Artist of the Week

Week 22 of 2017


Following her successful collaboration with EDM duo The Chainsmokers in 2016, Halsey is back to her solo project and ready to launch her second studio album, "Hopeless Fountain Kingdom", this year. In anticipation of the album release on June 2, the pop star shared the upcoming LP's lead single "Now or Never" along with its music video on April 4.

On April 28, Halsey unveiled her second album's track list. It would feature sixteen tracks, including its lead single "Now or Never" and three collaborative tracks titled "Strangers" featuring Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony, "Lie" featuring Quavo of Migos and "Hopeless" featuring Cashmere Cat.

Less than a week after revealing the track list, the "New Americana" hitmaker announced a world tour in support of "Hopeless Fountain Kingdom". The first installment of the extensive trek would kick off in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 29 and run through November 22 in Cleveland, Ohio. Fans can definitely look forward to the tour as it would feature supporting performances from Charli XCX and PARTYNEXTDOOR.

Halsey released the second single called "Eyes Closed" off the upcoming album on May 4. She was then announced as one of the performers at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. She took the stage at the event to perform "Now or Never" and to receive three awards along with The Chaismokers for their collaborative single, "Closer". Thanks to the chart-topping track, they nabbed Top Collaboration Award, Top Hot 100 Award and Top Dance/EDM Song Award.

Halsey released another song from her much-anticipated set on May 28. The track is titled "Strangers" and it features guest verses from Jauregui. Both singers, who are openly bisexual, intend to make the track a love song in tribute to the LGBT community. "I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBT community. It's unheard of, it's very rare to see it from a female perspective," Halsey said in a recent interview.


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Halsey, whose real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, was born on September 29, 1994 in Clark, New Jersey. Growing up, she enjoyed playing various musical instruments like violin, cello and acoustic guitar. Around the age of 16 or 17, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She faced financial problems when she was 18 and found music as the only way to pay her rent. » more


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