New Billie Eilish album 'Hit Me Hard and Soft': All we know so far

The album will be Eilish's first full-length record since 2022.
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What a great spring this is going to be for pop music fans. Not only are people going to get a new Taylor Swift album, The Tortured Poets Department, on April 19, but Billie Eilish has also announced that she will be releasing a new album. In neither case will there be singles released well before the record's release, but that only makes the anticipation of new sounds more enticing.

Eilish has not put out a new full-length album since 2021's Happier Than Ever. The record featured singles "Therefore I Am" and "My Future." But Eilish has released other music since that LP. She produced an EP, Guitar Songs, in 2022. Of course, in 2023, she recorded "What Was I Made For?" as part of the Barbie soundtrack and the song went on to win Song of the Year at the Grammys and Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

Eilish has lifted a lot of hardware in terms of trophies in her short career. She has won nine Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, two Golden Globes, and two Academy Awards. Whatever she is doing she is doing correctly and it not only gets listened to by the general public but also gets positive reviews from most music critics.

Billie Eilish's new album: What you need to know so far

So when can you expect to hear her new album, Hit Me Hard and Soft? According to the pop star's social media post, the new record will be released on May 17. There will be no singles released before the full record is put out to the public as Eilish prefers to give the record to us "all at once."

The album artwork can be seen on the post above and features Eilish sinking into a vast amount of water with a white door opening (or closing) above her. The image is startling and artistic. Or basically, everything you would want from Billie Eilish.

The record will be released on various vinyl formats but each vinyl will be made of recycled material. Eilish recently spoke about musical artists putting out lots of different editions of vinyl albums for a single release but not doing so in an environmentally friendly way. Some might have thought this was directed at Taylor Swift, but Eilish has since clarified that she was not speaking about any specific artist.

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