Photo courtesy of High Rise PR.

Billie Eilish's Takashi Murakami-Directed Music Video Just Dropped

The animated video for "you should see me in a crown" makes its debut today.

by Emma Specter
Mar 15 2019, 4:14pm

Photo courtesy of High Rise PR.

A genuine friendship between a Los Angeles-born teen pop star and a 57-year-old Japanese contemporary artist might sound unorthodox, but Billie Eilish and Takashi Murakami make it work. They collaborated on GARAGE's Issue 16 cover, and now their working relationship has added yet another dimension, with Murakami directing Eilish's new video for "you should see me in a crown."

The animated video took "8 months from start to finish," says Murakami, adding, "I sprinted throughout the production process with my animation team striving to realize Billie’s vision in an unprecedented way." Murakami's signature rainbow-hued smiling flowers are visible in the video, as well as an otherworldly version of Eilish who presides over a mini-city before...turning into a spider? (It's worth checking out for yourself.)

Murakami and Eilish's trippy collaboration comes soon after the release of Solange's video for her new album, which features a lengthy animated sequence by Jacolby Satterwhite; it seems like more and more music videos are taking their cues from The Dire Straits' 1985 Money For Nothing video, thought to be one of the first instances of computer animation on MTV.

Check out a teaser below, and watch the full video on Apple Music.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to include the full video.

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