I've been telling people ever since it came out that Bieber's "Love Yourself" needs to be more angry and not sound so supportive. Thank you Halsey for hearing my plea.
If you haven't gotten into Halsey, there's no better time than now. The singer, who guests on Justin Bieber's Purpose with "The Feeling," just delivered a solid rendition of another Purpose track, "Love Yourself." Appearing on Australian radio station Triple J's "Like a Version," Halsey has masterfully tweaked the lyrics and sound just enough to give the song that much more edge (and a reason for you to finally let yourself love the song in public). Feel the burn, indeed. – cosmopolitan.com
But Halsey doesn't fit neatly into a box. She's half-black/half-white, openly bisexual (two cuts of the steamy "Ghost" video alternately pair her with a man and a woman) and struggles with bipolar disorder, which she says made her an "unconventional child" who grew up to be an "inconvenient woman." In between, she lived a precocious, wildly bohemian lifestyle. She began reading Lolita and The Great Gatsby at age 7. At 14, she picked up an acoustic guitar and started doing YouTube covers. (That's how she befriended 5SOS, who were doing the same.) Later, there was a visit to a commune in Vermont and road trips to Montauk, N.Y., to break into strangers' beach houses. But most vital was her time living in the lofts off Halsey Street in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood, where she found her stage name, also an anagram for Ashley. – Billboard.com
Let's keep an eye on Halsey. We know she doesn't mind being open, original, and a little rough around the edges when she needs to be. Can't wait to see what she does next.