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Halsey Releases Brand New Track “Without Me”

After a whirlwind year, in the middle of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour, Halsey dropped her first solo single of 2018, “Without Me” on Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe on October 4. Along with this being her first solo single of the year, it’s also the first song she’s written using her actual name, Ashley.

“I think that’s what I’m kind of getting at. It’s like it’s not protected by some character or some subplot. It’s like this is really me talking about my life. It kind of gave me like an existential crisis as an artist a little bit because for so long I’ve prided myself on being an artist who’s authentic and writes about her life and all that stuff. And then I made this, and I felt just how bad it hurt.” Halsey explained in her Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe.

Halsey revealed how deeply she felt about the whole process of the song, saying she “cried the whole time” while recording “Without Me,” but now, she feels “proud and empowered,” she revealed on Twitter. She also added that this song will not be included on an album because it is its own record.

“No wig, no colorful hair, no character, and it’s about my life and about my relationship that the world has watched so closely and so vehemently in the past year and a half. My fans are really going to be like whoa [at] all the video content. Everything behind the song is just me. It’s me in a white T-shirt, with normal hair, singing to the camera. No character, no cinematography, no gunfight or car explosion.”

“Questioning your purpose and your effort in a relationship can be confusing and draining, but it’s important to self-reflect and know your worth and value,” Halsey explained.

In the bridge of the song, she samples a bit of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” using the lyrics, “Does it ever get lonely/ Thinking you could live without me?”

Listen to Halsey’s new single “Without Me” HERE:

You can also watch Halsey’s Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe HERE.

Featured Image: Instagram (@iamhalsey)

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