Halsey is the stage name of New Jersey native Ashley Frangipane It is an anagram of her first name and reference to the Halsey Street subway stop and street in Brooklyn where she used to live.
With over 14,000 friends on MySpace as a tween, she began posting covers of songs on YouTube. In 2012, she posted “The Haylor Song,” a parody of Taylor Swift’s hit song “I Knew You Were Trouble” that created controversy over the nature of the lyrics. Nevertheless, she had accumulated a respectable amount of online attention, reaching 16,000 subscribers on YouTube at the age of 18.
Halsey posted her first single “Ghost” on Soundcloud in 2014, which turned heads in her direction. Her close friend Anthony pretended to be her manager, accompanying her in various meetings with different record labels. After being signed to Astralwerks, she released her EP Room 93 in late 2014, with four of the five tracks carrying accompanying music videos, giving the EP a “visual” feel. She was the most mentioned artist online at SXSW 2015, which was evident by her ever-increasing fanbase – over half a million followers on Twitter at the age of 20!
In anticipation of her debut effort, Badlands, “Hold Me Down” was released as a pre-order single, followed by “New Americana,” the anthem of today’s diversified generation. Badlands was officially released on August 28th, 2015, which Halsey described as “an angry female record.” It also represents her mental state.
"For me, it was about creating a universe and making it so that people felt like they were actually being transported somewhere."
- Interview at Firefly Music Festival 2015 Read more...