!
  6. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    as if anyone would expect him to say differently (then lose his job)
  7. macfacts macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2012
    Didn't U2 have even their albulm preloaded on all iphones
  8. Mr_Brightside_@, Mar 22, 2019
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    Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
  9. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    It happened. I am officially old. Who is she? A YouTuber?
  10. Saipher macrumors demi-god


    Oct 25, 2014
    Who?! Never heard of her. Man, I must be getting old. . .
  11. 19SK91 macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2014
    So many edgy people in the comments. Well it‘s the MacRumors forums after all so why am I surprised.
  12. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    I haven't heard much of her, but I really like "you should see me in a crown". It's got this raw, dark energy to it.
  13. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    I hadn't heard of her until she appeared on First We Feast's Hot Ones last week.

  14. 19SK91 macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2014
    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.
  15. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    How come I've never heard of this person?
  16. TheralSadurns macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2010
    Well... given that she is born AFTER 9/11... and is already in the B.
    I'd say... yes... we ARE old.

  17. Kyle4 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010
    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!
  18. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    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.
  19. iRutherford macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2018
    Columbus, OH
    This "artist" is always so try-hard.
  20. 19SK91 macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2014
    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.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 22, 2019 ---
    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.
  21. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    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.
  22. Suttree macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2018
    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.
  23. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Are you the creepy old guy who lives in the basement apartment below me?
  24. Dephtones macrumors member


    Sep 16, 2015
    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.
  25. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

    Jul 15, 2006
    People can like whatever they want without your commentary. I have a bachelor's degree in classical vocal performance and audio production, and I'm a club DJ. All music has its place.

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