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Halsey (singer)

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Halsey performing in 2015
Background information
Birth name Ashley Nicolette Frangipane
Born (1994-09-29) September 29, 1994 (age 22)
Washington, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Electropop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
Years active 2014–present

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994),[1] known professionally as Halsey (/ˈhɔːl.zi/),[2] is an American singer and songwriter. In 2014, she signed her first recording contract with Astralwerks and released her debut EP, titled Room 93. Her debut studio album, Badlands, was released in 2015. Her professional name, Halsey, is a reference to the Halsey Street station of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn[a] as well as an anagram of her first name, Ashley.[3]

Early life

Halsey was born as Ashley Frangipane in Clark, New Jersey, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Nicole, who works for security in a hospital, and Chris Frangipane, who manages a car dealership.[4][5] She is of Italian, Hungarian, and Irish descent on her mother's side and African-American on her father's side.[6][7] Halsey has two younger brothers, Sevian and Dante.[5] Growing up, Halsey played the violin, viola, and cello until moving onto the acoustic guitar when she was 14.[8] In one of her first interviews, Halsey stated she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder around the age of 16 or 17.[9] When she was 18, Halsey encountered financial trouble and music became a way to pay her rent.[non sequitur] She played numerous acoustic shows in different cities under various stage names.[8] She chose "Halsey" as her moniker because it is an anagram of her real name as well as a street in Brooklyn where she spent a lot of time as a teenager.[10] Halsey originally planned on going to college to major in fine arts, but after realizing she could not afford it, she instead enrolled in a community college as a creative writing major.[11]

In an interview, Halsey allegedly used the term "tri-bi" (biracial, bisexual, and bipolar) to identify herself,[12] although she has since distanced herself from it, claiming she was misquoted.[13]


2012-2016: Early beginnings and Badlands

Halsey began her career by posting cover songs on YouTube under her real name. In 2012, she recorded a parody of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" called "The Haylor Song" about Swift's relationship with One Direction member Harry Styles, and posted it on her Tumblr account.[14] In 2014, Halsey recorded a song called "Ghost" and posted it on SoundCloud.[15] The song gained Halsey attention and she signed with the Astralwerks record label. She subsequently released her debut EP titled Room 93 on October 27, 2014.[16] Four of the five songs on the extended play contained an accompanying video.[8]

Halsey toured with The Kooks in 2014 as the opening act.[17] At South by Southwest in 2015, Halsey was the most talked about performer of the festival on Twitter.[18] Through March and April 2015, Halsey led a co-headlining tour with Young Rising Sons.[19] She also supported Imagine Dragons on the Smoke + Mirrors Tour during the North American leg between June and August 2015.

Her debut album, Badlands, was released on August 28, 2015.[20] In an interview, Halsey described Badlands as an "angry feminist record,"[21] but later commented she had been misquoted and actually meant to refer to it as an "angry female record," though she does identify with the feminist movement.[22] In an interview with Billboard in June 2015, Halsey announced that she had already begun writing material for her second studio album.[23] To promote her music, Halsey has been featured in a few interviews and performances, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Last Call with Carson Daly.[24][25] The album included three singles, with the third "Colors" released on 7" and as a five track remix EP "Complementary Colors".[26]

In May 2016 she released the song "Tokyo Narita (Freestyle)" produced by Lido.[27][28] Halsey provided guest vocals to The Chainsmokers' single "Closer", which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.[29]

2017: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

In March 2017, Halsey announced via Twitter that her second studio album, titled Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, is set to be released on June 2.[30] The lead single from the album, "Now or Never", was released on April 4, 2017.[31]

On May 4, 2017, Halsey released "Eyes Closed" as the second single from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.[32]


Halsey is an electropop artist.[33][34][35] Growing up, Halsey's father listened to The Notorious B.I.G., Slick Rick, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and 2Pac while her mother listened to The Cure, Alanis Morissette, and Nirvana. She says this has influenced her.[10] She has called Panic! at the Disco the "band that changed [her] fucking life”[36] and credits Lady Gaga for giving her the strength to be herself.[37] Halsey has mentioned Long Island rock band Brand New as both an influence and a favorite of hers, once changing her biography on Instagram to "the devil and God are raging inside me", a reference to their third album of the same name.[38] The biggest influence on her live performances is Adam Lazzara, the frontman of Taking Back Sunday,[39] as she said "One of the most inspiring things I’ve ever seen is watching [Taking Back Sunday] live and watching Adam use that microphone as a prop and I thought yep, I’m gonna do that."[40] Halsey's other influences include Kanye West,[41] The Weeknd,[42] Amy Winehouse,[43] and Bright Eyes,[40] as well as the film directors Quentin Tarantino, Harmony Korine, and Larry Clark.[44] She has said "there's plenty of musicians that I love and respect, but I think that I'm the most inspired by cinema."[44]



Opening act

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Result
2015 MTV Europe Music Awards Artist on the Rise Herself Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Breakout Artist
NME Awards[45] Best New Artist
Billboard Women in Music[46] Rising Star Won
2017 Grammy Awards Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Closer" (with The Chainsmokers) Nominated
Album of the Year Purpose (as featured artist)
iHeartRadio Music Awards[47] Song of the Year "Closer" (with The Chainsmokers)
Dance Song of the Year Won
Best Lyrics Nominated
Best Collaboration
Billboard Music Awards[48] Top Hot 100 Song Won
Top Selling Song Nominated
Top Radio Song
Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Top Streaming Song (Video)
Top Collaboration Won
Top Dance/Electronic Song


  1. ^ Halsey's name can be based off either the station on the L train, the station on the J train, or both. In a Rolling Stone interview, Halsey did not clarify which station she based her name off of.[3]


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  27. ^ "Halsey And Lido Link Up For New Surprise Track, "Tokyo Narita (Freestyle)"". Complex UK. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Halsey Returns With The "Tokyo Narita Freestyle"". The FADER. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  29. ^ "The Chainsmokers & Halsey's 'Closer' Climbs to No. 1 on Hot 100". Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
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  42. ^ Kazemi, Alex (August 27, 2015). "Halsey On Satire, Sexuality And Finding Solace In Music". Oyster. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  43. ^ Thurmond, Alexandra (April 11, 2015). "Sound Scout: Meet Halsey, Songstress Who's Making Waves With Her Feminist Pop Mystique". Teen Vogue. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
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  45. ^ "One Direction está entre os indicados ao prêmio de Pior Banda do Ano da NME". 
  46. ^ "Shania Twain to Receive 'Icon' Award, Halsey Named 'Rising Star' at Billboard Women In Music 2016". Billboard. October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
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