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Badlands (stylized as BADLANDS) is the debut studio album by American electropop artist Halsey. It was released on August 28, 2015 through Astralwerks Records.

Background

On December 1, 2014, Halsey officially announced that the theme for her debut album would be "badlands" via her Twitter account.[1] Following this, the album artwork was revealed via Halsey's Twitter and Instagram profiles on May 29, 2015.[2][3] On June 1, 2015, the album became available for preorder.[4]

The standard edition of the studio album features 11 tracks, one of which is also featured on Halsey's Room 93 EP ("Ghost"). The Target and digital exclusive deluxe editions of the album feature four additional tracks, which include "Hurricane" (also from Room 93), "Colors, Pt. 2", "Strange Love" and "I Walk the Line".[5]

Singles

"Ghost" was released as the lead single from the album on October 27, 2014. "New Americana", the second single, was released on July 10, 2015. It went on to peak at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] "Colors" was released as the third single on February 9, 2016. The fourth and final single, "Castle", was released on April 9, 2016.

Commercial success

As of March 2017, the album has sold over 494,000 copies in the United States, and it has been certified platinum by the RIAA. Prior to it's release, Badlands had amassed around 40,000 preorders and ultimately debuted and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.[7] It sold 97,000 copies during its first week of sale.

Track listing

Standard Tracks[8]
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Castle"  Ashley Frangipane, Peder LosnegårdLido 4:37
2. "Hold Me Down"  Frangipane, Joseph Khajadourian, Alex Schwartz, Ryan LottThe Futuristics, Losnegård 3:24
3. "New Americana"  Frangipane, Larzz Principato, Kalkutta, James MtumeLosnegård 3:03
4. "Drive"  Frangipane, Tim AndersonAnderson, Aron Forbes, Chris Spilfogel, Losnegård 4:18
5. "Roman Holiday"  Frangipane, Ben Berger, Ryan McMahonCaptain Cuts, Losnegård 3:21
6. "Colors"  Frangipane, Dylan BauldDylan William, Losnegård 4:09
7. "Coming Down"  Frangipane, Justyn PilbrowPilbrow, Losnegård 3:43
8. "Haunting"  Frangipane, Charlie Hugall, Chris Hugall, Rob TortelliHugall, Heavy Mellow, Losnegård 4:20
9. "Control"  Frangipane, Roy Kerr, Tim BranLosnegård 5:23
10. "Young God"  FrangipaneLosnegård, William, Heavy Mellow 3:00
11. "Ghost"  Frangipane, Dylan ScottScott, Losnegård 2:33
Total length:
40:03


Deluxe Edition[9]
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
5. "Hurricane"  Frangipane, AndersonAnderson 3:43
6. "Roman Holiday"  Frangipane, Ben Berger, Ryan McMahonCaptain Cuts, Losnegård 3:21
7. "Ghost"  Frangipane, Dylan ScottScott, Losnegård 2:33
8. "Colors"  Frangipane, Dylan BauldDylan William, Losnegård 4:09
9. "Colors, Pt. 2"  Frangipane, BauldWilliam, Losnegård 1:36
10. "Strange Love"  Frangipane, Jim EliotTim Larcombe, Losnegård, Yung Gud 4:07
11. "Coming Down"  Frangipane, Justyn PilbrowPilbrow, Losnegård 3:43
12. "Haunting"  Frangipane, Charlie Hugall, Chris Hugall, Rob TortelliHugall, Heavy Mellow, Losnegård 4:20
13. "Gasoline"  Frangipane, LosnegårdLosnegård 3:19
14. "Control"  Frangipane, Roy Kerr, Tim BranLosnegård 5:23
15. "Young God"  FrangipaneLosnegård, William, Heavy Mellow 3:00
16. "I Walk the Line"  Johnny CashSam Miller, Trevor Simpson, Losnegård 2:45
Total length:
55:33


Japanese Edition[10]
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
17. "Is There Somewhere"  FrangipaneBauld 3:31
18. "Empty Gold"  Frangipane, Chris Braide, Scott, Christian MediceEliot, Medice 4:18
19. "Trouble"  Frangipane, BraideBraide 3:34
20. "Hurricane" (Arty Remix)Frangipane, ScottScott, Artem Stolyarov 3:44
21. "Ghost" (Lost Kings Remix)Frangipane, ScottScott, Lost Kings 3:09
22. "Trouble" (Sander Kleinenberg Remix)Frangipane, BraideBraide, Sander Kleinenberg 3:05


Deluxe Box Set 7" Vinyl[11]
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "You(th)" (Demo)Frangipane  1:01
2. "Drive" (Demo)Frangipane, Anderson  4:34

Trivia

  • The name "Badlands" is a reference to Halsey's state of mind while writing the album. It is to give a physical place as a metaphor for a desolate and lonely mind.
  • The "badlands" are the outside of hotel room 93.
  • The tracklist was posted in code before it was announced, giving fans the chance to figure it out for themselves.. The lyrics to the first promotional single, "Hold Me Down", were also posted in the HTML code.
  • There is an accompanying website that Halsey runs. It can be found here.
  • Badlands went platinum the same day as Halsey's song with The Chainsmokers, "Closer", did.
  • In the album booklet, the letters "HFK" can be found. This is the acronym for her second studio album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.
  • On July 10, 2015, "Drive" leaked in Mexico due to a release mixup.
  • Badlands was featured 2 times in Apple emails.[12]

Gallery

Badlands Photoshoot

References

  1. Badlands Announcement
  2. Badlands Album Artwork Release on Twitter
  3. Badlands Album Artwork Release on Instagram
  4. Badlands Pre-order Announcement
  5. Badlands CD and Deluxe Tracklist
  6. Halsey's Billboard Chart History
  7. Halsey - Chart History
  8. Standard Tracklist
  9. Deluxe Tracklist
  10. [1]
  11. Deluxe Box Set
  12. https://twitter.com/dcntplcy/status/871881015576408065
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