16 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Halsey amassed a cult of fans online and achieved pop ubiquity with her co-starring role on The Chainsmokers’ “Closer.” Her second album examines love up close while whirling through fussy electro-pop, trap-tinged brooding, and shimmering ballads. The jittery “100 Letters” vibrates with self-laceration, its stuttering guitars playing counterpoint to Halsey’s wrenching vocal; Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui drops by for “Strangers,” a sumptuous portrayal of relationships rooted in alienation. Halsey’s hyper-diaristic lyrics put love, lust, betrayal, and regret through the Instagram-filtered ringer on hopeless fountain kingdom, a comment on Tinder-era courtship that doubles as a daring exploration of pop.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Halsey amassed a cult of fans online and achieved pop ubiquity with her co-starring role on The Chainsmokers’ “Closer.” Her second album examines love up close while whirling through fussy electro-pop, trap-tinged brooding, and shimmering ballads. The jittery “100 Letters” vibrates with self-laceration, its stuttering guitars playing counterpoint to Halsey’s wrenching vocal; Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui drops by for “Strangers,” a sumptuous portrayal of relationships rooted in alienation. Halsey’s hyper-diaristic lyrics put love, lust, betrayal, and regret through the Instagram-filtered ringer on hopeless fountain kingdom, a comment on Tinder-era courtship that doubles as a daring exploration of pop.

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About Halsey

Halsey is the alias of New York-based pop artist Ashley Frangipane. The New Jersey native took her moniker from a New York L train subway stop, and her adopted city plays a large role in both the sound and lyrics of her dark, gritty electro-pop, which has been compared to acts like Chvrches and Lorde. Based on the strength of her first single "Ghost," she signed a deal with Capitol-owned electronic/dance label Astralwerks in early 2014. Her debut EP, Room 93, arrived in October of that same year. In 2015, Halsey released her debut full-length album, Badlands, which featured production from Lido, the Futuristics, Son Lux, and others. Included on the album were the singles "Ghost," "New Americana," "Colors," and "Castle," a version of which also appeared on the soundtrack to The Huntsman: Winter's War. Badlands debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and sold well, ultimately achieving gold certification status. In January 2017, Halsey returned with the single "Not Afraid Anymore," which was featured on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Three months later, she released "Now or Never," the first single from her sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Containing collaborations with Sia, Greg Kurstin, and Benny Blanco, the LP appeared in June 2017 and topped the Billboard 200. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Washington, NJ
  • BORN
    September 29, 1994

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