Halsey is back and is more powerful than ever before!
The bisexual singer just announced her newest album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, and they did it in the most epic way possible!
Featuring a photo by Lucas Garrido, the album cover shows Halsey as a queen and Madonna figure, one breast out, with a baby sitting on her lap as she sits on a golden throne. It’s epic, it’s iconic, it’s strong. It’s going to be one of the best albums of the year.
On their Instagram, Halsey also teased a bit about the album, which is set to come out 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 art conveyed the sentiment of my journey over the past few months. The dichotomy of the Madonna and the Whore. The idea that me as a sexual being and my body as a vessel and gift to my child are two concepts that can co-exist peacefully and powerfully.”
She continued: “My body has belonged to the world in many different ways the past few years, and this image is my means of reclaiming my autonomy and establishing my pride and strength as a life force for my human being.”
She also wants the art to help end stigmas around bodies and breastfeeding, saying the cover “celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired."
The album artwork reveal was paired with an instantly iconic video following the beautifully pregnant singer as she walks silently around the Metropolitan Museum of Art looking for inspiration.
One painting she stops by is Guido Reni’s “Charity,” which depicts the virtue of a woman holding and breastfeeding three children. Next, she walks to a section of the museum housing paintings depicting the Madonna and child including, “Virgin and Child with Saint Catherine of Alexandria” by Anthony van Dyck.
Halsey also stood in front of the painting "Esther before Ahasuerus," by the female Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. The painting depicts the Jewish heroine Esther fainting before the Persian King Ahasuerus when she’s asking him to stop a massacre of Jewish people.
Seeing as the singer is pregnant with her first child, the parallels and message are clear. Halsey is a mother, a queen, a deity. And they’re going to be celebrating that on this new album, and giving us the gift of sharing it with us.
Halsey announced they were pregnant early this year. They’re having their first baby with screenwriter Alev Aydin after having previous miscarriages.
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and comes out August 27.