Lovely can be best described as a soulful track. On top of that, the vocals of both Billie Eilish and Khalid are just surreal. The song takes you to another realm. This collaboration of Billie and Khalid was bound to be a hit. Billie was just 16 years old when she made this masterpiece by featuring Khalid. It was produced by her brother Finneas. It was released first on Polydor Records on 19 April 2018. After that, the song made its way to YouTube on 26 April 2018. Now, the song stands with over 1.4 billion views on the platform.
The song was a surprise to the world and diehard fans of the two stars. It was released without any kind of warning. As soon as it was released, Billie Eilish tweeted, “Lovely with @ThegreatKhalid.” Then the world came to know that a masterpiece has been introduced.
The song went on to achieve great commercial and critical success. Let us talk about that.
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The Song Review
Lovely – the Commercial Performance
The song was destined to become a hit as soon as it dropped, surprisingly. It did a reasonably good job on music charts. Lovely grabbed the number two spot on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 song chart. However, you need to know that this song was a slow climber in terms of success.
Its commercial success was gradual but steady. With this song, Billie Eilish broke the record for the Most Simultaneous Hot 100 entries for a female artist. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart twice, first at 64 and then at 85. On the other hand, the song debuted at no. 47 at the UK Singles Music Chart. It became Billie Eilish’s first-ever entry to the UK Singles Music Chart. The song also received the double Platinum certification by the RIAA.
Now, let us talk about its critical performance.
The Critical Performance
Lovely received favorably positive reviews from the critics. Music critics at the Clash referred to the song as “internet shattering single” and a “Bold, defiant gesture.” Jon at the Rolling Stones called this song a “smoldering ballad.” On the other hand, David at the Evening Standard called the powerful vocals of Billie Eilish and Khalid as a “Grandiose Duet.” The music critics at the Complex Magazine called the song an “Intensely Dramatic Offering.” Plus, they described the vocals of Billie Eilish as “Smoky.” They wrote about that acting of Billie Eilish, “Quicksand, dragging the listener down to the dark place.”
Lastly, critics at Pop Matters wrote about Billie Eilish, “That makes the listener forget that just how young she is.”
Now, let us talk about the music video of this song.
Lovely – the Music Video
The music video is set in a huge glass crystal box. Both Billie Eilish and Khalid are trapped inside the box. They both are wearing black and with loads of silver chains. Billie and Khalid are wandering in the box. Then a single cloud comes and starts to rain. The rain is trapped in the box, and the ice starts to form on the glass. Lastly, the ice melts away, and both of them disappear.
It is a stripped-back ballad based on the chamber pop.