HOPELESS FOUNTAIN KINGDOM
Billboard 200, Top Album Sales, Vinyl Albums, Digital Albums
(one week each)
“BAD AT LOVE”
Dance Club Songs (one week)
Halsey may have become a household name last year thanks to “Closer,” her ubiquitous No. 1 single with The Chainsmokers, but by the time that song broke, she was already selling out New York’s Madison Square Garden on the back of her visceral 2015 debut, Badlands, a Billboard 200 No. 2. So in setting up her sophomore effort, hopeless fountain kingdom, the 23-year-old multihyphenate focused on strengthening her ferocious connection to fans -- mostly through an immersive album backstory and interactive promotion, including fake Twitter accounts and scavenger hunts -- and on widening her artistic net. Working with her Norwegian ex, Badlands producer Lido, along with Benny Blanco, Ricky Reed and Greg Kurstin, Halsey diversified her sound and lined up major hits of her own, like Mainstream Top 40 No. 3 “Now or Never” and Dance Club Songs No. 1 “Bad at Love” -- and, ultimately, her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200.