If you haven’t yet fallen head-over-heels in love with Halsey and her music, get ready to meet your new favorite artist. You may recognize the catchy melody of her first hit single, “Ghost,”
Her music’s unique combination of pop beats and indie/alternative vibes has garnered comparisons to everyone from Lana Del Rey to Lorde.
Here are some facts about her:
1. Her Real Name Isn’t Halsey.
Her real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane; Halsey is both an anagram of her given name and an ode to a street she once lived on in Brooklyn.
2. She’s Got Kickass Hair.
Seriously, this girl has some amazing locks. Whether she’s borrowing thecolors from the neon rainbow or the cut from Ruby Rose, she’s proven she not only can pull off virtually every ‘do
3. Her PR Game Is Off the Charts.
And by that we mean her word-of-mouth PR, mostly. At this year’s SXSW festival, Halsey snagged the top spot on the lists for two important Twitter statistics: most-mentioned artists and most-mentioned emerging artists. Let’s face it, people simply cannot stop talking about this up-and-coming star.
4. Her First Album, Badlands, Was Released in August.
Though we’ve been hearing about Halsey for a while, her first album was only just released on Aug. 28. While last year’s EP, Room 93, held us over, we now (finally!) got a full album to put to this burgeoning star’s name.
5. Badlands Is a “Concept Record”.
For those who knew Halsey back in 2012 when she first hit the scene, the wait for her first album may have felt eternal — but it was undeniably worth it. Halsey describes Badlands as a “concept record,” channeling a “post-apocalyptic, futuristic society” interpreted as an allegory for her own mental state. An artist in the true sense of the world, her work is inspired and uniquely original.
6. She Had No Representation When She Released “Ghost”.
When she independently released “Ghost” in 2012, it essentially became a hit overnight. She was suddenly being chased by multiple record labels and had to enlist a friend to pretend to be her manager while shopping offers.
7. It Takes Her 20 Minutes to an Hour to Write a Song.
8. She Rocks Tattoos Like a Boss.
Adding to her completely badass look and attitude, she has an impressive amount of tattoos. While she’s got quite a few to brag about, one of our
favorites is the “511” tattoo on her arm — in honor of her brother’s birthday.
9. She Knows Her Junk Food.
Whether she’s posing with a cupcake or tweeting about her obsession with Shake Shack, Halsey loves her junk food.
10. She’s Not Afraid to Take Chances.
Whether it’s on stage, in her writing, or with her style choices, we wouldn’t be surprised if Halsey’s personal life motto is “take chances.”
11. SHE MAJORED IN SONG WRITING WHEN SHE HAD TO ENROLL IN A COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
At 18, Halsey was struggling financially, so when it was time to go to college, she had to enroll in a community college.
12. THE TERM “TRI-BI” HAS BEEN USED TO DESCRIBE HER.
Halsey identifies as bisexual, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 17 years old, and has a black father and white mother, making her biracial.As a result, the term “tri-bi” was spread online when describing her, and she hates it.