Every so often new artists appear on the scene who reinvent what their generation is listening to and give them a gift that will mark that stage of their lives.

For someone who grew up on the taffy pop of perfect-looking, skinny blonde performers or groups of teenage boys with synchronized choreography, these past few years have been a delight, as that much-loved (and repeatedly downplayed) genre has managed to be recognized at the top of the music industry thanks to performers who move away from the mold and the magic formula of pop songs from the beginning of the millennium to make their way with their own creations.

Among those already immortalized with several Grammys are Dua Lipa and her historic album Future Nostalgia and Billie Eilish, who completely broke the traditional methods of the industry by recording her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? in the room of her house in Los Angeles, California (United States), together with her brother, the also musician and producer Finneas.

Today, although with a more traditional appearance than the one with green hair with which he became known to the whole world, neither his facial expression when posing for photos nor his disruptive style have changed, because on his new album Happier Than Ever he continues doing things his own way, including teaming up with renowned Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel for a special performance in which his voice will be accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Children’s Choir.

The show that can be seen next Friday, September 3 on Disney Plus has been described by Eilish as a love letter to Los Angeles, a city that she considers influenced her art. “Disney is incredibly iconic, so to be collaborating on something like this is a great honor,” she said in a statement. “To be able to present my album in this way and dedicate it to the city that I love and grew up in is very exciting for me. I hope you love it.”Gustavo Dudamel received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019.

The concert was recorded on the famous Hollywood Bowl stage in Los Angeles under the direction of filmmakers Robert Rodríguez (Alita: Battle Angel) and fellow animator and screenwriter Patrick Osborne.

Will it be as iconic a moment as the duo of Freddie Mercury and Monstserrat Caballé and their interpretation of Barcelona? Perhaps it is one of the musical gifts that this generation of 2021 needs.

Music extravagance

But don’t think that Billie will be the only one who will attract attention on stage because her companion, the Venezuelan director Gustavo Dudamel, has also given so much to talk about that he even inspired the television series Mozart in the Jungle (starring Gael García Bernal). and is considered today a classical music superstar while maintaining a pop celebrity image.

Coveted by the best orchestras in the world, Dudamel received an offer this year to direct the Paris Opera for the next six years, although without dissociating himself from the Los Angeles Philharmonic with which he maintains a contract until 2025-2026.

Billie was also Dudamel’s special guest at the Hollywood Bowl reopening concert in May of this year, after the cessation of performances for fourteen months due to the pandemic.“Welcome back” were Dudamel’s first words as he took the stage along with a smaller group of musicians seated at a distance and wearing their masks. “For us, it’s like a resurrection,” he told his audience that night. Thanking health workers over and over again, he added: “Health is everything.”

New aesthetic

Although her fans expect to hear Eilish’s well-known hits (Bad guy, All the good girls go to hell), perhaps even in new versions, the concert is part of the promotion for her latest album, Happier Than Ever, which although it maintains its vocal style (described by his brother as a warm mix between a whisper and a murmur), does differ from his predecessor.

Part of that evolution and new musical risk was to include a theme inspired by the bossa nova genre. Also as a thank you to his followers in Brazil, a country that he claims holds a special place in his heart.

“I felt like I did the best I could have done with a second album: I didn’t stay doing exactly the same thing, but I didn’t move on to something else either, I grew up. I thought that was really cool,” she said in an interview with NPR.

In addition, he took the opportunity to clear up doubts about his appearance and the reasons for his recent change that brought him millions of ‘Likes’ on Instagram when he uploaded his new look.“With the aesthetics and times of a musician or an artist, everything is for the eyes only. It’s really not real,” she stressed. “In terms of promoting the album, and the photo shoots, everything has a certain style, but it doesn’t change you. It’s just a choice for something you wanted to achieve visually. I did the same thing for my first album: I chose to have a look, an aesthetic and a style for that album, I wanted it to be a bit creepy, more like horror and dark and on the subject of monsters under your bed. But for this one, I wanted the theme of old Hollywood, beautiful and always classy,” she said of his new platinum blonde mane.

Another great success for Billie in 2021 was the song Lo vas a olvidar, which he recorded together with Rosalía for the HBO series Euphoria. In addition, she will soon debut with the song No Time to Die, the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film of the same name.