AMC Theatres Offering Exclusive Audio Screening of Billie Eilish’s New Album ‘Hit Me Hard And Soft’ Ahead of Retail Release

Following the theatrical success of exclusive concert screenings for Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, AMC Theatres May 16-17 will exclusively debut Billie Eilish’s new album Hit Me Hard And Soft in Dolby-equipped theaters. The listening event, which will include visual content on the big screen, is presented by Apple Music.

Speaking on the company’s May 8 fiscal call, AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron said the country’s largest theatrical operator is in discussions with numerous musical artists, who Aron says “routinely fill arenas and stadiums the world over.”

“This is just the beginning of the innovative programming that will be coming to our theaters from our new distribution arm, AMC Theaters Distribution,” Aron said on the call.

This summer AMC screens will exclusively offer the opening ceremony and select events of the Paris Summer Olympics at more than 160 screens.

“We expect going forward that some of our activity in this sphere will be exclusively held at AMC locations only, and that other activity cooperatively will be shared across our entire industry,” Aron said.

Indeed, AMC’s exclusive screening of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie generated $261.6 million in worldwide ticket sales, including $180 million across North American screens. Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé saw almost $44 million in ticket sales, including $33.9 million in North America.

The move toward showcasing music artists across its theatrical screens comes as first-quarter (ended March 31) box office revenue industrywide declined 6% from the previous-year period.

The chain is also upping retail access to its branded “AMC’s Perfectly Popcorn” to more than 6,500 distribution points nationwide, which include 2,600 Walmart stores,, Kroger, Publix and Amazon.

“Sales have been brisk, and more and more retailers have decided to carry our branded popcorn for the home,” Aron said.

Billie Eilish to Appear in ‘Simpsons’ Short on Disney+

Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish will appear alongside “The Simpsons” family in the upcoming short titled “When Billie Met Lisa.” The short, also featuring singer-songwriter Finneas, will premiere April 22 exclusively on Disney+.

In “When Billie Met Lisa,” Lisa Simpson is discovered by chart-topping artists Billie Eilish and Finneas while searching for a quiet place to practice her saxophone. Eilish invites Lisa to her studio for a special jam session.

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This upcoming release from “The Simpsons” is the fourth in a collection of shorts created exclusively for Disney+. The previously released “Star Wars” and Marvel-themed shorts “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens from Its Nap’” and “The Good, The Bart, and The Loki” are currently available on Disney+. The most recent short “The Simpsons in Plusaversary” was released on November 12, 2021, in celebration of Disney+ Day.

Doc ‘The Choir and Conductor’ Due for Digital Purchase and VOD April 12 From Virgil

The documentary The Choir and Conductor will be released for digital purchase and VOD April 12 from Virgil Films.

Musician Billie Eilish, who has a brief appearance in the film as an alumna of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, learned to sing starting at age 8 when she, like thousands of choristers, was electrified by its charismatic conductor Anne Tomlinson, who uses the power of choral singing to profoundly shape and impact the lives of hundreds of children.  In addition to Eilish, composers  such as John Williams, Gustavo Dudamel, John Mayer, Peter Sellars, and others have performed with the choir known as the LACC.  

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The film, which chronicles the story of the LACC, is a celebration of music and the arts. According to a report issued by Chorus America “more than 1 in 5 households have at least one singing family member, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children.”


Billie Eilish Concert Film to Premiere Exclusively on Disney+ Sept. 3

The Billie Eilish concert film Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles will premiere globally Sept. 3 on Disney+.

Off the heels of her new album Happier than Ever, the Disney+ original will feature a performance of every song  in the album’s sequential order — for the first and only time — from the stage of the Hollywood Bowl. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and by Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne, the special will also include animated elements, taking viewers on a dreamlike journey through Billie’s hometown of Los Angeles and its most iconic backdrops. Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles features Finneas, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, and world renowned Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, with orchestra arrangements by David Campbell.

“Disney is incredibly iconic, so to collaborate on something like this is a huge honor,” Eilish said in a statement. “To be able to present my album in this way and dedicate it to the city that I love and grew up in is so exciting to me. I hope you love it.”

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“We are all huge admirers of Billie and Finneas here in our household. They are such impressive, world class talents that it’s a real honor to work with them on this film,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “The way the narrative story and animated pieces weave through her incredible concert performance, makes this a spectacular event that is truly unique.”

“Billie has captivated fans around the world with her soulful voice and raw, honest lyrics, and we are proud to bring this incredibly cinematic and unique concert experience to Disney+,” Michael Paull, president, Disney+ and ESPN+, said in a statement.

Amazon Announces ‘The Prime Day Show’ Featuring Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Kid Cudi in a Three-Part Musical Event

To jumpstart the upcoming Prime Day e-commerce event, Amazon June 3 announced that multi-award-winning music artists Billie Eilish, H.E.R., and Kid Cudi will star in the “Prime Day Show,” a three-part immersive musical event presented by Amazon Music. All three episodes will premiere globally starting June 17 on Prime Video, and will be available to all customers for 30 days, with or without a Prime membership.

“Working with Billie Eilish, H.E.R. and Kid Cudi to bring their music to life through these imaginative experiences has been incredible,” Ryan Redington, VP of music industry at Amazon Music, said in a statement. “Watching these artists create three shows from the depths of their imagination has been unlike anything we’ve ever done before.”

Prime Day Show viewers will be treated to three unique experiences that fuse performance and storytelling, transporting fans to worlds inspired by Paris, The Dunbar Hotel, and outer space.

Eilish brings a timeless, Parisian neighborhood to life with a series of cinematic performances. Set in the city known as the birthplace of cinema, the 27-minute set was directed by the seven-time Grammy winner and Sam Wrench, and features new music from her upcoming album, Happier Than Ever.

Once known as the hub of Los Angeles Black culture in the 1930s and ’40s, the Dunbar Hotel hosted some of the most prominent figures of its time, including musicians Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Billie Holiday. In a modern day 25-minute tribute to this important piece of history and culture, H.E.R. imagines what The Dunbar Hotel would be like if it existed in 2021 featuring new music from her album, Back Of My Mind.

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Finally, Kid Cudi departs Earth to establish a new community on the moon in this 25-minute inter-cosmic performance. Featuring music from his album Man on the Moon III, Cudi collaborates with the International Space Orchestra, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, and the International Space University as his backing band, in a musical collision defying sight, sound, and space.

“These iconic artists have not only broken new ground in music, but are inspired storytellers, culture creators, and visionaries,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We’re thrilled to partner with Billie, H.E.R. and Cudi to bring these authentic and deeply personal specials to fans around the world as we celebrate Prime Day.”

Beginning today, Amazon Music subscribers and Prime members can access the official Prime Day Show playlist here. The Prime Day Show will also be available to stream on Twitch, IMDb TV, and on Amazon devices including Fire TV, Echo Show and Fire tablets on Prime Video.

Amazon’s annual Prime Day event will be held June 21 and 22, offering Prime members deals on more than 2 million items.