How This Singer Broke Into Mainstream Music

Halsey is a familiar name on the Billboard Hot 100. Her latest album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, sent her all over the world touring this summer. Her single “Now or Never” is getting a ton of radio play.

Here’s how Halsey broke into mainstream music.

1. She chose a stage name to make herself stand out.

Halsey’s given name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane. She chose the moniker “Halsey” as an anagram of Ashley. It’s also a reference to the New York City subway’s Halsey Street station. The stage name caught listener’s attention both online and on the radio.

2. She self-released music online.

In 2012, Halsey began posting her own music online. She uploaded songs to sites like YouTube and Tumblr. Her parody of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” garnered a lot of attention on social media.

3. She collaborated with a band and created a top hit.

In 2016, Halsey lent her vocals to the Chainsmokers for their song “Closer.” The collab quickly climbed to the top of the music charts, where it continued to dominate for weeks. The success of “Closer” propelled Halsey into mainstream music.

Halsey broke into mainstream music by first making a name for herself online. She then collaborated with a pop band, which propelled her to the top of the charts.

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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.

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