6 songs to listen to if you love Halsey's 'Now or Never'
Halsey returned with her trippy opus — and second studio album — hopeless fountain kingdom earlier this month. The ambitious set became the first No.1 album from a female artist on the Billboard 200 chart in 2017 (it has since been followed by LPs from both Katy Perry and Lorde). “Now Or Never,” its lead single, has been bouncing around the Top 20 of the Hot 100 and has received over 100 streams on Spotify so far.
The 22-year-old pop adventurist penned the tune with Rihanna-cohort Starrah (you can thank her for “Needed Me,” off Rih’s 2016 collection ANTI). If the track has struck a nerve you like, there’s plenty more raw-edged bangers floating around the internet you might enjoy. EW’s favorite swaps are below.
Charli XCX, “Dreamer” feat. Starrah and RAYE
Starrah has been busy in 2017. As well as serving as a guest vocalist, the 27-year-old songsmith also wrote this attitude-laden track off Charli XCX’s February mixtape. If “Now Or Never” sees its protagonist wrestling with a doomed relationship, this is the punchy, better-than-ever aftermath. “I’m a dreamer,” the chorus echoes. “Step, step out the Beemer/ Angels in the clouds rain down, best believe it.”
Bryson Tiller, “Somethin’ Tell Me”
Is there a concept more torturing and relatable than that of star-crossed lovers? Both Tiller and Halsey combat such an inevitable reality in their cuts — while both also embrace sensuous, trap-soul beats.
Melanie Martinez, “Tag, you’re It”
Turn the bass way up. The Voice alum embraces a low-end familiar to Halsey fans while weaving a tale of sexual assault, where she plays both the victim and the aggressor.
Zella Day, “Hypnotic”
Love is all-consuming — and both these women know it. “Said you know I wanna keep you around,” Halsey spits. “‘Round forever, hey, hey, hey/ I want you to love me now, now, now, now, now, now.” Day isequally lovesick on her 2015 EP, countering, “You got me talking in my sleep/ I don’t wanna come back down/ I don’t wanna touch the ground.” That they both toy with an electro-R&B sensibility, well, that’s just fitting, isn’t it?
MØ, “Waste of Time”
The Danish singer has been catapulted to the top of the charts a couple times in recent years, thanks to prime placement on behemoth singles like “Lean On” from dance music trio Major Lazer and “Don’t Leave,” her collab with production duo Snakehips. But on her solo material, like this track off her 2014 LP, she embraces a nihilistic, love-me-forever-or-never-speak-to-me-again viewpoint similar to Halsey’s.
Cashmere Cat, “Quit” feat. Ariana Grande
A powerhouse female vocalist, lyrics lamenting the shackles of an unfit romance, and ace production from Norwegian export Cashmere Cat. Are we referring to “Now Or Never” or, streaming above, “Quit”? Try both.