Welcome to Halsey‘s nightmare.
The “Without Me” hitmaker has kicked off what appears to be a new era with the release of the punky single “Nightmare” and its bloody, brawling, and fire-filled video. In it, Halsey’s angry but emboldened as she spits dauntless declarations like “I’m no sweet dream but I’m a hell of a night” and “No, I won’t smile but I’ll show you my teeth.” That’s exactly what she does in the clip, which co-stars Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, and a cluster of uniformed schoolchildren as members of her badass girl gang.
This one’s more in line with Halsey’s hard-hitting Yungblud and Travis Barker collab “11 Minutes” than, say, “Bad At Love,” and it’s a thrilling taste of what her third album could sound like.
“Nightmare” arrived on Thursday night (May 16), just a week after she announced the single during an intimate show in New York City. A couple weeks prior, the 24-year-old wiped her Instagram feed — the universal sign that a pop star is about to begin a new era — and subsequently teased the song with fan-friendly lyric scavenger hunts and more IG posts.
It’s unclear if “Nightmare” will be another standalone single like “Without Me” or if it’ll proceed a new project, but all signs point to the latter. If so, it may be her biggest album to date — it’s been two years since her last LP, 2017’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, and since then, she’s only seen her star power rise, thanks to her first No. 1 single, “Without Me,” and her Top 10 hit with BTS, “Boy With Luv.” In short, it’s been anything but a nightmare.