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EDITORS’ NOTES

After appearing on The Chainsmokers’ fluorescent smash “Closer”, Halsey retreats into darkness. Opening with dialogue from Romeo and Juliet and full of intriguing narratives inspired by Halsey’s own heartbreak, hopeless fountain kingdom is a haunting concept album about doomed love. The Weeknd brings small-hours desperation to “Eyes Closed”, “Now or Never” is gorgeously fragile trap-soul and Halsey’s voice wobbles with self-flagellation on “Sorry”, a piano ballad that would fit snugly on an Adele album. It’s not all so elegantly muted though: “Walls Could Talk” successfully fuses punchy R&B with chamber music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After appearing on The Chainsmokers’ fluorescent smash “Closer”, Halsey retreats into darkness. Opening with dialogue from Romeo and Juliet and full of intriguing narratives inspired by Halsey’s own heartbreak, hopeless fountain kingdom is a haunting concept album about doomed love. The Weeknd brings small-hours desperation to “Eyes Closed”, “Now or Never” is gorgeously fragile trap-soul and Halsey’s voice wobbles with self-flagellation on “Sorry”, a piano ballad that would fit snugly on an Adele album. It’s not all so elegantly muted though: “Walls Could Talk” successfully fuses punchy R&B with chamber music.

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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
    Sep 29, 1994

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