Halsey: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Halsey performs on stage during iHeartSummer ’17 Weekend (Getty)

Halsey, born Ashley Frangipane, is quickly becoming one of the more popular artists in pop-music. Her debut solo album, Badlands, is certified platinum despite not having a Top 40 hit. The 22-year-old New Jersey native recently released her second full-length album, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom,” to commercial and critical success.

Halsey’s recent performances on The Today Show, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and iHeartSummer’17 have captivated audiences, and the singer appears destined to become one of music’s biggest stars.
 

Here’s what you need to know about Halsey:


1. Halsey’s New Album Went Number 1

Halsey released her new album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, worldwide on June 2. The album is expected to be at the top of this week’s Billboard Top 200 when the new list comes out later today.

Hasley released the album’s first single, “Now or Never,” in April. “Now or Never” became Halsey’s first top 40 single, hitting number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Watch the video for “Now or Never” below.

Halsey – Now Or Never (Official Music Video)order album on iTunes: http://www.iamhalsey.com/hfkitunes listen to "Now or Never" on Apple Music: http://www.iamhalsey.com/insidemyheadapple listen to “Now or Never” on Spotify: http://www.iamhalsey.com/insidemyhead order deluxe box set, limited edition vinyl & more in the official store: http://www.iamhalsey.com/store save hopeless fountain kingdom on Spotify: http://www.iamhalsey.com/hfkpresave order deluxe edition CD on Target.com: http://www.iamhalsey.com/hfktarget order Urban Outfitters exclusive red-splattered clear vinyl: http://www.iamhalsey.com/hfkuovinyl Follow Halsey http://iamhalsey.com http://twitter.com/halsey https://www.facebook.com/HalseyMusic http://instagram.com/iamhalsey Spotify: http://www.iamhalsey.com/spotify Mailing list: http://www.iamhalsey.com/mailinglist Director: Sing J Lee & Halsey Executive Producer: Laura Jones @ Partizan Producer: Laure Salgon & Targa Sahyoun Line Producer, Mexico: Fuad Abed Dalton Cinematographer: Kristof Brandl Production Designer: Fernanda Guerrero Editor: Ryan Beck @ Final Cut Colorist: Houmam Abdallah @ MPC VFX: Absolute Post Sound Design: Patrick Navarre @ Barking Owl Music video by Halsey performing Now Or Never. (C) 2017 Astralwerks http://vevo.ly/LlLN0f #Halsey #NowOrNever #Vevo #Alternative #Indie #OfficialMusicVideo2017-04-04T22:00:02.000Z

In May, Halsey released the second single, “Eyes Closed.” The song was co-written by The Weeknd, and Rolling Stone called it “one of her most soulful vocal performances.”

Halsey – Eyes Closed (Stripped)order album on iTunes: http://www.iamhalsey.com/hfkitunes listen to "Eyes Closed" on Apple Music: http://www.iamhalsey.com/insidemyheadapple listen to “Eyes Closed” on Spotify: http://www.iamhalsey.com/insidemyhead order deluxe box set, limited edition vinyl & more in the official store: http://www.iamhalsey.com/store save hopeless fountain kingdom on Spotify: http://www.iamhalsey.com/hfkpresave order deluxe edition CD on Target.com: http://www.iamhalsey.com/hfktarget order Urban Outfitters exclusive red-splattered clear vinyl: http://www.iamhalsey.com/hfkuovinyl Follow Halsey http://iamhalsey.com http://twitter.com/halsey https://www.facebook.com/HalseyMusic http://instagram.com/iamhalsey Spotify: http://www.iamhalsey.com/spotify Mailing list: http://www.iamhalsey.com/mailinglist Music video by Halsey performing Eyes Closed. (C) 2017 Astralwerks http://vevo.ly/FMQrHl2017-05-19T20:00:05.000Z

Halsey said on Twitter that her “new album is top to bottom about her removing herself from a toxic relationship.”  On Friday, she posted that “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” was the first female album to go number 1 in 2017.

Halsey identifies as bi-sexual. Two songs on the new album, “Bad at Love” and “Strangers” touch on same-sex attraction. “Strangers” also features Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony. Billboard called the song “a long-overdue bisexual milestone in mainstream music.”


2. Halsey’s Collaboration With The Chainsmokers Was Nominated For A Grammy

Halsey and The Chainsmokers,

Halsey and The Chainsmokers (Getty)

Halsey was the featured vocalist on The Chainsmoker’s hit song “Closer”. The song spent 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the most popular songs released in 2016. “Closer” received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and the music video has over 222 million plays.

The Chainsmokers – Closer (Video) ft. HalseyThe Chainsmokers "Closer" ft. Halsey out now: http://smarturl.it/tcsCLOSER Directed by: Dano Cerny Follow The Chainsmokers: http://www.youtube.com/thechainsmokers http://www.twitter.com/thechainsmokers http://www.facebook.com/thechainsmokers http://www.instagram.com/thechainsmokers http://www.soundcloud.com/thechainsmo… Follow Halsey: Twitter: http://twitter.com/halsey Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HalseyMusic Instagram: http://instagram.com/iamhalsey Spotify: http://smarturl.it/HalseySpotify Newsletter: http://www.iamhalsey.com/mailinglist Purchase Music: http://www.iamhalsey.com/badlandsbox2016-10-24T14:00:01.000Z

“Closer” won Top Hot 100 Song, Top Collaboration and Top Dance/Electronic Song at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. The song also took home Dance Song of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.


3. Halsey Credits Her Family For Many of Her Influences

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Halsey and Lauren Jauregui perform on stage (Getty)

According to Vulture, Halsey once went 18 months without speaking to her parents, but recently moved most of her family to Los Angeles following her parents’ divorce.

Halsey has credited her “hip” parents for introducing her to some of her biggest influences.

“My dad’s black and my mom’s white,” Hasley told MTV. “So growing up my dad was listening to a ton of old school rap and my mom was listening to a ton of 90’s grunge. So I was fortunate that my parents were rockin’ MTV what I was an infant.”

“I would say 90’s singer-songwriters, grungey like Nirvana, Alanis Morissette, the Cure, Gin Blossoms and also Tupac, Biggie, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Slick Rick – just old school bouncy hip-hop,” said Halsey of her childhood influences.


4. Halsey Has Worked With Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber and Halsey perform on NBC’s “Today” (Getty)

Halsey sang with Justin Bieber on “The Feeling” from Bieber’s album Purpose. The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2017 Grammy Awards. According to MTV, when news broke that Halsey was teaming up with Bieber, some people accused her of “selling out.”

“I don’t feel like I compromised any sort of integrity,” Halsey told MTV. “I don’t feel I will get another opportunity as perfect as this, and Sonny(Skrillex) was really really awesome in the production and the styling of the collaboration, making sure it was equally my style as it was Justin’s. It’s a scary thing for me because coming up as an alternative artist and then kind of slowly making this breach into the mainstream and then out of nowhere, this collaboration with Justin Bieber.”

Watch the video for “The Feeling” below.

Justin Bieber – The Feeling (PURPOSE : The Movement) ft. Halsey‘Purpose’ Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/PurposeDlx?IQid=VEVO1113 Stream & Add To Your Spotify Playlist: http://smarturl.it/sPurpose?IQid=VEVO1113 Google Play: http://smarturl.it/gPurpose?IQid=VEVO1113 Amazon: http://smarturl.it/aPurpose?IQid=VEVO1113 Follow Justin: http://facebook.com/justinbieber http://twitter.com/justinbieber http://instagram.com/justinbieber http://shots.com/justinbieber http://fahlo.me/justinbieber And sign up to Justin’s newsletter: http://justinbiebermusic.com Snapchat: rickthesizzler Follow Halsey: https://www.instagram.com/iamhalsey/ https://www.facebook.com/HalseyMusic/ https://twitter.com/halsey PURPOSE : The Movement A Short Film Created by Justin Bieber, Parris Goebel and Scott "Scooter" Braun Director: Parris Goebel Production Companies: SB Projects and Bieber Time Films Executive Producers: Justin Bieber and Scott "Scooter" Braun Producers: Justin Bieber, Scott "Scooter" Braun, Parris Goebel, and Allison Kaye Associate Producer: Cori Weber Shoot Coordinator: Cyndi Dumo Filmed and Edited By: Jose Omar Hernandez Additional Video By: Rory Kramer Big Thanks: Brett Goebel Choreographers: Parris Goebel, Pierce Cady, Janelle Ginestra, Valentine Norton, James "BDash" Derrick, Keywane Pandy, Marquis Robinson, and Brandon "Beno" Anastascio Appearance By: Halsey Dancers: Pierce Cady, Janelle Ginestra, Valentine Norton, James "BDash" Derrick, Keywane Pandy, Marquis Robinson, and Brandon "Beno" Anastascio Written By: Justin Bieber, Julia Michaels, Clarence Coffee, Jr., Sarah Hudson, Sonny Moore, and Ian Kirkpatrick Published By: Bieber Time Publishing/Universal Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Thanks For The Songs Richard. All Rights On Behalf Of Itself And Thanks For The Songs Richard Administered By Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), BMG Gold Songs / R8D Songs / One Stop Coffee Shop. All Rights Administered By BMG Rights Management (US) LLC (ASCAP), Italians Do It Better/Prescription Songs/Metamorphosis Music (ASCAP), Sonny Moore/Copaface (ASCAP), and WB Music Corp. and Zen Seven Publishing. All Rights On Behalf Of Itself And Zen Seven Publishing. Administered By WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) Produced By: Skrillex and Ian Kirkpatirck http://vevo.ly/4OAYwT ©: 2015 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. #BigfloetOli #MonsieurToutLeMonde #Vevo2015-11-14T19:00:01.000Z


5. Halsey Will Embark On A Major Headlining Tour In The U.S

The “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” tour is scheduled to kick-off in Uncasville, CT, on September 29 and will feature mostly arena-shows. The 30-date tour runs through November 22 and is made up of all U.S stops except for five Canada shows. Canadian rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR and singer-songwriter Charli XCX will be the opening acts.

Hasley will be doing an international tour this summer. Most of the dates she will be the headliner, but will be the opening act for Justin Bieber for three shows during the tour. No word yet if they will share the stage together, but a collaboration between the two wouldn’t be surprising, given their past working relationship.

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Halsey’s first headlining tour was the “Badlands” tour in 2015-2016. Halsey was the opening act on Imagine Dragons’ “Smoke + Mirrors” tour and The Weeknd’s “The Madness Fall” tour, in 2015. She co-headlined “The American Youth” tour with Young Rising Sons in 2015.