Billie Eilish is Head-Over-Heels for Nancy Ajram

28 May 2020
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“The way that Arabic music sounds is like melted chocolate in my ears”

Billie Eilish – better known as pop’s youngest, most wildly original star – has been handling life under Coronavirus like a bunch of others: by starting a podcast Me and Dad Radio, which, as you can totally decipher, features her and her father sharing music they love.

So far, so normal. But, with episode two – titled “Unusual” – Billie revealed her fandom for another pop icon (albeit from another era): Nancy Ajram. She blasted out “Enta Eih” to her legion of listeners, saying that it’s a go-to mood lifter for her.

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“To start-off the episode – because I’m in this mood currently, and because I’m a little bit pissed off at the world, and at everything right now – I’m going to cheer myself up by playing a very special song to me, that’s in Arabic. This is Nancy Ajram, who I loooooove. I love Nancy Ajram.”

Eilish, alongside her brother and producer, Finneas, has been credited with bringing pop music something it rarely receives: true, undiluted newness. Her debut record, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? earned her a clean sweep of the 2020 Grammys’ four main categories: album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, and best new artist. It’s a huge leap from Ajram’s iconic, hyper-produced hits to Eilish’s bleeding-edge take on pop, but maybe connecting disparate dots is all part of the 18-year-old’s magic. That, and paying closer attention to memes than most.

“It was like a joke in the background of the meme,” she said later in the podcast. “It was supposed to be stupid but I was like, ‘Listen, that’s hard.’ So I looked it up, and I started loving it. From then on, I listened to all of Nancy Ajram’s stuff.”

They finished the segment with a statement that will warm hearts across the Middle East and beyond.

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“The way that Arabic music sounds is like melted chocolate in my ears.”

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(H/T: mille