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HALSEY - HOPELESS FOUNTAIN KINGDOM

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Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
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5749922
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Vinyl record
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Synth-Pop on Limited Clear & Teal Vinyl.

Halsey opens Hopeless Fountain Kingdom by reading a passage from William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, a sign that she's intent on achieving grand things with her second album. The time is right for a great leap forward. Badlands, her 2014 debut, established Halsey as a possible contender for Lorde's brooding throne, but she received her breakthrough singing on the Chainsmokers' smash 2016 single "Closer." Both events inform Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which casts a far wider net than Badlands. Where that album essentially dedicates itself to EDM-inspired pop, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom uses that sound as an anchor that allows Halsey to dip her toe into stark singer/songwriter confessions ("Sorry"), hip-hop ("Lie," featuring a verse by Quavo of Migos), soul ("Alone"), and a healthy dose of pop songs designed for mass exposure. It's a slight shift, but it's notable particularly because it helps differentiate the songs from one another. This doesn't always happen -- the first half of the record tends to bleed together into one pulsating neon smear -- but when the melodies are sharply articulated and the production not so cloistered, the tracks seem distinct, even memorable. "Alone," that foray into smooth soul, is chief among these cuts, rivaled by the soaring "Bad at Love" and "Strangers," where Halsey laments that her lover "doesn't kiss me on the mouth anymore." Same-sex love songs remain a rarity in the pop music of the 2010s, and while that's a sly reveal of how Halsey represents a generational shift, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom as a whole feels quintessentially 2017 in how it jumbles styles and sentiment, streamlining a teeming, contradictory culture into something smooth, glassy and easy to digest.

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a1
The Prologue
a2
100 Letters
a3
Eyes Closed
a4
Alone
a5
Now Or Never
a6
Sorry
b1
Good Morning
b2
Lie
b3
Walls Could Talk
b4
Bad at Love
b5
Strangers
b6
Devil In Me
b7
Hopeless

Last FM Information on Halsey

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Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known professionally as Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. Her stage name is a reference to the Halsey Street station of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn, and is an anagram of her first name. Halsey's music is categorized as indie pop ballads, usually based on her personal experiences. Her awards and nominations include four Billboard Music Awards, four iHeartRadio Music Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, one GLAAD Media Award, one Global Award, a Guinness World Record, a MTV Video Music Award and a Grammy Award nomination. Outside of her career, she has been involved in suicide prevention awareness and sexual assault victim advocacy. Frangipane signed her first recording contract with Astralwerks, and released her début EP Room 93 in 2014. Her début studio album Badlands (2015) reached number two on the US Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Halsey appeared as a featured artist on The Chainsmokers' 2016 single "Closer", which reached number one on several national charts, including in the United States and the United Kingdom. Halsey's second studio album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017) was preceded by the single "Now or Never", which became her first top 40 entry as a lead artist. On May 17, Halsey released the single "Nightmare", which debuted in the top fifteen of the US. On September 13, 2019, she released the single "Graveyard". During September 2019, Halsey announced that her third studio album Manic would be released in January 17, 2020, and she would be having a world tour in support of her third studio album. The singer will play 19 shows during the first leg, scheduled to take place in Europe between February and March 2020. She released another single, "Clementine", on her birthday, September 29, 2019. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.


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