Ashley Frangipane, more commonly known as Halsey, is a singer-songwriter who has been climbing the charts since 2014. She was born in Edison, New Jersey in 1994 and started writing music when she was 17 years old, releasing it on Tumblr, and eventually signing with record label Astralwerks.
Her 2017 album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, topped the Billboard 200 chart at number one. Since then, her fame has grown. She’s sold over one million albums and has been streamed nearly six billion times in the United States.
Manic, Halsey’s third album, was dropped on January 17th, 2020 through Capitol Records. The artist released a few singles prior to the album, including “You Should Be Sad”. The album features some guest appearances, including John Mayer, Dominic Fike, and Megan Fox.
The album is set to be promoted through the Manic World Tour, which will tour Europe, South America, and the U.S. In her Rolling Stone cover article, Halsey described Manic as a sampling of “hip-hop, rock, country… it’s literally just, like, whatever I felt like making; there was no reason I couldn’t make it”.
The artist has expressed a deep personal connection to her new album both on social media and in private interviews. Her honest reveal into her bipolar disorder, as expressed on her Twitter page, went viral and many have connected the album to her coming to terms with her own mental health.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine, Halsey opened up more about her bi-polar disorder, which she has been diagnosed with since age 17. Her vulnerability and honesty have made her an attractive celebrity to many fans, who admire how “real” Halsey is willing to be, both with the media and her music.
Halsey’s feminism is one of the driving factors of her music, especially with releases like “Nightmare” in the summer of 2019. The song was especially timely, showcasing the rage of many people during a time of abortion bans and other restricting limitations on American citizens.
Halsey takes an even more intimate approach to her activism and personal struggles with Manic. Tracks “You Should Be Sad” and “Beautiful Stranger” seek to discuss her struggles with relationships and breakups. Meanwhile, “Still Learning” takes a more interior look at her pursuit of self-love and care.
The album is a brilliant example of an artist reaching her fans by being honest about her past struggles with addiction and mental health and being a survivor of sexual assault. The raw and emotional sonic journey that Halsey takes us on in Manic is not one to miss.