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Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known by her stage name Halsey /ˈhɔːl.zɪ/, is an American singer/songwriter and recording artist. She started songwriting at the age of 17. In early 2014, she signed her first recording contract with Astralwerks. In late 2014, Halsey released her debut EP, titled Room 93. Halsey released her debut studio album, Badlands, in August 2015, which included two tracks from Room 93: "Ghost" and "Hurricane". Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 2.1 2014–present: Room 93, Breakthrough and Badlands 3 Artistry 4 Discography 4.1 Studio albums 4.2 Extended plays 4.3 Singles 5 Tours 6 Notes 7 References 8 External links Early life Halsey was born in New Jersey as Ashley Frangipane. She has two younger brothers, Dante and Sevian. She is biracial, with an African American father and an Italian American mother. She had musical roots growing up, originally playing the violin, viola, and cello until moving onto the acoustic guitar when she was 14. The first song she learned to play on the guitar is said to be Taylor Swift's song 'Fifteen'. Around the age of 16 or 17, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. When she was 18, Halsey encountered financial trouble and music became a way to pay her rent. She played numerous acoustic shows in different cities under various stage names. She chose Halsey as her moniker because it is an anagram of her real name as well as a street in Brooklyn where she spent a lot of time as a teenager. Halsey originally planned on going to college to major in fine arts but instead enrolled in a community college as a creative writing major after realizing she couldn't afford it. Halsey is bisexual. Career 2014–present: Room 93, Breakthrough and Badlands Halsey began her career by posting cover songs on YouTube under her own name. Her first break hit in 2012 when she recorded a parody video of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" called "The Haylor Song." In 2014, Halsey recorded a song called "Ghost" and posted it on SoundCloud. The song gained Halsey attention and she signed with the Astralwerks record label. She subsequently released her debut EP titled Room 93 on October 27, 2014. Four of the five songs on the extended play contained an accompanying video. At South by Southwest in 2015, Halsey was the most talked about person on Twitter. Recently, she produced a tribute to Jaden Smith with her Norwegian ex-boyfriend, Lido (Peder Losnegård). Halsey toured with The Kooks in 2014 and is traveling across the US, along with musical artist friends Young Rising Sons, and OLIVVER. On this tour, she has been singing songs from the EP, and singing new songs, including "Colors", "Control", "Castle", "Haunting" and "Roman Holiday". Through March and April 2015, Halsey led a co-headlining tour with Young Rising Sons. She also supported Imagine Dragons on the Smoke and Mirrors Tour during the North American leg between June 3, 2015 and August 1, 2015. Her debut album, Badlands, a concept album, was released on August 28, 2015. In an interview, Halsey described Badlands as an "angry feminist record," but later commented she had been misquoted and actually meant to refer to it as an "angry female record". In an interview with Billboard on June 21, 2015, Halsey announced that she had already begun writing material for her second studio album. Halsey has been featured in a few interviews and performances, including Last Call with Carson Daly. Artistry Halsey is described as a indie pop singer. Growing up, Halsey's father listened to The Notorious B.I.G., Slick Rick, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and 2Pac while her mother listened to The Cure, The Cranberries, Nirvana, and Alanis Morissette. She says this has influenced her as a musician and her style. She references these influences in her track "New Americana". Discography Studio albums List of studio albums Title Album details Peak chart positions US AUS BEL CAN IRE NLD NZ SWE UK Badlands Release: August 28, 2015 Label: Astralwerks (2547360342) Formats: CS, CD, DL, LP 2 2 10 3 3 5 3 13 9 Extended plays List of studio albums, with selected chart positions Title Album details Peak chart positions US US Heat US Alt. US Rock Room 93 Release: October 27, 2014 Label: Astralwerks (2547223807) Formats: CD, DL, 12" vinyl 159 3 20 37 Singles List of singles, with selected chart positions Title Year Peak chart positions Album US US Alt. IRE ITA UK "Hurricane" 2014 — — — — — Badlands "Ghost" — — — — 87 "New Americana" 2015 95 22 89 91 184 Tours Headlining Badlands Tour (2015) Co-headlining The American Youth Tour (2015) (with Young Rising Sons) Opening act ? (The Kooks) (2014) Smoke + Mirrors Tour (Imagine Dragons) (2015) The Madness (The Weeknd) (2015)