Halsey Signs Publishing Deal With BMG
Halsey has signed a global publishing deal with BMG. The deal includes administration of future songs as well as her recently released single “So Good” and the Calvin Harris-led collaboration “Stay With Me” (also featuring Justin Timberlake and Pharrell).
Previous to this announcement, both Halsey’s recorded music and publishing were handled by Universal Music Group’s Capitol Records and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Her compositions written prior to the new BMG deal, including the critically acclaimed If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power (2021), will remain under UMPG’s care.
Halsey says of the deal, “I’m thrilled to announce this partnership with BMG. I was immediately drawn to their artist friendly, songwriter-first mentality and I’m looking forward to taking this journey with my new BMG family.”
One of the industry’s brightest stars today, Halsey, born Ashley Frangipane, became a cult-favorite with their debut album Badlands (2015), an alt-pop compilation that revealed their distinctive sound as both a singer and writer to her followers on Tumblr and to the world. From there, Halsey broke through to the mainstream as the top liner on Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” which reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 and stayed there for twelve weeks. The song eventually broke the record for most weeks in the Hot 100’s top five, with 26 weeks (or six months).
Halsey has remained a top-earning artist ever since, charting on Billboard’s U.S. Money Makers list for 2020, and the singer-songwriter bolstered that monetary success with the critical and artistic acclaim of Manic (2020) and If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power (2021). Beyond the music, Halsey is also an accomplished author, activist, and entrepreneur. Their book I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list for 2020, and their makeup brand about-face beauty, an inclusive beauty line for all, is a top seller. Through her music and business pursuits, Halsey is known for drawing attention to important causes, including women’s rights, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Jason Aron and Anthony Li, Halsey’s co-managers at Anti-Pop, said, “BMG’s creative and refreshing approach to publishing is very exciting. Thomas and his team globally, have welcomed us with open arms. We appreciate their passion and dedication to putting artists first.”
Thomas Scherer, president of repertoire & marketing, Los Angeles and New York, said, “Halsey is an inspiration, a multi-faceted creator with a voice that hits you straight in the heart. We are prepared to present them everything we can offer, with our team’s full support around the world from Australia to Asia, Europe to LATAM, and all throughout North America. We welcome Halsey and their team to BMG and look forward to working alongside with them to elevate them to a whole new level.”