"The whole reason you make a record is to figure stuff out about yourself."
Halsey's forthcoming album, hopeless fountain kingdom (out June 2), is shaping up to be massive. The Badlands singer tells Rolling Stone it features collaborations from Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia), Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran) and Ricky Reed (Twenty One Pilots) and centers around a "pair of lovers in a limbo-like realm that connects to the futuristic setting of the previous album."
These characters are a manifestation of the emotions that have flooded out of the alternative pop star all at once (by the way, "'alternative' used to mean alternative rock," she says, "but I think in 2017 the word 'alternative' means alternative pop"). "I'm a purger," she says. "I bottle everything up and purge it all out of me. That's why I write so quickly. It's like I'm vomiting months of psychoanalysis."
"The whole reason you make a record," she says, "is to figure stuff out about yourself." That's where her obsession with Romeo and Juliet comes into play. "I had killed off a version of myself just so we could make our love work," she said. "Sometimes you're in a relationship for so long and you become a different person. You lose yourself because you change for that person." In the end, she says, "I put the seal on that relationship and fully purged myself of the feelings for that person at the same time as I finished my record."
Rolling Stone also mentions Kurstin is behind a piano ballad featured on the record. "A lot of my sound has been attributed to this experimental pop production style," she says, "so stripping a song back is unique for me."
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Halsey also touched on her massive surge to the top of the charts with The Chainsmokers. "It threw me into the deep end," she says of "Closer." "I went from being this underground blog girl to being this mainstream thing."