Olivia Rodrigo, Ben Platt, Eric Andre, Jaden and Willow Smith, Khalid, Will.i.am and Dove Cameron were among those present to support Eilish in the 1950s estate in Beverly Hills, which featured a three-level patio overlooking on a cerulean pool surrounded by fountains in the shape of a dolphin. All guests had to take a quick COVID-19 test at the Beverly Hilton Hotel before receiving a card with the domain address.
The night had an air of Gatsby, as staff wearing pink and blue rompers greeted guests at every turn, some even holding blue and white striped napkins embroidered with the album name. The estate was equipped with several different facilities that allowed guests to experience the album in different ways – Billie Mode was a retro bedroom with pink velvet sofas and classic televisions showing images of Eilish; Lyric mode centered around the extravagant pool, around which the lyrics to the songs “Halley’s Comet”, “Everybody Dies” and “Male Fantasy” were scattered; and Fan Mode allowed guests to write notes to Eilish in a lush garden.
The installations were a nod to Spotify’s very first artist-run center, titled “Happier: The Destination”. Thanks to the platform, fans can now replicate the launch party experience by accessing exclusive content in three forms: Billie Mode, Lyric Mode and Fan Mode. Each mode includes exclusive interviews with Eilish, as she takes fans through her journey to make “Happier Than Ever.”
Other notable touches to the party include an all-blue painted palm tree, a classic white Thunderbird, a koi pond that guests crossed using red bridges, and an Impossible food truck with Eilish’s face on it. the side. But of course, the real star of the night was Eilish herself, who wore a red corset top under a black button and leather pants with countless tassels. Throughout the night, Eilish remained close to her alleged boyfriend, Matthew Tyler Vorce, a few friends and her brother and collaborator, Finneas, who was accompanied by his girlfriend, actress and influencer Claudia Sulewski.
As the clock struck nine, or midnight on the East Coast, time for the album’s official release, Eilish walked from the backyard pool level to the second balcony to celebrate the arrival of ‘Happier Than Ever’ – and to celebrate Finneas, whose birthday falls on July 30th. “This album is my favorite thing I have ever made,” said Eilish to applause from the crowd. “It was such a cathartic, liberating, satisfying and fulfilling process. Finneas, wherever you are here, thank you for being my brother and my best friend in the world, I love you so much and I am so happy.
After the crowd embarked on an impromptu rendition of the “Happy Birthday Song” in honor of Finneas, the entire “Happier Than Ever” was played over the estate’s speakers. The collection is much more subdued than Eilish’s beginnings, but reflects a new maturity that shows that Eilish really comes into its own as an artist. Like Variety‘s Chris Willman wrote in his review: “His second full length album hits a sweet spot where mixed emotions and sometimes conflicting feelings about love and fame seem to spill out in real time. “
Maybe because it seemed so inviting (and what else were they going to do with those towels?), The night ended with Eilish and three friends jumping into the property’s pool, all dressed up. You couldn’t help but smile seeing Eilish, who seems to take herself a lot more seriously than most 19-year-olds, swim and splash around while singing her own songs. As her childish laugh continued throughout the party, Eilish looked truly happier than ever.