Halsey is back and stronger than ever!
The bisexual singer just announced her new album If I can’t have love, I want power, and they did it in the most epic way possible!
With a photo of Lucas Garrido, the album cover shows Halsey as a queen and Madonna figure, one breast out, with a baby sitting in her lap as she sits on a golden throne. It’s epic, it’s iconic, it’s strong. It will be one of the best albums of the year.
On their Instagram, Halsey also teased a bit about the album, which is set to be released on August 27, 2021.
“This album is a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth,” the singer said. “It was very important to me that the cover conveyed the feeling of my journey over the past few months. The dichotomy of Madonna and Harlot. The idea that me as a sexual being and my body as a vessel and gift to my child are two concepts that can coexist peacefully and powerfully.
She continued, “My body has belonged to the world in different ways over the past few years, and this image is my way to reclaim my autonomy and establish my pride and strength as a life force for my human being.”
She also wants the art to help end the stigma around bodies and breastfeeding, saying the cover “celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired”.
The album cover reveal was paired with an instantly iconic video following the beautifully pregnant singer as she silently strolls through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of inspiration.
A painting she stops at is Guido Reni’s ‘Charity’, which depicts the virtue of a woman holding and nursing three children. Next, she heads to a section of the museum housing paintings depicting the Madonna and Child, including “Madonna and Child with Saint Catherine of Alexandria” by Anthony van Dyck.
Halsey also stood in front of the painting “Esther before Ahasuerus”, by Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. The painting depicts the Jewish heroine Esther fainting before the Persian king Ahasuerus as she asks him to stop a massacre of Jews.
Since the singer is pregnant with her first child, the parallels and the message are clear. Halsey is a mother, a queen, a deity. And they’re going to celebrate that on this new album, and give us the gift of sharing it with us.
If I can’t have love, I want power is produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and premieres August 27.
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