Who is Halsey?

“Closer” By The Chainsmokers and Halsey is number one on iTunes.

Cassiana Pozzi, Entertainment editor

     “There’s an old man sitting on the throne and he’s saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut,” are the infamous words that Ashley Frangipane uttered, launching her into the music spotlight. Ashley, better known as Halsey, has been songwriting since she was 17 and today, at the age of 21, she has a number single on iTunes with The Chainsmokers.

     Halsey’s music can be described as alternative pop with her unique, gritty lyrics that are based upon life in the city. Her experiences within the city can be heard through her lyrics for songs such as “Hurricane” and “Drive”.

     Not only is she known for her tumblr-like lyrics, Halsey also represents the LGBTQA+ community, being that she is bisexual. She is very open about that subject and encourages others fans to be themselves. Another thing Halsey has spoke of in interviews is the fact that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 16 or 17. Halsey is also biracial with an African American father and Italian American mother. Although she is very open when talking about herself, Halsey doesn’t talk about her early, home life in interviews too much, but explains that she spent sometime on the streets of Brooklyn and paying rent with the money she made performing acoustic shows. After going to a community college for creative writing, Halsey started her career by posting song covers to Youtube and got recognition after making a parody to “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Two years later, Halsey released “Ghost”, which gained attention in the eyes of Astralwerks record label. In October, 2014, she released her first EP titled Room 93. Later that year, Halsey toured, and was an opening act for The Kooks.

     Since then, Halsey has become a symbol in the alternative music world and has a large fan base across America. At South by Southwest in 2015, Halsey was given the title of most talked about performer of the festival on Twitter. A month later in 2015, Halsey led a co-headlining tour with Young Rising Sons and continued on in June to support Imagine Dragons on the Smoke + Mirrors Tour in North America. Her debut album, Badlands, was released in August of 2015, which she described as an “angry feminist record.”

     Halsey has proved herself to be more than just a music artist, and being in this day and age, she has defied gender roles while speaking out about equality for women and LGBTQA+ rights. Halsey finds inspiration in artists such a 2Pac and Nirvana along with the film director Quentin Tarantino and Harmony Korine. In an interview, Halsey stated, “Being a musician people ask you a lot about what musicians inspire you, and there’s plenty of musicians that I love and respect, but I think that I’m the most inspired by cinema.”