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Taylor Swift Shows Support for Halsey’s New Album ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’

On Aug. 27, Halsey released her new album 'If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power.' The album includes elements of rock and pop music and was produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. On social media, Taylor Swift praised Halsey's new album and encouraged fans to buy 'It I Can't Have Love, I Want Power.'

On Aug. 27, Halsey released If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, her fourth studio album. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power was produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and the release of the album was accompanied by an IMAX film of the same name. After If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power dropped, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift praised Halsey’s album and encouraged fans to give it a listen.

A joined photo of singer-songwriters Taylor Swift and Halsey
(L-R) Taylor Swift and Halsey | JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images; Don Arnold/WireImage

Taylor Swift wants fans to buy Halsey’s album

Following its release, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power received critical acclaim. The album includes elements of rock and pop music, and it takes Halsey’s sound in a new direction that fans had only previously heard hints of in songs like “Nightmare” and “Experiment on Me.”

It appears Swift is a huge fan of the album too, and on Aug. 27, the singer-songwriter praised her friend on social media.

Swift tweeted, “I’m blown away by @halsey’s artistry and commitment to taking risks. Giving us all a brave new era to dive into and explore together. If I can’t have love, I want power is out now- please stream and buy the album!!”

Halsey shared Swift’s tweet and replied, “Thank you T means so so much.”

‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ is a concept album

Halsey gave birth to her first child, Ender Ridley Aydin, on July 14. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power follows Halsey’s experience with pregnancy and motherhood.

In an Instagram post, they wrote:

“This album is a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth. 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. 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.”


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Halsey collaborated with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Reznor and Ross are known for their work in the rock band Nine Inch Nails. The two have also won Academy Awards for scoring The Social Network and Soul, and they earned a Grammy Award for creating the score of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

In an Instagram post, Halsey shared details of their experience working with Reznor and Ross, writing:

“7 years ago I was 19 and in an apartment in New York working on my debut album and waxing poetic about wanting to make a record that felt like ‘industrial pop à la Nine Inch Nails’. I was not brave enough nor experienced enough to nail such a conquest. Years went by of facading confidence, whilst shrinking beneath the weight of my own imposter syndrome. As it would have it fate, or hard work, or something lead me to Trent and Atticus. They saw a festering crack in my armor and forced it open from miles away. This is the album I have always wanted to make, but never believed I was cool enough. There are not enough words to thank them for taking a chance on me and lending me their genius talent. I hope you love our very unlikely and very special matrimony.”

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is available in stores and on streaming and music-purchasing platforms.