Billie Eilish denies 'singling out' Taylor Swift with comments about vinyl variants

Billie Eilish has denied "singling out" Taylor Swift when she criticised artists who release multiple variations of the same album.

The Happier Than Ever singer published a statement on her Instagram Stories on Sunday insisting that most artists release multiple versions of the same album to encourage fans to buy them all and boost their sales figures.

"Okay so it would be so awesome if people would stop putting words into my mouth and actually read what I said in that billboard article. I wasn't singling anyone out, these are industry-wide systemic issues," she wrote, before acknowledging that she does it too.

"When it comes to variants, so many artists release them - including ME! which i clearly state in the article. The climate crisis is now and its (sic) about all of us being part of the problem and trying to do better sheesh."

Billie, 22, and her mother Maggie Baird gave an interview with Billboard last week about their push for sustainability in the music industry.

She lamented the "wasteful" and "frustrating" practice but noted that most artists release variants because they can help them reach the coveted No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts.

"I can't even express to you how wasteful it is," Billie said. "It's some of the biggest artists in the world making f**king 40 different vinyl packages that have a different unique thing just to get you to keep buying more.

"It's so wasteful, and it's irritating to me that we're still at a point where you care that much about your numbers and you care that much about making money - and it's all your favourite artists doing that s**t."

Many readers took the comments as a criticism of Taylor as she releases several versions of her albums, often with different cover artwork and a bonus song.