If I Can’t Have Love, I Want PowerThe FOURTH album by HalseyProduced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross pic.twitter.com/BbUx2htDkY— h (@halsey) June 28, 2021

Update, July 7: Halsey confirmed in an Instagram post that If I Can’t Love, I Want Power will be released on August 27. A ten-second teaser signifies that Halsey’s sonic direction will be punk rock as opposed to her previous pop earworms, which makes sense, given that spooky cuties Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross served as producers. “It was very important to me that the cover art conveyed the sentiment of my journey over the past few months. Days after astute social-media users posted that numerous billboards have been plastered in major cities announcing a new album, Halsey confirmed today that If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is its official title. Now give us the release date (for both babies!), woman! Just a year and a half after releasing her most recent album, Manic, Halsey has announced the next era of her discography. My body has belonged to the world in many different ways the past few 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 be admired. Glitter eye shadow for everyone! The idea that me as a sexual being and my body as a vessel and gift to my child are two concepts that can co-exist peacefully and powerfully. “This album is a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth,” she explained. The dichotomy of the Madonna and the Whore. We have a long way to go with eradicating the social stigma around bodies and breastfeeding. Photo: Halsey/YouTube

We haven’t been this excited since the premiere of Roadies. This fourth album also comes at a new and fulfilling time in Halsey’s personal life: She’s pregnant with her first child with screenwriter Alev Aydin, which comes after she suffered several miscarriages because of endometriosis. She also unveiled the album cover, which is influenced by Renaissance-era imagery. It’s go time. I hope this can be a step in the right direction!”

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