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Billie Eilish announces details of BBC TV special ‘Up Close’ as she prepares to release new album

Billie Eilish announces details of BBC TV special Up Close and reveals she is set to make her Live Lounge debut as she prepares to release new album Happier Than Ever

  • Billie’s hotly-anticipated second studio album Happier Than Ever goes on general release on Friday 
  • The singer’s upcoming BBC TV special, Billie Eilish: Up Close, will air on Saturday on BBC One at 10.30pm 
  • Billie’s debut BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session will be available on BBC iplayer from 11.15p on Saturday
  • Fans will also be able to hear the Bad Guy hitmaker perform an ‘incredible cover’ on BBC Radio 1 on August 5 at 12pm

She’s only 19-years-old but is already an international music icon.

And now, Billie Eilish has announced details of her upcoming BBC TV special, Billie Eilish: Up Close, which will air on Saturday on BBC One at 10.30pm, the day after the release of her hotly-anticipated second studio album Happier Than Ever.

It has also been confirmed that the pop sensation will make her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge debut the same evening.

This weekend! Billie Eilish, 19, has announced details of her upcoming BBC TV special, Billie Eilish: Up Close, which will air on Saturday on BBC One at 10.30pm (Pictured in 2020)

The one-off 45-minute television progamme will see BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo interview Billie about her meteoric rise to superstardom and being a role model.

A press release read: ‘In this 45-minute entertainment special filmed in Billie’s home town of Los Angeles, BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo will talk to Billie about her latest album Happier Than Ever.

The singer will also discuss ‘her extraordinary rise to fame,’ and will ‘look back at her remarkable success, the effect it has had on her life and her role as an inspiration for young people all over the world.’

What’s more, Billie’s debut BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session will air on Saturday from 11.15pm on BBC iPlayer.

The details: The one-off 45-minute special will see BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo interview Billie about her meteoric rise to superstardom and being a role model (Pictured in 2020)

The details: The one-off 45-minute special will see BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo interview Billie about her meteoric rise to superstardom and being a role model (Pictured in 2020)

It's all happening! It has also been confirmed that the pop sensation will make her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge debut the same evening, at 11.15pm on BBC iPlayer (New album cover pictured)

It’s all happening! It has also been confirmed that the pop sensation will make her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge debut the same evening, at 11.15pm on BBC iPlayer (New album cover pictured)

Fans will also be able to hear the singer perform an ‘incredible cover’ on BBC Radio 1 on August 5 at 12pm.

It was revealed weeks ago that the NDA singer had been working on something special with the broadcasting giant, and it’s now clear that fans are in for a treat. 

It was the co-president of Billie’s label Polydor, Tom March, who revealed to Music Week magazine that the Bad Guy hitmaker had something in the pipeline with the BBC.

The likes of Adele, Ariana Grande and Harry Styles have previously landed their own At The BBC TV specials in the past. 

Exciting: Fans will also be able to hear the singer perform an 'incredible cover' on BBC Radio 1 on August 5 at 12pm

Exciting: Fans will also be able to hear the singer perform an ‘incredible cover’ on BBC Radio 1 on August 5 at 12pm

Meanwhile, Billie has also just announced she is premiering her cinematic concert experience exclusively on Disney Plus.

Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles will hit the streaming service on September 3.

The concert experience will feature an intimate performance of every song on the album’s sequential order – for the first and only time – from the stage of the legendary Hollywood Bowl.

In a statement, Billie said: ‘Disney is incredibly iconic, so to collaborate on something like this is a huge honour. 

‘To be able to present my album in this way and dedicate it to the city that I love and grew up in is so exciting to me. I hope you love it.’

Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles is directed by Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Osborne, and will also include animated elements, taking viewers on a dreamlike journey through Billie’s hometown of Los Angeles and its most iconic backdrops.

The show will feature Billie’s brother Finneas, as well as the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, and world-renowned Brazilian guitarist, Romero Lubambo, with Orchestra Arrangements by David Campbell.

Doing it her way: Billie is also set to present her cinematic concert experience Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles exclusively on Disney Plus

Doing it her way: Billie is also set to present her cinematic concert experience Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles exclusively on Disney Plus

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