Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is out tomorrow (June 2). With Halsey’s second full length comes lofty expectations. Can she outsell her Platinum-certified debut Badlands? Can “Now or Never” be her first single to crack the top 10? Is she ready to seize a place amongst the industry’s biggest pop stars?
These are all daunting questions for a 22-year old artist who, just a few years ago, was scraping together money to ride the train from New Jersey to New York City to kick it with friends and make music in Brooklyn. Fortunately, this week’s #AlternativeFacts podcast features a guest who knows Halsey from the very beginning.
Billboard contributor/all-around music internet star Paige Williams was a marketing assistant at Universal Records when Halsey first signed with its imprint Astralwerks. Remembering her Tumblr-famous parody songs, Williams jumped at the opportunity to work with the young artist.