Badlands (Halsey album)

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Badlands
Halsey - Badlands.png
Studio album by Halsey
Released August 28, 2015 (2015-08-28)
Recorded 2014–2015
Genre
Length 40:03
Label Astralwerks
Producer
Halsey chronology
Room 93
(2014)
Badlands
(2015)
Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
(2017)
Singles from Badlands
  1. "Ghost"
    Released: March 9, 2015
  2. "New Americana"
    Released: July 10, 2015
  3. "Colors"
    Released: February 9, 2016
  4. "Castle"
    Released: April 8, 2016

Badlands is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Halsey. It was released on August 28, 2015, by Astralwerks.[1][2] Badlands debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 97,000 copies. The album was preceded by the release of two singles, "Ghost" and "New Americana". The third single from the album, "Colors", was released on February 9, 2016. A new version of the song "Castle" was released as the album's fourth single to promote the feature film The Huntsman: Winter's War. "Roman Holiday" was featured in the second season of the TV series Younger and "I Walk the Line" was featured in the teaser trailer for the film Power Rangers.

Title and music[edit]

The name "Badlands" refers to Halsey's state of mind while writing the album, to give a physical place as a metaphor for a desolate and lonely mind.[3] Musically, the album is mainly rooted in electropop,[4][5][6] alternative pop,[7] and synth-pop,[8] and features industrial undertones.[4]

Production[edit]

According to Halsey, Badlands is a concept album focusing on the fictional dystopian society known as The Badlands. A desert wasteland surrounds the city, keeping the inhabitants of The Badlands captive.[9] The album was inspired by post-apocalyptic films such as The Fifth Element. After writing the first few songs, Halsey realized the entire concept was a metaphor for her mental state. Halsey states she created the Badlands to escape from her real-life struggles. In her opinion, the metaphor was even with no escape, there is still hope there is somewhere else to go.[9] Lido served as the album's executive producer.[10]

Singles[edit]

"Ghost" was released as Halsey's debut single on October 27, 2014, with an accompanying music video filmed in Tokyo, which was directed by Malia James and Ryan Witt.[11] "Ghost" was released to radio on April 7, 2015.[12] Halsey announced "New Americana" as the second single from the album, which was officially released on July 10, 2015.[13] The official music video for "New Americana" came out on September 25, 2015.[14] "New Americana" peaked at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100.[15] "Colors" serves as the official third single. It was released to alternative radio on February 9, 2016.[16] The fourth single, "Castle", was released on April 8, 2016, along with a soundtrack version for the film The Huntsman: Winter's War.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[18]
Alternative Addiction4.5/5 stars[19]
Pitchfork4.9/10[20]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[21]
ViceA−[22]

In a review for Pitchfork, Nathan Reese wrote, "Reading interviews with Halsey you get the sense of a canny and talented performer, one who legitimately wants to connect with fans. But the public persona only comes through on Badlands in fits and starts, and there isn't a single subversive or original second on the album." About the chorus on "New Americana", he commented "Like most of Badlands, it's calculated, defiant, and, ultimately, hollow."[20] In a short review, Rolling Stone's Joe Levy called Halsey a "new popstar with a knack for sticky imagery".[21] The album was included at number six on Rock Sound's top 50 releases of 2015 list.[23]

Commercial performance[edit]

Signposted by its prominent chart visibility on iTunes, Badlands amassed a healthy number of pre-order sales ahead of its release; according to a Hits Daily Double report, nearly 40,000 by August.[24] The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with a total of 115,000 equivalent units (97,000 in pure album sales), which marked the highest-charting album released by the Astralwerks record company so far.[25] As of June 2017, the album had sold 520,000 copies in the US.[26]

The album debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart, selling 8,225 copies in its first week. By June 2017, it had sold 106,804 copies in the United Kingdom.[27] Elsewhere, Badlands reached number two in Australia, number three in New Zealand and Ireland, number five in the Netherlands, and number 10 in Belgium (Flanders).

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[28]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Castle"Lido4:37
2."Hold Me Down"The Futuristics3:24
3."New Americana"
Lido3:03
4."Drive"
  • Anderson
  • Aron Forbes[a]
  • Chris Spilfogel[a]
4:18
5."Roman Holiday"Captain Cuts3:21
6."Colors"
  • Frangipane
  • Dylan Bauld
Dylan William4:09
7."Coming Down"
  • Frangipane
  • Justyn Pilbrow
Pilbrow3:43
8."Haunting"
  • S.A.
  • Charlie Hugall
  • Heavy Mellow[a]
4:20
9."Control"Lido3:34
10."Young God"Frangipane
3:00
11."Ghost"Scott2:33
Total length:40:03

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies a remixer

Sample credits

  • "Hold Me Down" contains a sample of "Easy" by Son Lux.
  • "New Americana" contains an interpolation of "Juicy Fruit" by Mtume.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the deluxe edition of Badlands.[32]

  • Halsey – vocals
  • Tim Anderson – all instruments (except guitar), programming (track 4); production (tracks 4, 5)
  • Jason Aron – management
  • Sarah Barlow – photography
  • Jayda Brown – children's choir (track 3)
  • Captain Cuts – production (track 6)
  • Ryan Del Vecchio – A&R administration
  • Aron Forbes – additional production, guitar (track 4)
  • The Futuristics – production (track 2)
  • Dan Grech-Marguerat – additional programming, mix
  • Emma Gunn – children's choir (track 3)
  • Levi Gunn – children's choir (track 3)
  • Heavy Mellow – additional production (tracks 12, 15)
  • Garrett Hilliker – art direction
  • Charlie Hugall – production (track 12)
  • Tim Larcombe – production (track 10)
  • Merit Leighton – children's choir (track 3)
  • Anthony Li – management
  • Lido – production (tracks 1, 3, 13–15); additional production (track 10); executive producer
  • Pete Lyman – mastering
  • Sam Miller – production (track 16)
  • Justyn Pilbrow – production (track 11)
  • Mason Purece – children's choir (track 3)
  • Steve Schofield – photography
  • Dylan Scott – production (track 7)
  • S.A. – production (track 12)
  • Trevor Simpson – production (track 16)
  • Chris Spilfogel – additional production, additional programming (track 4)
  • Jeremy Vuernick – A&R
  • Dylan William – production (tracks 8, 9); additional production (track 15); vocal production (all tracks)
  • Yung Gud – additional production (track 10)

Tour[edit]

The Badlands Tour[33] was the first headlining concert tour by American singer-songwriter Halsey, launched in support of the album. The tour began on September 30, 2015 at the House of Blues in San Diego, California, and concluded on September 18, 2016 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.[34]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[65] Gold 35,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[66] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[67] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[68] Gold 106,804[27]
United States (RIAA)[69] Platinum 1,000,000[26]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various August 28, 2015 [29]
Philippines June 17, 2016 CD
[70]

References[edit]

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