5 Reasons We’re Obsessed with Halsey
Ashley Frangipane, known on stage as Halsey, is already achieving stardom at the young age of 21. In 2014, the indie pop singer/song-writer released an EP, entitled Room 93, and dropped her first studio album, Badlands, last year. With intense lyrics and a strong, confident voice, Halsey definitely has a long road ahead in the music industry. Badlands already debuted at number two on the Billboard Top 100 and sold 97,000 copies during its first week. The charts show her growing popularity, but why should you listen?
1. She’s original.
Halsey originally rocked long and bright blue locks, but recently chopped it all off, sporting a chic cut. She has her own unique image and isn’t afraid to share any of her sexual, dark side. Her image and lyrics define her as a badass, but not in a “punk” kind of way. She has a unique vibe that can be discovered through her music.
2. Her lyrics are intense.
Halsey’s songs explore past relationships and experiences, but also delve into her thoughts around her bipolar disorder. One of her most popular songs, “Colors,” explains heartbreak with such descriptive images, pulling in the listener. “You were red, and you liked me ’cause I was blue/ But you touched me, and suddenly I was a lilac sky/ and you decided purple just wasn’t for you.” On the other hand, “Gasoline” takes an even more emotional turn, exploring her mental illness. “You can’t wake up, this is not a dream,/You’re part of a machine, you are not a human being,/ With your face all made up, living on a screen,/ Low on self esteem, so you run on gasoline.”
3. She’s humble.
Halsey opens up about herself in her music, and isn’t afraid to remain open about her career on social media. For example, on her twitter in 2015, Halsey tweeted: “I’m always a songwriter before a singer. I’m not a singer, I’m a singer out of necessity. Cause I can’t imagine anyone else singing my songs.” Even with one million albums sold and a 2016 tour underway, she is down to Earth and truly cares about her fans.
4. Her sound is captivating.
Badlands is such an incredible piece of art; it’s one of those albums that you can listen to on repeat for hours on end. Each song has a defining quality, differing themselves from the rest. The 16 song record has a mix of various sounds, surprising listeners with the assortment. “New Americana” sounds like an anthem, “Coming Down” has a dark sound with rain in the background, and “Colors, Pt. 2” is a synthpop remix of “Colors.” Every song has a surprise intro, which hooks you instantly.
5. She’s a ‘hurricane.’
In “Hurricane,” Halsey states: “I’m a wanderess, I’m a one night stand,/ don’t belong to no city, don’t belong to no man.” In this particular song, she refers to herself as a “hurricane,” where she is “the violence in the pouring rain.” Although she may interpret herself one way, she is also starting her own hurricane in a music industry. With each passing day, she’s taking the world by storm. At this young age, she’s already made her mark on the top charts, but she has so much more for the world to see.