It’s time to go. Photo: Halsey/YouTube
We haven’t been this excited since the premiere from roadies. Just a year and a half after releasing her most recent album, Manic, Halsey has announced the next era of its discography. Glitter eyeshadow for everyone! Days after smart social media users Posted that countless billboards have been plastered in major cities to announce a new album, Halsey today confirmed that If I can’t have love, I want power is the official title. A ten-second teaser hints that Halsey’s sonic direction will be punk rock as opposed to her earlier pop earwigs, which makes sense given the ghostly cuties Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross served as producers. This fourth album also comes at a new and satisfying moment in Halsey’s personal life: She is pregnant having her first child with screenwriter Alev Aydin, which comes after she suffered several miscarriages due to endometriosis. Now give us the release date (for both babies!), woman!
Update, July 7: Halsey confirmed in an Instagram post that: If I can’t love, I want power will be released on August 27. She also unveiled the album cover, which is influenced by Renaissance-era imagery. “This album is a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth,” she explained. “It was very important to me that the album cover reflected the sentiment of my journey over the past few months. The dichotomy of the Madonna and the Whore. The idea that I as a sexual being and my body as a vessel and gift to my child are two concepts that can coexist peacefully and powerfully. My body has been out of the world in many different ways over the years, and this image is my means of reclaiming my autonomy and establishing my pride and strength as a life force for my human being.”
Halsey clarified that the cover image “celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful to admire. We still have a long way to go in eradicating the social stigma surrounding the body and breastfeeding. I hope this can be a step in the right direction.” to be!”