Say Hello To Your Newest Obsession: HALSEY

What would you get if Taylor Swift transformed into a tattooed, edgy, buzz-cut babe—exuding raw sexual energy and cut-throat, brutally honest lyrics?

You would get HALSEY.

Say hello to my newest obsession. Cough-cough, slight girl crush, here.

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, 21-year-old singer and songwriter — better known by her stage name, Halsey — has been pursuing music since the age of 17. She originally planned to attend college and major in Fine Arts, but instead enrolled in community college as a creative writing major, after realizing her part-time singing gigs could not finance her academic aspirations.

After online videos the singer posted of herself singing garnered intense attention, she signed her first recording contract with Astralwerks in 2014. Her debut studio album, Badlands, released in 2015.

Halsey’s shimmery, electropop songs are drenched in vivid imagery and emotional lyrics. Her album embraces and celebrates the modern female experience in a refreshing, genuine, and honest way. Lines such as, You’re ripped at every edge but you’re a masterpiece, and I’m a wander-ess, I’m a one nights stand, Don’t belong to no city, Don’t belong to no man, serve as a reminder of what songwriters truly are at their core: poets.

Her music visits every topic: love, heartbreak, loss, depression, courage, confidence, young passion, desire, fear, success, addiction — the list goes on and on. Through her lyrics she owns her sexuality, owns her self-worth, owns her purpose, insecurities, dreams — she owns her shit, and she does it well.

In an interview, Halsey described Badlands as an “angry female record.” Yup, sounds about right. And it’s amazing. 

Basically, if you’re a girl with a brain and a beating heart—you’re going to like Halsey.

Since finding fame, Halsey has experienced criticism from fans about her ethnicity. She is of Italian, Hungarian, and Irish descent on her mother’s side and African American on her father’s side. However, Halsey physically appears to be fully white — not half-black. Living in the sometimes ridiculous world we do today, some have accused Halsey of lying about her mixed background. 

Halsey posted to Twitter to address the issue, “Please don’t erase my race because I’m white-passing. There is literally nothing I can do because of my complexion. I acknowledge the privilege that comes with seeming white, but I’m proud of my family and proud of my race and proud of myself…”

Being a white-passing mixed chick myself (half-arab, half-white), what do I love more than racially ambiguous people who have everyone around them questioning the boundaries and definitions of race itself? Answer: I love nothing more.

Hey Halsey, if you’re reading this, wanna be friends? I want to be you for Halloween 2016. Love ya, bye.

Danniah Daher

22-year-old writer, cat lover, runner. Buy me donuts and we can be friends.