Billie Eilish is now adding a new credit to her name alongside her brother/producer Finneas: the boy band hitmakers. And they nail the case.
The duo wrote the music for 4*Town, a fictional boy band that features in the new Pixar film, become red, which is set in the early 2000s and tells the story of 13-year-old Mei Lee.
“We needed our character Mei to be obsessed with something her mother wouldn’t approve of. Boy groups were the first step into the boy world for a lot of girls that age,” director Domee Shi said. “The guys were all super handsome, polite, sweet and loving, and they had a way of bringing girls and their BFFs together. Also, I thought it would be really cool to create an animated boy band.
That’s where Billie and Finneas came in. They wrote three songs for the film and today we hear the first, titled “Nobody Like U”, which was briefly featured in the film’s first trailer.
It’s both a loving tribute and a cheeky parody of late ’90s and early ’90s bands like *NSync, Backstreet Boys, 5ive, Take That, Westlife, et al. Listen below.
Finneas also lends his voice – both sung and spoken – to ‘Jesse’, one of five members of 4*Town, alongside Jordan Fisher (Robaire), Topher Ngo (Aaron T.), Grayson Villanueva (Tae Young) and Josh Levi (Aaron Z).
turn red was released on March 11 on Disney+, and you can watch a trailer below to understand the central plot point: Mei finds out she’s inherited a secret family transformation that turns her into a red panda giant whenever she gets emotional or overly excited.
Speaking of the big screen, Billie Eilish and Finneas are nominated for Best Song at the 2022 Oscars on March 28 for their James Bond theme “No Time To Die.”
The sister and brother are currently touring the United States in support of a candid and complex second album happier than ever (with a little help from Tkay Maidza), and will bring the album Down Under for shows across the country in September.