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Rina Sawayama’s Cover of Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ Is a Headbanger’s Delight

Rina Sawayama’s Cover of Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ Is a Headbanger’s Delight

Rina Sawayama stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and shared a striking cover of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever.” 

Sawayama begins her performance on a subdued note that immediately recalled Eilish’s original, with just soft vocals and guitar. But Sawayama quickly amped things up, using the hard-edged, distortion-heavy end of “Happier Than Ever” as a guide as she tore through a full-blown alt-rock take on the tune, belting, “I could talk about every time that you showed up on time/But I’d have an empty line cause you never did/Never paid any mind to my mother or friends, so I/Shut them all out for you cause I was a kid.”

Along with covering “Happier Than Ever,” Sawayama shared a performance of her own song, “Hold the Girl,” during her Live Lounge appearance. “Hold the Girl” appears on Sawayama’s new album of the same name, which dropped earlier this month. 

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Sawayama has a run of shows in the U.K., Scotland, and Ireland scheduled for October, with a North American run that kicks off Nov. 1 in Brooklyn, New York, and wraps Nov. 23 in Los Angeles.