In this week’s “Music Video Evolution” series, Billboard is taking a look back at every single music video Halsey has released, beginning with 2014’s “Hurricane.” Halsey’s debut EP, Room 93, spawned a handful of linked videos, including “Hurricane,” “Trouble,” and “Ghost,” as the singer explained to Vice that she wanted the EP to have a cinematic element to it.
“There are three separate couples that are all different ages and are all connected to the room which lends this supernatural quality,” she explained of the connection between the visuals. “All of the videos end up connecting: the ghosts of the ‘Hurricane’ video are the ghosts that are haunting the characters in the ‘Ghost’ video.”
Next came the Hunger Games-esque “New Americana” in 2015, followed by her Justin Bieber collaboration. “The Feeling.” In 2016, Halsey starred alongside Tyler Posey in the Tim Mattia-directed “Colors,” went regal for her Huntsman: Winter’s War cut “Castle,” and dropped her chart-topping hit with The Chainsmokers, “Closer.”
Halsey co-directed “Now Or Never” alongside Sing J Lee in 2017, and speaking of the video — inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet — the singer explained in a statement, “On its own, the song is about two impatient young lovers, but in the context of the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom universe, the stakes are much higher for these two star-crossed lovers.” That story continued when the directing duo teamed up again for “Bad at Love” later that year and for 2018’s “Sorry.”
This year, Halsey has also joined forces with Big Sean and Stefflon Don for “Alone,” faced off against Lauren Jauregui in a boxing match in “Strangers,” and most recently shared the visuals for “Without Me.”
Speaking of “Without Me,” Halsey told Zane Lowe, “It’s just me. No wig, no colorful hair, no character, and it’s about my life and about my relationship that the world has watched so closely and so vehemently in the past year and a half…It’s just me in a white t-shirt with normal hair, just singing to the camera – no character, no cinematography, no gunfight/car explosion stuff like I usually do.”
You can watch all of these videos, and more, above.