Billie Eilish Says Her Upcoming Album Won’t Have Singles — And Only a Limited Physical Release

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Billie Eilish announces her upcoming third album, Hit Me Hard and Soft, arriving on May 17 — but for this LP, there will be no singles.

The 22-year-old singer made the announcement on her Instagram, stating her intention to “give it to you all at once” by foregoing the release of singles to tease the album ahead of its debut.

“Finneas and I truly could not be more proud of this album, and we absolutely can’t wait for you to hear it,” she said, referring to her brother and producer, with whom she won an Oscar for Best Original Song for her Barbie soundtrack contribution, “What Was I Made For?” — making her the youngest two-time Oscar winner.

Eilish first discussed that a new album was on the way during her appearance on The Cookout in September 2023. “There is a whole album of music coming,” she said. “We’re in the final stages of making it, so that doesn’t mean it’s about to come out, but it is getting there and it’s very exciting.” She also teased the album’s arrival on Instagram last week with a sneak peek of its artwork.

The album, Hit Me Hard and Soft, arrives on May 17. Eilish is staying true to her commitment to “going green” for this release; there will be limited physical copies available same-day, with each featuring the same track listing. Continuing the trend from her previous album, Happier Than Ever, the Hit Me Hard and Soft vinyl will be made from 100% recyclable material.

The “Bad Guy” singer recently made headlines after she called out the wastefulness of the now-common practice of releasing multiple vinyl variants. Though she didn’t mention any artists by name, many fans assumed this was a thinly veiled dig at Taylor Swift, and took to social media to express their ire. To combat this, Eilish posted on Instagram to clarify that she wasn’t referring to any specific artist, that the problem is an industry-wide one.

Taylor Swift recently announced four variants of her upcoming album, The Tortured Poets Department, each of which features a different cover and one unique song, encouraging fans to buy them all. This practice is all too familiar to fans of K-pop, where multiple variant releases have been the norm for years.