Halsey's third album Manic: Release date, track list, collaborations and everything you need to know
13 September 2019, 15:24 | Updated: 13 September 2019, 16:07
Halsey has been teasing details about her upcoming third studio album Manic. Here's everything we know so far.
Halsey blessed us with the chart-topping Romeo + Juliet inspired hopeless fountain kingdom in June 2017 and after a number of huge singles alongside artists like G-Eazy ('Him & I'), Benny Blanco ('Eastside'), BTS ('Boy With Luv'), YUNGBLUD ('11 Minutes'), as well as solo song 'Nightmare', and she's now getting ready to release her third studio album.
Yesterday (Sept 12) in a livestream, Halsey confirmed that her new album would be called Manic. The album will be released on January 17th.
Over the course of 7 hours and 36 mins (!!!) in an empty warehouse, Halsey painted alone, and in silence, what was eventually revealed to be her album cover.
That wasn't the only announcement. Halsey has also released a new song, 'Graveyard'. Hit play below to hear the new song and watch a time-lapse of the painting.
Halsey - Graveyard (Time-lapse)
The full thing can be found over here if you have some time to kill.
Following the release of her very personal single 'Without Me' in October 2018, fans started wondering what Halsey will bring to the table on her next record. What will the vibe be? Will it be more personal? Will the album follow the narratives of Badlands and HFK or will it be totally different?
So, when Halsey stopped by PopBuzz HQ (Nov 5), we asked and she gave us a few snippets of how the process is going. And by the sounds of things, fans are going to love what she's got coming next.
Here's everything we know so far about Halsey's next album:
When will Halsey's next album be released?
Manic will drop January 17th.
In an interview with PopBuzz earlier this year, Halsey shared some insights into the creative process behind the album.
"I've started collecting, which is something I do before I make an album. I go through and I collect movies I really like, other songs I really like, images, colours, screen grabs from films, poetry of my own..."
"I take all these ingredients, put them together and look at it all and just go: 'what does this mean, and what is the common theme in all of this that attracted me to it?"
Once she's got all that in place, she says it takes her "about a month" to write an album.
Halsey Manic tracklist - What are the song titles?
A final tracklist has not been confirmed yet BUT according to album information on Apple Music, the album features 16 songs, including 'Graveyard' and 'Without Me'. But it looks like '11 Minutes', 'Boy With Luv' and 'Nightmare' will not make the cut.
new album is nothing like HFK same way HFK was nothing like badlands. it’s not fun for me unless it’s— h (@halsey) September 1, 2019
🌈 total reinvention 🌈 https://t.co/yvnuNDxKrV
What's the concept of the Manic album going to be?
Halsey is keeping her cards a little closer to her chest for now, seeing as she's still working on getting it all together... but we do know this: it will be another concept album.
"I don't think I could ever not make a concept record," she told PopBuzz. "I don't think I could ever just put out an album that's just a collection of random songs. It's not in my nature."
So, as always, we can probably expect a strong storyline and narrative, repeated themes and maybe even some more raw and personal tracks like 'Without Me', where she says she was able "speak her truth." As for the concept itself? "I think this concept for this album is probably going to be one sentence long. I can probably sum it up in one sentence."
While she didn't spill the tea on what that sentence will be, she did say that when she's ready, the fans "will know because [she'll] make it very blatantly, blatantly clear."
Halsey also revealed to fans on Twitter in March 2019 that writing the album has "been a lesson in forgiving [herself]."
She wrote: "I hope when it’s finally in your hands it brings you that same peace. It’s not a quiet peace. It’s a loud one."
Writing this album has been a lesson in forgiving myself. In being proud of myself and kind to myself despite how much this world is designed to make you hate yourself. I hope when it’s finally in your hands it brings you that same peace. It’s not a quiet peace. It’s a loud one.— h (@halsey) March 26, 2019
What is Halsey's next album called?
Manic. Have you not read any of the above?
Will there be any collaborations on the album?
Considering that there were a handful of features on hopeless fountain kingdom, there's a possibility that some collabs will make an appearance on Manic.
Halsey said she's keen to collaborate with both Brendon Urie and Lauren Jauregui (for a second time) but whether or not those collabs will even happen, let alone make it onto the next record, remains to be seen. So far, nothing has been confirmed.
On Twitter, she revealed that she is working with Cashmere Cat again, who was one of the producers on HFK and featured on 'Hopeless'.