Halsey - Biography
Halsey is the stage name of Ashley Nicolette Frangipane. She was signed by Astralwerks in 2014 and released her first EP, Room 93, later that year.Badlands was Halsey's first studio album. The RIAA awarded it Double Platinum together with 'Colors' and 'Gasoline'.
In 2016, she appeared on the Chainsmokers' hit 'Closer,' which charted in over a dozen nations. The songs 'Now or Never' and 'Bad at Love' both hit the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the former reaching the top five. Manic (2020) became Halsey's best-selling album globally, and its lead song 'Without Me' became her most successful solo single. If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power (2021) was produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails and garnered significant critical praise.
As of 2020, Halsey has sold over 1 million albums and accumulated over 6 billion streams in the US. Her singing voice is unique. The songwriter was awarded Songwriter of the Year by BMI Film & TV Awards in 2021. She was also named one of Time magazine's 100 most powerful people in the world in 2020. Beyond music, she has participated in racial justice demonstrations and suicide prevention awareness campaigns.
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, the daughter of Nicole and Chris Frangipane, was born on September 29, 1994, in Edison, New Jersey. Her parents dropped out of college when her mother found out she was pregnant. Her mother is now an EMT, and her father owns a car business. Her mother is of Hungarian and Italian heritage, while her father is of African-American and Irish background. Sevian and Dante are her two younger brothers. She began her musical career on the violin, viola, and cello before switching to the guitar when she was 14 years old. She was raised on Alanis Morissette, Justin Bieber, and Brand New.
Her family relocated often during her childhood since her parents had several jobs. She had attended six schools by the time she reached her adolescence.
Frangipane was harassed at school, and her attempted suicide at the age of 17 landed her in the hospital for almost three weeks. As a result of this, she was diagnosed with bipolar illness, as was her mother. She started taking drugs shortly after, claiming that her bipolar illness had made her a 'unconventional kid.' She also became romantically engaged with a guy who was 24 at the time and lived on Halsey Street in Brooklyn, New York, where she got her stage name. She said, 'That's when I first began composing music and felt like I was a part of something larger than my little village in rural New Jersey.
Halsey is a representation of all the exaggerated aspects of myself, therefore it's similar to an alter ego.' She graduated from Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, New Jersey, in 2012.
Frangipane enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design after graduating, but she dropped out owing to financial difficulties and instead attended community college. She ultimately dropped out of community college and was thrown out by her parents, with whom she 'simply didn't agree on a lot of things.' Soon after, she moved into a lower Manhattan basement with a bunch of 'degenerate stoners' she met via her then-boyfriend.
She sometimes stayed in one of New York's numerous homeless shelters when she wasn't there, and she contemplated prostitution as a means to earn money. '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 possibly get raped or kidnapped,' she said of this time in her life. During this period, she would see her maternal grandma on occasion.
Halsey is out and proudly bisexual. She dated a lady before beginning her singing career. She stated in March 2021 that she utilises both 'she/her' and 'they/them' pronouns. She dated Norwegian producer Lido, who worked on Badlands and inspired Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, from 2015 to 2016.
Halsey started dating rapper G-Eazy in 2017. They met at a party that year, and despite their disparate musical tastes, they found common ground for their collaboration 'Him & I,' which described their love and lifestyle. The couple split up in July 2018, after an on-again, off-again romance that lasted until September of that year. She subsequently revealed that her 2018 song 'Without Me' is about this relationship in part.
Halsey revealed in January 2021 that she was having her first child with scriptwriter Alev Aydin. Ender Ridley, their son, was born on July 14, 2021.
Halsey has been honest about her own health issues from the beginning of her career. In 2015, she said of her career, 'I'm just this fucked-up stoner kid who made it.'
Halsey was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016 and made the news public on Twitter. She blames her endometriosis for a miscarriage she had in 2015, while first claiming in 2016 that it was due to her busy touring schedule. She went on stage to perform on a tour just hours after discovering she was pregnant because she did not want to jeopardise her career by skipping a performance. In April 2018, she announced that she was planning to freeze her eggs after chronicling her endometriosis on the discussion programme The Doctors.
In 2018, Halsey talked honestly about her endometriosis and the agony it causes at the Endometriosis Foundation of America's Blossom Ball. 'Sometimes I'm swollen, I'm on an IV, I'm sick, I'm on medication, and I'm onstage, scared that I'm going to bleed through my clothing in the midst of my performance,' she said during the event. She informed the audience at the event that she wanted to speak out about her illness since the media often depicts her as having great physical health despite her health issues.
She had surgery in January 2017 in an effort to alleviate the discomfort caused by the disease. She hasn't revealed what kind of surgery she had. Halsey suffers from gluten intolerance. She announced on Twitter on August 14, 2019, that she has stopped smoking cigarettes after a decade.
Frangipane began composing music at the age of 17, and in 2012, she began uploading videos to social networking platforms such as YouTube and Kik, as well as Tumblr, under the handle se7enteenblack. She rose to prominence after performing a spoof of Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble,' which was inspired by Swift's romance with Harry Styles. She then composed a second song about their relationship, which was released online in early 2013. Frangipane went to a party in early 2014 and met a 'music person' who invited her to work on a song with him since he loved her voice.
Frangipane released 'Ghost,' a song about her ex-boyfriend, to SoundCloud some weeks after it was recorded. Within hours, the song became viral online, and she was approached by many record companies, with the song ultimately charting and reaching radio. She joined with Astralwerks because she felt they provided her with more creative freedom than other labels that approached her.
In August 2014, Halsey started touring with The Kooks, performing a variety of original songs. On October 27, 2014, she released her first extended play, Room 93. The EP debuted in the bottom tiers of the Billboard 200 and peaked at number three on the Top Heatseekers chart. She subsequently started working on her first studio album, which she debuted in 2015 at South by Southwest, where she was the most tweeted-about act of the night. In March, she co-headlined a tour with Young Rising Sons, and in June, she opened for Imagine Dragons on the North American leg of their Smoke + Mirrors Tour (2015).
Badlands was certified two times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for 2,000,000 unit sales in the United States. The album's four singles were certified Platinum in the United States: 'Ghost,' 'New Americana,' 'Colors,' and 'Castle.' The last three songs had modest financial success: 'New Americana' peaked at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, while '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 available on the deluxe edition of Badlands, but it quickly became one of the album's most popular songs and was certified Platinum in the United States.
Justin Bieber's fourth studio album, Purpose, features Halsey on the song 'The Feeling' (2015). The song was not formally issued as a single, but it did chart in the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold in the United States and Silver in the United Kingdom. Halsey was one of four female artists to collaborate with MAC cosmetics for their Future Forward collection in February 2016, and she launched a lipstick named after herself. 'It seems like a wonderful thing to be able to assist artists who are breaking through but aren't quite at the top top, to push them ahead,' said James Gager, the company's senior vice president and group creative director.
Halsey released the song 'Tokyo Narita (Freestyle)' in May 2016, which was produced by Lido. The song was released as a solo single and functioned as a promotional single for both her and Lido. She joined with 26 other musicians on the charity song 'Hands' in July 2016, which was an homage to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.
Halsey was featured as a singer on the Chainsmokers' track 'Closer,' which she also co-wrote, on July 29, 2016. The song was a commercial triumph, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks in a row, topping the charts in 12 other countries, selling more than 15 million copies worldwide, and becoming one of the most played songs on Spotify. On July 29, 2016, the official lyric video for 'Closer' was uploaded on YouTube and has already received over two billion views. Billboard magazine praised Halsey's solo verse, and the song garnered her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Prior to the release of Badlands, Halsey stated that she was working on her second studio album, with development on the project continuing throughout 2016 and 2017. She released the song 'Not Afraid Anymore' in January 2017; it featured on the soundtrack of the film Fifty Shades Darker (2017).
The first song from her second studio album, 'Now or Never,' was released on April 4th. The song debuted at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and subsequently peaked at number 17. The RIAA certified it as 2x Platinum. 'Now or Never' also charted in Australia and Malaysia, selling 500,000 copies outside of the United States. Prior to the album's release, two promotional singles were made available: 'Eyes Closed' and 'Strangers.'
The album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, was eventually released on June 2nd. It included more 'radio friendly' tracks than her prior work, which she ascribed to her goal to demonstrate that she was 'more than capable' of producing 'radio-ready' music. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, like her first, is a concept album about a couple of lovers in a Romeo and Juliet-like storey; the idea was inspired by her split with Lido. The album also emphasises Halsey's bisexuality as well as bisexual characters. The album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom debuted at the top of both the Billboard 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart.
In the United States, the first-week sales were 106,000 copies, with 76,000 of them being pure album sales. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, like her debut, was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Halsey became the first woman to have a number one album in the United States in 2017 as a result of its success. Halsey embarked on the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour to promote the album, which started on September 29, 2017, her twenty-third birthday. In 2017, the musician also performed surprise DJ sets at Emo Nite in Los Angeles. 'Bad at Love,' the second single from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, was released on August 22.
The song reached at number five in the United States, her best position as a lead artist at the time. The RIAA certified it 4x Platinum, and it sold over 300,000 copies outside of the United States. 'Him & I,' Halsey's duet with then-boyfriend G-Eazy, was released in December and subsequently peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA in the United States. The song has charted in the top 10 in 13 additional countries. Halsey also worked with Thirty Seconds to Mars on the song 'Love Is Madness,' which appears on their 2018 album America.
Halsey appeared as a musical guest on the American television variety programme Saturday Night Live on January 13, 2018, where she sang 'Bad at Love' and 'Him & I' alongside G-Eazy. She released 'Alone' on March 15, along with a reworked version featuring American rapper Big Sean and British rapper Stefflon Don. It was the third and last single from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, and a music video was released in April. The RIAA certified 'Alone' Platinum, and it peaked at number one on Billboard's Dance Club chart, but it only reached number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Halsey collaborated with Khalid on Benny Blanco's first song 'Eastside,' which was released on July 12th, along with a music video that discussed different aspects of Halsey's life. The song reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in five other countries. It received two Platinum certifications in the United States and sold over one million copies outside of the nation.
Halsey released her debut Capitol Records song, 'Without Me,' on October 4, 2018. She said that the song meant a lot to her. Following their second split, the official music video for 'Without Me,' starring a 'G-Eazy doppelganger,' was released on October 29. This song went on to become Halsey's most successful hit as a lead artist to date, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time. It topped the chart for two weeks in a row and stayed in the top five for 22 weeks. It also made it to the top three in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland.
The song has been certified three times platinum in the United States, twice platinum in the United Kingdom, and five times platinum in Australia and Canada. Because 'Without Me' reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Halsey became the seventh woman to have two number one singles on the list during the 2010s.
On February 9, Halsey returned to Saturday Night Live as both a host and a musical guest. Her performance was acclaimed, and the show's ratings increased as a younger audience tuned in. She stated in March that her third studio album will be released in 2019. Manic, the album's title, was ultimately published in January 2020. Halsey released the song 'Nightmare' on May 17, 2019, which debuted and peaked at number fifteen on the US Hot 100. She released her song 'Graveyard' on September 13, 2019.
Halsey featured on the Bring Me the Horizon EP Music to Listen To.... in December 2019. Oli Sykes, the band's singer, subsequently promised more collaborations, one of which was confirmed a month later to be the Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish-produced song 'Experiment on Me,' from the soundtrack of the superhero film Birds of Prey (2020), which was released on February 7, 2020. 'Be Kind,' a duet with Marshmello, was published on May 1, with the music video debuting on June 27. Halsey revealed on June 25, 2020, that her debut poetry collection, 'I Would Leave Me If I Could,' was now available for pre-order. On August 28, the same year, she released her debut live album, Badlands (Live at Webster Hall).
If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, Halsey's fourth studio album, was released on June 28, 2021, and was produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails. The album was well-received by critics.
Influences & Music Style
Her mother listened to The Cure, Alanis Morissette, and Nirvana as a kid, while her father listened to The Notorious B.I.G., Slick Rick, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and 2Pac. She has said that their musical choices had a significant impact on her. She has referred to Panic! at the Disco as the 'band that transformed my fucking life,' and she credits Lady Gaga with giving her the confidence to be herself. She has also cited Brand New, a Long Island rock band, as an inspiration and a favourite of hers, altering her Instagram biography to 'The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me,' a reference to their third album.
Taylor Swift, according to Halsey, is a big reason she always insists on creating her own songs. Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Manson, Beck, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, The Weeknd, Alex Turner, Bright Eyes, and the Wonder Years are among her other inspirations.
Halsey cites Dolores O'Riordan as a significant voice inspiration 'Dolores O'Riordan had a huge impact on me. I grew up listening to The Cranberries with my mother and learnt a lot about having an unusual singing voice from her. Dolores taught me how to utilise my voice in an expressive way, even though I wasn't technically trained... Her voice was lovely to me. And she was a kickass trailblazer in the rock landscape... Always a source of inspiration for me '..
'There are lots of bands I admire and respect,' the artist says, 'but I believe I'm most influenced by film.' Quentin Tarantino, Harmony Korine, and Larry Clark are among the filmmakers who have inspired her.
Halsey is known for her unique 'indie' singing style, which has elicited mixed reactions. She sings with a different accent than she speaks with. She is renowned for her work in pop, electropop, synth-pop, art pop, alternative pop, R&B, and indie music. According to Jon Caramanica of the New York Times, Halsey 'arrived as one of a wave of female pop rebels who appeared in the aftermath of Lorde's early-2010s recalibration of the genre's operational hierarchy.' 'Halsey's larger-than-life vision mixes the synthy gloom of Lorde, the neon-pop bravado of Miley Cyrus, and the flickering film noir of Lana Del Rey,' Billboard said of Badlands.
Halsey's music is inspired by her own experiences and tells a narrative. She uses her songs to express her bisexuality by writing about relationships with other women.
'One of the most inspirational things I've ever seen is watching live and seeing Adam use the microphone as a prop and I thought yeah, I'm going to do that,' she said of Adam Lazzara, the frontman of Taking Back Sunday.
During the 2016 presidential election, Halsey was an outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders, encouraging fans to vote for him. She and 26 other musicians were included on the charity song 'Hands' in July 2016, which was an homage to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre. During the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, Halsey supported Sanders again on March 11, 2020, encouraging fans to vote for him on social media and in a promotional film produced in collaboration with the Sanders campaign.
Halsey considers herself a feminist. Following the 2017 Women's March, she tweeted that she will give one dollar to Planned Parenthood for every retweet. She eventually donated $100,000 to the charity. During the 2018 Women's March, Halsey spoke to over 200,000 protestors. Instead of delivering a conventional address, she read a five-minute poem titled 'A Story Like Mine,' in which she shared personal experiences of sexual assault and abuse throughout her life.
Her own storey includes bringing her closest friend to Planned Parenthood after she was raped, her personal experience of sexual assault by neighbours and boyfriends, and women sexually abused by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar. She concluded her address by urging all sexual assault victims—'Black, Asian, poor, rich, trans, cis, Muslim, Christian'—to listen to and support one another. CNN's AJ Willingham said in a headline that 'Halsey's Women's March speech inspired people all around the globe.'
In March 2018, Halsey joined a slew of other celebrities in protesting at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. She chastised Ivanka Trump on Twitter in May 2018, claiming that she was too calm while her father, then-President Donald Trump, harmed immigrant children.
In November 2018, Halsey performed with many other musicians at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, but in December she chastised the business for failing to include transgender models in its different events, saying, 'As a part of the LGBT+ community, I have zero tolerance for exclusion. Especially not if it is driven by a stereotype.'
Later that month, she appeared on The Voice to sing her popular song 'Without Me,' and was chastised for 'sensually' dancing with backup dancer Jade Chynoweth. Many people, including Halsey, who supported the performance, saw the criticism as homophobic. She pushed for a greater presence of women in music in a January 2019 interview with Glamour. In April 2019, she and 29 other musical artists were included on the charity song 'Earth,' which raises awareness about climate change. In the aftermath of George Floyd's death, Halsey and Yungblud protested for racial justice in Los Angeles in May 2020.
She established The Black Artists Fund in June 2020 to offer financial assistance, tools, and a platform to black creators.