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Billie Eilish kicks it back to the ’70s for acoustic “Male Fantasy” live performance

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Billie Eilish performed a raw, yet elegant rendition of her song “Male Fantasy” in a new VEVO Live video.

This marks the first time Eilish, 19, has performed the emotional closing single off her new album Happier Than Ever, which arrived last week.  Assisted by her brother FINNEAS on guitar, Eilish delivered the somber rendition of the track while sitting at the edge of a bed.

The footage of the live performance was grainy, reportedly shot using 35mm film, which matched the retro ’70s era hotel room setup — from the velvet drapes to the winged white lamp — which accessorized the lovelorn video.

“Male Fantasy” is an intimate song that explores one of Eilish’s devastating heartbreaks and how she mourns what the relationship could have become while pretending she’s okay with being single.

It includes the turbulent lyrics, “But I loved you then, and I love you now/ And I don’t know how/ Guess it’s hard to know when nobody else comes around/ If I’m getting over you/ Or just pretending to/ Be alright, convince myself I hate you.”

JP Evangelista, VEVO’s SVP of Content, Programming & Marketing, said in a statement regarding the latest video, “Billie is always so involved in the vision of her music videos, and her detailed input is a huge part of what makes these performances special.”

This is the second VEVO Live the Grammy winner has created.  She shared an intimate performance of “Your Power” last month on the service. 

Eilish is reportedly planning two more, but has yet to reveal their release dates.

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