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Halsey at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane
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Ashley Nicolette Frangipane ( // ; born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey ( // ), is an American singer and songwriter. Her initial recognition came from self-released music posted on social media platforms, and she was signed by Astralwerks in 2014. Later that year, she released her debut EP, Room 93 , and toured with larger acts to promote it, as well as her debut studio album. Her debut studio album, Badlands (2015), debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Halsey also embarked on her debut headlining world tour in support of the album. Four singles were released from Badlands, all of which were certified Platinum in the US.
Astralwerks is an American record label primarily focused on electronic and dance music that is owned by Universal Music Group. Its material is distributed via Capitol Music Group in the United States. The label was founded in 1993 and, in its early years, featured prominent acts like The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. In recent years, its roster has expanded to include acts like Halsey, Marshmello, Porter Robinson, and numerous others. In 2018, Astralwerks' headquarters were moved from its original home of New York City to Los Angeles.
An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.
Room 93 is the debut extended play (EP) by American singer and songwriter Halsey. It was released on October 27, 2014 by Astralwerks. The project was re-released digitally on March 9, 2015, including a new version of "Ghost", this later is also included on the singer's debut full-length album Badlands. The sound of the EP is rooted on the electropop music genre. A digital remix version of the EP, featuring three remixes for the songs "Hurricane", "Ghost" and "Trouble" was released on March 3, 2015. Along with the remix EP, a "One Mic, One Take" EP was released on the same date. "Trouble (Stripped)" was featured on the promo of the episode "Best Laid Plans" of the TV series Once Upon a Time.
Halsey rose to stronger prominence in 2016 as a featured vocalist on The Chainsmokers' single "Closer". The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for twelve consecutive weeks and was certified Diamond in the country. Her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017), debuted at number one in the US, and similar to her debut album, was certified Platinum in the country. The album consisted of more "radio friendly" music than her previous releases; its singles "Now or Never" and "Bad at Love" peaked in the top twenty of the US, with the latter peaking in the top five.
The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alexander “Alex" Pall and Andrew “Drew" Taggart. They started out by releasing remixes of songs by indie artists. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song "#Selfie", which became a top twenty single in several countries. They have won a Grammy award, two American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards and nine iHeartRadio Music Awards.
"Closer" is a song by American DJ duo The Chainsmokers, featuring American singer Halsey. Andrew Taggart also provides his vocals in the song. It was released on July 29, 2016, through Disruptor Records and Columbia Records. The song was written by Taggart, Halsey, Shaun Frank, Freddy Kennett, Isaac Slade and Joe King, while the production was handled by The Chainsmokers. Musically, it is a future bass and pop song with a "retro" style synthesizer in the chorus.
Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is the second studio album by American artist Halsey, released on June 2, 2017, by Astralwerks. The album features guest appearances from Quavo and Lauren Jauregui. Halsey co-wrote every song on the album, while production was handled by Lido and Benny Blanco, among others. Following its release, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart. The album was also certified Platinum by RIAA. In support of the album, Halsey embarked on the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour. The album was described by Halsey as having more "radio friendly music" when compared to her previous releases.
In 2018, Halsey and Khalid were featured on Benny Blanco's debut single, "Eastside", which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts of five other countries. Later that year, she released a single titled "Without Me", which peaked at number one in the US, and charted in the top three of several other countries, including the UK, Australia, and Canada. In 2019, she released a single titled "Nightmare", which charted in the top fifteen of the US.
Khalid Donnel Robinson is an American singer and songwriter. He signed with Right Hand Music Group and RCA Records. His debut single, "Location", was released in July 2016 and peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was later certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His debut studio album, American Teen, was released on March 3, 2017. Since then he has achieved several top 10 hits, a number one album and five Grammy nominations.
Benjamin Joseph Levin, known professionally as Benny Blanco, is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. He is the recipient of the 2013 Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a five-time BMI Songwriter of the Year award winner and 2017 iHeartRadio Producer of the Year award winner.
"Eastside" is a song by American music producer Benny Blanco and American singers Halsey and Khalid. The song was released on July 12, 2018 as Blanco's debut single. The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the issue dated July 28, 2018, at number 56, and peaked at number 9 on the chart, marking Blanco's first top 10 credited as an artist and his 27th top 10 as a songwriter. Additionally, "Eastside" spent a record-tying 45 weeks on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart. Outside of the United States, it reached number one in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and Singapore, and number two in Australia and Denmark.
Halsey is noted for her distinctive singing voice. Her music is categorized as indie pop ballads, usually based on her personal experiences. Her awards and nominations include four Billboard Music Awards, four iHeartRadio Music Awards, one GLAAD Media Award, one Global Award, a Guinness World Record, and a Grammy Award nomination. Outside of her career, she has been involved in suicide prevention awareness and sexual assault victim advocacy.
Indie pop is a music genre and subculture that combines guitar pop with DIY ethic in opposition to the style and tone of mainstream pop music. It originated from British post-punk in the late 1970s and subsequently generated a thriving fanzine, label, and club and gig circuit. Compared to its counterpart, indie rock, the genre is more melodic, less abrasive, and relatively angst-free. In later years, the definition of indie pop has bifurcated to also mean bands from unrelated DIY scenes/movements with pop leanings. Subgenres include chamber pop and twee pop.
The Billboard Music Award is an honor given out annually by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. The Billboard Music Awards show had been held annually since 1990 and the event was formerly held in December until it went dormant in 2006. The awards returned in 2011 and are now held annually in May as the last of the Big Three major music awards.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards is a music awards show that celebrates music heard throughout the year across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's digital music platform. Founded by iHeartRadio in 2014, the event recognizes the most popular artists and music over the past year. Winners are chosen per cumulative performance data, while the public is able to vote in several categories. The inaugural event was held on May 1, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Its first two years were broadcast live on NBC, from 2016 to 2018 it was simulcast on TBS, TNT and TruTV. The sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards were held on March 14, 2019 at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles and broadcast live on Fox. The trophy is manufactured by the New York firm Society Awards.
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane was born on September 29, 1994, in Edison, New Jersey.Her parents dropped out of college after her mother discovered that she was pregnant with her. Her mother, Nicole, works for security in a hospital, and her father, Chris, manages a car dealership. Nicole is of Italian, Hungarian, and Irish descent, while Chris is primarily of African-American descent with some Irish heritage. Frangipane has two younger brothers, Sevian and Dante. She played the violin, viola, and cello, until moving on to the acoustic guitar when she was fourteen years old.
Edison is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, in the New York City metropolitan area. Situated in north-central New Jersey, Edison lies within the core of the Raritan Valley region. As of the 2010 United States Census, Edison had a total population of 99,967, retaining its position as the fifth-most populous municipality in New Jersey. The 2010 population reflected an increase of 2,280 (+2.3%) from the 97,687 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 9,007 (+10.2%) from the 88,680 counted in 1990. Edison's population has been above the 100,000 threshold since 2010, increasing by 0.7% to a Census-estimated 100,693 in 2018.
The Italians are a Romance ethnic group and nation native to the Italian peninsula and its neighbouring insular territories. Most Italians share a common culture, history, ancestry or language. Legally, all Italian nationals are citizens of the Italian Republic, regardless of ancestry or nation of residence and may be distinguished from people of Italian descent without Italian citizenship and from ethnic Italians living in territories adjacent to the Italian Peninsula without Italian citizenship. The majority of Italian nationals are speakers of Italian, or a regional variety thereof. However, many of them also speak another regional or minority language native to Italy; although there is disagreement on the total number, according to UNESCO there are approximately 30 languages native to Italy.
Hungarians, also known as Magyars, are a nation and ethnic group native to Hungary and historical Hungarian lands who share a common culture, history and language. Hungarians belong to the Uralic-speaking peoples. There are an estimated 14.2–14.5 million ethnic Hungarians and their descendants worldwide, of whom 9.6 million live in today's Hungary. About 2.2 million Hungarians live in areas that were part of the Kingdom of Hungary before the Treaty of Trianon and are now parts of Hungary's seven neighbouring countries, especially Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. Significant groups of people with Hungarian ancestry live in various other parts of the world, most of them in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, and Argentina.
Throughout her childhood Frangipane's family moved frequently, as her parents worked many jobs. By the time she reached her teen years she had enrolled in six schools.In high school, Frangipane endured bullying by other students, and at 17 she attempted suicide, which led to a 17-day hospitalization. Following this, she was diagnosed as bipolar; her mother also struggles with the disorder. She began using recreational drugs soon after, claiming her bipolar disorder caused her to become an "unconventional child". Also, when she was 17, she became romantically involved with a man who was 24 and lived on the Halsey Street in Brooklyn. Frangipane said, "That's where I first starting writing music and where I started to feel like I was a part of something bigger than my town in middle of nowhere New Jersey. Halsey is kind of like a manifestation of all the exaggerated parts of me, so it's like an alter ego." In 2012, she graduated from Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, New Jersey.
Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania, depending on its severity, or whether symptoms of psychosis are present. During mania, an individual behaves or feels abnormally energetic, happy, or irritable. Individuals often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced during manic phases. During periods of depression, there may be crying, a negative outlook on life, and poor eye contact with others. The risk of suicide among those with the illness is high at greater than 6 percent over 20 years, while self-harm occurs in 30–40 percent. Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and substance use disorder are commonly associated with bipolar disorder.
New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It is a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by the Delaware Bay and Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous, with 9 million residents as of 2017, making it the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states with its biggest city being Newark. New Jersey lies completely within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia. New Jersey was the second-wealthiest U.S. state by median household income as of 2017.
Warren Hills Regional High School is a four-year public high school located on Jackson Valley Road in Washington Township in Warren County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Warren Hills Regional School District. The school offers a comprehensive education for students in ninth through twelfth grades. The student population includes students from Franklin Township, Mansfield Township, Oxford Township, Washington Borough and Washington Township. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 2014.
After graduating, Frangipane enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design; however, she withdrew due to financial hardship and attended community college instead.She eventually dropped out of community college and was ejected from her home, saying, "They just didn't agree with a lot of things about me". Soon after, she lived in a basement in lower Manhattan with a group of "degenerate stoners" whom she knew through her then-boyfriend. When she was not living there, she occasionally lived in one of New York's many homeless shelters, and she considered prostitution as a way to make money. When describing this period of her life, Frangipane said, "I remember one time I had $9 in my bank account, and bought a four-pack of Red Bull and used it to stay up overnight over the course of two or three days, because it was less dangerous to not sleep than it was to sleep somewhere random and maybe get raped or kidnapped." She would occasionally stay with her maternal grandmother.
Frangipane started writing music when she was seventeen, and in 2012 she began posting videos to social media sites such as YouTube and Kik, and in particular Tumblr, under the username of se7enteenblack.She became known for a parody of Taylor Swift's song "I Knew You Were Trouble", inspired by Swift's relationship with Harry Styles. She then wrote a follow up song about their relationship which was posted online in early 2013. In early 2014, Frangipane went to a party and met a "music guy" who asked her to collaborate on a song with him because he liked her voice. The result, a song about her ex-boyfriend titled "Ghost", was posted by Frangipane on SoundCloud several weeks after it was recorded. Within hours, the song gained online popularity, and she was subsequently contacted by several record labels, with the song eventually charting and going on radio. She signed with Astralwerks, feeling that they gave her more creative freedom than other labels that contacted her.
Following this, Frangipane played numerous acoustic shows in different cities under several stage names.She chose Halsey as her permanent stage name because it is an anagram of her first name, and is also a reference to the Halsey Street station of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn, a place she spent a lot of time at when she was a teenager. She also stated Halsey was the most popular name she used. Having written poems for years, Halsey began writing more serious songs as a way to promote them. Music became Halsey's "confessional approach" and a form of therapy after the difficult life she had endured.
Halsey began touring with The Kooks in August 2014 and performed various original songs.She released her debut extended play, Room 93 , on October 27, 2014. The EP charted in the lower regions of the US Billboard 200 and at number three on the Top Heatseekers chart. She then began work on her debut studio album and performed songs from the upcoming album at South by Southwest in 2015, where she was the most tweeted about performer of the night. She embarked on a co-headlining tour with Young Rising Sons in March, and in June, she became the opening act for Imagine Dragons on their Smoke + Mirrors Tour (2015) during the North American leg.
Halsey's debut studio album, Badlands, was released on August 28, 2015. She described Badlands as a concept album about a dystopian future society known as "The Badlands", which was a metaphor for her mental state at the time, stating that each song meant something different to her.Halsey wrote all of the songs on the album when she was 19, while production was handled by a number of producers, including then boyfriend, Norwegian producer Lido. The album was described by Halsey as not having a "proper radio hit". It received positive reviews from music critics, with Joe Levy of Rolling Stone citing Halsey as a "new Tumblr popstar with a knack for sticky imagery". Badlands debuted at number two on the in the US, selling 115,000 copies in its first week, of which 97,000 were pure album sales. The album found success in several other countries, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, where the album debuted in the top three. It was further promoted by Halsey's Badlands Tour (2015–16), and her spot as the opening act for select dates of The Weekend's The Madness Fall Tour (2015).
Badlands was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales of 1,000,000 units.Four singles were released from the album: "Ghost", "New Americana", "Colors", and "Castle", all of which were certified Platinum in the US. The latter three singles achieved minor commercial success; "New Americana" reached number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100, "Colors" became the albums most streamed track on Spotify and was certified Silver in the UK, and "Castle" was rerecorded for the soundtrack of the 2016 film The Huntsman: Winter's War. "Gasoline" was not released as a single and was only included on the deluxe version of Badlands, but became one of the album's most popular tracks; it is the albums third most streamed track on Spotify, and was certified Platinum in the US.
Halsey was featured on the song "The Feeling" by Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album, Purpose (2015).The song was not officially released, though entered the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold in the US and Silver in the UK. In February 2016, she was one of four female performers to partner with MAC cosmetics for their Future Forward line; Halsey released a lipstick named after herself. The Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director of the company, James Gager, said "It feels like a great thing to be able to support artists who are breaking through but aren't necessarily at the top top, to push them forward." In May 2016, Halsey released the song "Tokyo Narita (Freestyle)", produced by Lido. The song was a standalone track that served as a promotional single from Halsey. In July 2016, Halsey collaborated with 26 other artists for the charity single "Hands", which was a tribute for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
On July 29, 2016, Halsey was featured as a vocalist on The Chainsmokers' single "Closer," a song she also cowrote.The song achieved major commercial success; it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks, topped the charts of 12 other countries, sold more than 15 million units worldwide, and is one of most streamed songs on Spotify. The official lyric video for "Closer" was released on YouTube on July 29, 2016, and has since garnered over two billion views. Billboard noted Halsey's solo verse as a favorable part of the song, and the song earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Halsey announced work on her second studio album prior to the release of Badlands, with progress on the record continuing throughout 2016 and 2017.In January 2017, she released the single "Not Afraid Anymore"; it appears on the soundtrack of the film Fifty Shades Darker (2017). "Now or Never" was released on April 4 as the lead single from her second studio album, and because it preceded the release of her second studio album, it was released as an instant grat with the album's pre-order. The song debuted at number 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and later peaked at number 17. It was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. "Now or Never" also reached the top 20 of Australia and Malaysia, and sold 500,000 units outside of the US. Two promotional singles were also made available prior to the release of the album: "Eyes Closed" and "Strangers"'.
Halsey released her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom , on June 2.The album consisted of more "radio friendly" songs in comparison to her previous work, which she attributed to her desire to prove she was "more than capable" of creating "radio-ready" music. Much like her debut album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is a concept album that revolves around a pair of lovers in a tale based on Romeo and Juliet; the project was inspired by her breakup with Lido. The album also focuses on Halsey's bisexuality and on bisexual characters. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom debuted atop the Billboard 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart. First week sales in the US were of 106,000 equivalent album units, with 76,000 being pure album sales. Similar to her debut album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Due to the album reaching number one, Halsey became the first woman to achieve a number one album in the US in 2017. To promote the album, Halsey embarked on the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour, which began on September 29, 2017, her twenty-third birthday. Halsey also performed surprise DJ sets at Emo Nite in Los Angeles in 2017.
The second single from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, "Bad at Love", was released on August 22. The song peaked at number five in the US, which made it her highest peak as a lead artist at the time.It was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA, and sold more than 300,000 records outside the US. In December, Halsey's collaboration with then boyfriend G-Eazy "Him & I" was released, and later peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified 2x Platinum by RIAA. The song also reached the top ten of 13 other countries' charts. In mid 2017 she collaborated with the band Thirty Seconds to Mars on the song "Love Is Madness" for their album America .
On January 13, 2018, Halsey was a featured as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live and performed "Bad at Love" and "Him & I" with G-Eazy.On March 15, Halsey released "Alone", along with a new version featuring American rapper Big Sean and British rapper Stefflon Don. It was released as the third and final single from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, and in April she released its music video. "Alone" was certified Platinum by RIAA and reached number one on Billboard's Dance Club chart, though only peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100. Halsey sang with Khalid for Benny Blanco's debut single "Eastside", which was released on July 12, along with a music video discussing various parts of Halsey's life. The song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts of five other countries. It was certified 2x Platinum in the US, and sold over one million units outside the country. Also this year she appeared in two films: she voiced Wonder Woman in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies , and cameoed as herself in A Star Is Born , directed by Bradley Cooper. Halsey was also a key advisor on the U.S. version of The Voice in its fifteenth season.
On October 4, Halsey released a non-album single titled "Without Me".'Without Me' is her, "... first solo-record since 2017." She stated that this song is also very personal to her. On October 29, the official music video for "Without Me" was released, featuring a "G-Eazy lookalike" following their second breakup. This song went on to become Halsey's most successful single as a lead artist to date, becoming her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. It topped the chart for two non-consecutive weeks and remained in the top five for 22 weeks. It also reached the top three of the UK, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland. The song has been certified 3x Platinum in the US, Platinum in the UK, and 5x Platinum in Australia and Canada. Due to "Without Me" reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Halsey became the eighth woman to achieve multiple number ones on the chart during the 2010s.
Halsey released or was featured on various collaborations during the first several months of 2019, including a remix of "Without Me" featuring American rapper Juice WRLD on January 9,the song "11 Minutes" with Yungblud (featuring Travis Barker) on February 14 and accompanying music video on February 22, and the song "Boy With Luv" by BTS on April 12, the music video for which became the most–viewed music video within the first 24 hours on YouTube with 74.6 million views. On April 19, she and 29 other musical acts were featured on the Lil Dicky song "Earth," a charity single about climate change awareness.
On February 9, Halsey appeared on Saturday Night Live as the host and musical guest.Her performance was praised, with ratings for the show rising and a younger audience watching. In March, Halsey announced that she had begun work on her third studio album, set to be released in 2019. On May 17, Halsey released a new single, "Nightmare", which debuted in the top fifteen of the US.
As Halsey grew up, her mother listened to The Cure, Alanis Morissette, and Nirvana, while her father listened to The Notorious B.I.G., Slick Rick, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and 2Pac. She said their music taste has been a great influence on her.Halsey called Panic! at the Disco the "band that changed [her] fucking life" and credits Lady Gaga for giving her the strength to be herself. Halsey mentioned a Long Island rock band, Brand New, as both an influence and a favorite of hers, once changing her biography on Instagram to "the devil and God are raging inside me", a reference to their third album. Her other influences include Kanye West, The Weeknd, Amy Winehouse, and Bright Eyes.
Cinema also influenced Halsey's development as a singer and songwriter, "There's plenty of musicians that I love and respect, but I think that I'm the most inspired by cinema,"she said. Her influences include directors Quentin Tarantino, Harmony Korine, and Larry Clark.
Halsey is noted for her distinctive "indie" style of singing, ' Jon Caramanica noted, "Halsey arrived as part of a slew of female pop rebels who emerged in the wake of Lorde's early-2010s recalibration of the genre's operating hierarchies." When speaking of Badlands, Billboard stated, "Halsey's larger-than-life vision combines the synthy darkness of Lorde, the neon-pop chutzpah of Miley Cyrus and the flickering film noir of Lana Del Rey."which has garnered controversial feedback. She sings with an "accent" different from her speaking voice. She is a pop, electropop, synth-pop, art pop, R&B, and indie pop artist. The New York Times
Halsey's music focuses on her personal experiences and telling a story.She writes about relationships with other women in her music as a way of solidifying her bisexuality.
The biggest influence on her live performances is Adam Lazzara, the frontman of Taking Back Sunday,as she said, "One of the most inspiring things I've ever seen is watching [Taking Back Sunday] live and watching Adam use that microphone as a prop and I thought yep, I'm gonna do that."
In her early career, Halsey drew criticism for pre-fame Tweets that were posted from 2009-2012,and also gained controversy for allegedly calling herself "tri-bi" in an interview, due to her being biracial, bipolar, and bisexual; however, she stated the label is a trivializing way to describe her and condemned the label as a misquote. She became most known for her signature dyed blue hair in her early career. She drew controversy in 2016 after several fan interactions, some involving Halsey kissing underage fans.
In June 2017, Halsey received backlash for collaborating with Quavo, an artist who has made homophobic remarks. She stated that she has never spoken to Quavo, and continued to say that she wouldn't put "a lot of people" on her songs. She criticized Iggy Azalea for her "complete disregard for black culture"and Demi Lovato for her song "Cool for the Summer" for treating bisexuality as a taboo.
Halsey has described herself as an "in-between role model," and an "inconvenient woman" due to her music and style.She stated in 2017 that although she passes as white, she is a black woman and proud of her heritage. She has appeared on the cover of magazines such as Forbes 30 Under 30, Billboard, Paper, and Playboy. She has appeared in advertisements for Jeep, Beats Electronics, and ModCloth. She has been described a feminist icon, and has called out tabloids for exploiting her body. She has also been called the "voice of her generation". Her relationship with G-Eazy gathered significant media attention due to rumors of drug usage, arrest, cheating, and G-Eazy's feuds with other artists.
Halsey has long identified as an alternative artist, stating that she can do pop collaborations without being considered a pop artist, similar to Kendrick Lamar. She states that she is only classified as pop because she is a woman.Some of her music is still labeled pop while some is considered alternative. In 2019, she called herself "the anti-popstar" and stated she doesn't care how people identify her music, as long as it connects to people.
During the 2016 USA presidential election, Halsey was an avid supporter of Bernie Sanders and urged her fans to vote for him.In July 2016, she and 26 other artists were featured on the charity single "Hands", which was a tribute for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
As a result of her own attempted suicide at age seventeen,, Halsey participated in the mental health and suicide prevention awareness campaign called "I'm Listening", which was hosted by radio network Entercom and broadcast live on September 10, 2017.
Halsey is a feminist. J. Willingham of CNN opined in a headline that "Halsey's Women's March speech moved people around the world." In March 2018, Halsey protested alongside numerous other celebrities at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.. In May 2018 Halsey attacked Ivanka Trump over Twitter, complaining that she was too relaxed while her father hurt immigrant children.After the 2017 Women's March, Halsey sent out a tweet that promised to donate one dollar to Planned Parenthood for every retweet it received. She ended up donating 100,000 dollars to Planned Parenthood. Halsey delivered a speech to more than 200,000 protesters at the 2018 Women's March. Instead of a traditional speech, Halsey performed a five-minute poem titled "A Story Like Mine", in which she told personal stories of sexual assault and violence throughout her life. Her personal narrative included accompanying her best friend to Planned Parenthood after she had been raped, her personal account of sexual assault by neighbors and boyfriends, and women sexually assaulted by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar. She completed her speech by requesting all—"Black, Asian, poor, wealthy, trans, cis, Muslim, Christian"—sexual assault victims to listen and support each other. A.
In November 2018 Halsey performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, along numerous other artists,but in December she called out the company for its lack of inclusion of transgender models in its various shows, stating "as a member of the LGBT+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not motivated by stereotype." Later that month, she performed her hit song "Without Me" on The Voice and received backlash for "sensually" dancing with backup dancer Jade Chynoweth. Many called the backlash homophobic and Halsey defended her performance. In a January 2019 interview with Glamour, she advocated for a stronger presence of women in music. In April 2019, she and 29 other musical acts were featured on the charity single "Earth", which raises climate change awareness.
Halsey is openly bisexual.
From 2015 to 2016, Halsey dated Norwegian producer Lido, who helped produce Badlands and inspired Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.
In 2017, Halsey began dating American rapper G-Eazy. They met at a party in 2017 and although they pursued different music, they found common ground for their collaboration "Him & I", which discussed their love and lifestyle.The couple broke up in July 2018; their relationship was off and on again until September when the relationship was officially over. Halsey confirmed in a 2019 interview with Glamour that her October 2018 single "Without Me" is partially about their relationship.
She began dating British artist Yungblud in 2019.
Since the beginning of her career, Halsey has been open about her personal health; in 2015, speaking of her career, she stated "I'm just this fucked-up stoner kid who made it".
Halsey has bipolar disorder. She was diagnosed with this mental disorder at the age of 17, and said that her mother also has it.At that age, Halsey attempted to commit suicide, which is what led to her diagnosis and a 17-day admission to a psychiatric hospital. It was not long after her suicide attempt that Halsey began having success in the music industry. She said that singing and performing has helped her manage the symptoms she experiences from having bipolar disorder. Despite the struggles Halsey has faced as a result of this mood disorder, she said that she embraces being bipolar because it makes her "really empathetic".
Halsey was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016 and went public with it on her Twitter account.Halsey accredits a miscarriage she experienced in 2015 to her endometriosis, originally stating in 2016 that it was due to her hectic touring schedule. Only hours after Halsey realized she was having a miscarriage, she went on stage to perform during a tour because she did not want to hurt her career by missing a performance. Halsey chronicled her struggles with endometriosis on the talk show The Doctors in April 2018, where she revealed she was going to freeze her eggs.
Also in 2018, Halsey spoke out about her endometriosis and the pain it causes at the Blossom Ball, which is run by the Endometriosis Foundation of America.At the Blossom Ball, she said, "Sometimes I'm bloated, I'm on an I.V., I'm sick, I'm on medicine, and I'm backstage, terrified that I'm going to bleed through my clothes in the middle of my show." She told people who attended this event that she wanted to speak out because the media often portrays her as having perfect physical health despite her struggle with endometriosis. In January 2017, Halsey underwent surgery in an attempt to lessen the pain caused by the disorder. Halsey has not disclosed what type of surgery she underwent.
Halsey has 29 confirmed tattoos, with her most prominent being an upside-down horseshoe on her right shoulder.She had a tattoo of Him & I lyrics for G-Eazy that has since been covered. She has one tattoo on her face.
|2017||"Now or Never"||Halsey||Director||Co-directed with Sing J Lee|
|"Bad at Love"|
|"Alone" (featuring Big Sean and Stefflon Don)||Co-directed with Hannah Lux Davis|
|"Strangers" (featuring Lauren Jauregui)||Co-directed with Jessie Hill|
|2018||Teen Titans Go! To the Movies||Wonder Woman||Voice role|
|A Star Is Born||Herself||Cameo appearance|
|2016||Roadies||Herself||Episodes: "The Load Out" and "Carpet Season"|
|2017||American Dad!||Cindy||Voice role, Episode: "A Nice Night for a Drive"|
|2018-19||Saturday Night Live||Herself (musical performer/host)||3 episodes|
|2018||Rupaul's Drag Race||Herself/guest judge||Episode: PharmaRusical|
|The Doctors||Celebrity guest||Episode: "#10126"|
|The Voice||Guest performer/Guest advisor||Season 14: Guest performer |
Season 15: Guest advisor for Team Jennifer/ Guest performer
|2019||Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?||Herself||TV series, Pre-production|
|2015||MTV Europe Music Awards||Artist on the Rise||Herself||Nominated|
|2016||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Breakout Artist|
|NME Awards||Best New Artist|
|Billboard Women in Music||Rising Star||Won|
|2017||Grammy Awards||Best Pop Duo/Group Performance||"Closer" (with The Chainsmokers)||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Purpose (as featured artist)|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Song of the Year||"Closer" (with The Chainsmokers)|
|Dance Song of the Year||Won|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Hot 100 Song||Won|
|Top Selling Song||Nominated|
|Top Radio Song|
|Top Streaming Song (Audio)|
|Top Streaming Song (Video)|
|Top Dance/Electronic Song|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Pop Song||Nominated|
|Choice Breakout Artist||Herself|
|Choice Summer Female Artist|
|MTV Italian Music Awards||Best Video||"Closer" (with The Chainsmokers)||Won|
|Myx Music Awards||Best International Video||Won|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Pop/Rock Song||Nominated|
|Collaboration of the Year|
|2018||iHeartRadio Music Awards||Female Artist of the Year||Herself|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Female Artist||Nominated|
|Top Radio Songs Artist||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Music Artist||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Song: Female Artist||"Bad at Love"||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards||Video of the Year||"Bad at Love"||Nominated|
|Best Pop Artist or Group||Herself||Nominated|
|Fan Fave Artist||Nominated|
|2019||Global Awards||Rising Star Award||Herself||Won|
|Social Media Superstar||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Best Lyrics||"Without Me"||Nominated|
|Best Cover Song||"Lucid Dreams"||Nominated|
|Female Artist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Titanium Award||Winning songs||"Bad at Love"||Won|
|"Him & I"|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Female Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|Top Selling Song||"Without Me"||Nominated|
|Guinness World Records||Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group||"Boy with Luv" by BTS (with Halsey)||Won|
|Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours|
|Most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours|
|Songwriters Hall of Fame||Hal David Starlight Award||Herself||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Female Artist||Herself||Pending|
|Choice Song: Female Artist||"Nightmare"||Pending|
|Choice Collaboration||"Boy With Luv"||Pending|
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The Mainstream Top 40 is a 40-song music chart published weekly by Billboard Magazine which ranks the most popular songs being played on a panel of Top 40 radio stations in the United States. The rankings are based on radio airplay detections as measured by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, a subsidiary of the U.S.' leading marketing research company. Consumer researchers, Nielsen Audio, refers to the format as contemporary hit radio (CHR).
Lauren Michelle Jauregui Morgado is an American singer and songwriter. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. Jauregui began experimenting with different sounds and exploring solo songwriting, and collaborated on songs with Marian Hill, Steve Aoki and Halsey. She signed with Columbia Records and began working on her upcoming debut solo album in May 2018. She released her debut solo single "Expectations" and its music video on October 24, 2018. Her second single "More Than That" was released on January 11, 2019. Jauregui's debut album is expected to be released in 2019.
Badlands is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Halsey. It was released on August 28, 2015, by Astralwerks. Musically, Badlands is primarily rooted in electropop, dark pop, alternative pop, and synth-pop, and features industrial music undertones. Halsey wrote every song on the album when she was 19, while production was handled by a number of producers. Norwegian producer Lido was one of the main producers on Badlands. The album was described by Halsey as lacking a "proper radio hit".
"New Americana" is a song by American singer and songwriter Halsey taken from her debut studio album, Badlands (2015). It was written by Halsey, Larzz Principato, and Kalkutta, while production was handled by Lido. Described as an electropop song, "New Americana" describes the normalization of aspects of counterculture in the United States, including recreational marijuana use and same-sex marriage. The original version of the song was first released on March 31, 2014 via Halsey's official SoundCloud account for streaming and free download. The proper release was on July 10, 2015, as the second single from Badlands.
"Colors" is a song by American singer and songwriter Halsey from her debut studio album, Badlands (2015). It was released on February 9, 2016 as the album's third single. The song was made available as a 7" single and a five-track remix EP titled "Complimentary Colors". The song has reached over 200 million streams on Spotify.
American singer and songwriter Halsey has released two studio albums, one extended play (EP), 15 singles, and four promotional singles. After being signed to Astralwerks, she released her debut EP Room 93 on October 27, 2014. Halsey then toured with larger acts to promote it and her upcoming album.
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"Gasoline" is a song by American singer and songwriter Halsey. The track is included on the deluxe edition of her debut studio album, Badlands (2015). It was written by Halsey and Lido, the latter also producing the song. Despite just being included on the deluxe edition of Badlands, is one of the album's most popular tracks, counting with more than 100 million plays on Spotify.
"Now or Never" is a song recorded by American singer and Halsey. It was released as the lead single from her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom on April 4, 2017, by Astralwerks alongside a music video, as an instant grat with the album's pre-order. Halsey co-wrote the song with Brittany Hazzard, Magnus Høiberg, and Benny Blanco, with the latter two also producing the record. It is a pop song that also incorporates R&B.
"Eyes Closed" is a song by American singer and songwriter Halsey from her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. It was released on May 4, 2017 by Astralwerks as the album's first promotional single.
"Alone" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Halsey. It was released on March 15, 2018 along with a new version featuring American rapper Big Sean and British rapper Stefflon Don, as the third and final single from her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. The song debuted at number 90 in the United States and later peaked at number 66, becoming Don's first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100.
"Bad at Love" is a song by American singer Halsey from her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017). It was released on August 22, 2017, by Astralwerks, as the second single from the album. Halsey co-wrote the song with Justin Tranter, Ricky Reed, and Rogét Chahayed, with the song being produced by the latter two. Lyrically, the song encompasses the protagonist's past relationships and the reasons they were unsuccessful.
"Strangers" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Halsey featuring Lauren Jauregui. It was released on May 26, 2017 by Astralwerks as a promotional single from Halsey's second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017). The song received critical acclaim. Halsey later released a music video on June 20, 2018.
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"Him & I" is a song recorded by American rapper G-Eazy and singer Halsey. It was written by G-Eazy, Halsey, Edgar Machuca, Jim Lavigne, Dakarai Gwitira, Madison Love and The Futuristics, with production handled by the latter one. The song was released via RCA Records on December 5, 2017, as the second single from G-Eazy's fourth studio album, The Beautiful & Damned. The single reached the top 20 of the charts in the United States, Australia, Canada as well as multiple other countries.
"No Limit" is a song by American rapper G-Eazy, featuring American rappers ASAP Rocky and Cardi B. It was written by G-Eazy, ASAP Rocky, Cardi B, Edgar Machuca, Klenord Raphael, Patrick Taylor-Earl, Pardison Fontaine, Allen Ritter and Boi-1da, with production handled by the latter two. The song was released through RCA Records on September 8, 2017, as the lead single from G-Eazy's fourth studio album, The Beautiful & Damned (2017).
"Without Me" is a song recorded by American singer Halsey. Halsey wrote the song with Edei, Brittany Amaradio, Amy Allen, and Louis Bell; while production was handled by Bell and Dylan Bauld. It interpolates Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" with Timberlake, Timbaland and Scott Storch credited as co-writers. "Without Me" was released through Capitol Records on October 4, 2018.
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Halsey told iHeart Radio about her upside-down horseshoe's meaning, saying, "I got an upside-down horseshoe to signify that I don't need luck. I work really, really hard, and I believe in the stars aligning, but I don't believe that anything happens to anyone based out of sheer luck. I believe people work really hard, and they manifest what they want, and what they need, and what they're hopeful for, and that's what this is -- a reminder."
As for the design? Halsey opted for the letter "Q" in red ink, accompanied by a small diamond, which resembled the suit of a Queen of Diamonds playing card. "Headed straight for the castle. @nal.tattoo 💉💉 thanks for my first (and only hopefully lol) face tattoo ♦️♦️♦️♦️," she captioned the shot.
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