Halsey makes arena headlining debut next week — performs at PPG Paints Arena
Halsey will play her third Pittsburgh show in as many years next week. But this time around, it will be on her first arena headlining tour.
She will perform Oct. 10 at PPG Paints Arena on her “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” world tour.
Her current tour is promoting the album of the same name, released June 2. Halsey's sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, which is no small feat for the New Jersey native who writes her own music — not a common thing in pop music.
She is the first woman to claim the top spot on the chart in 2017. The last woman to top the chart was Lady Gaga, one of Halsey's idols, in November 2016 with her album “Joanne.”
Since the album's release four months ago, Halsey has been all over the magazine rack, appearing on the covers of Paper, Playboy, Flaunt, and most recently, Billboard. In addition, she's made the rounds on late night programming, playing “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”
On her previous stops in the Steel City, Halsey opened for alt rock band Imagine Dragons on the Smoke + Mirrors tour in June 2015. Her first headlining gig came at Stage AE on Aug. 9, 2016, for the Badlands tour, promoting the album of the same name that has since gone platinum.
The recipient of the 2016 Billboard Women in Music's Rising Star award has put out two LPs and an EP, that include the songs “Colors,” “Bad at Love,” “New Americana,” and others.
But some may know her best for the breakout hit “Closer,” a collaboration with EDM pop duo The Chainsmokers.
But she's not relying on one song to carry her career.
“‘Closer' was an amazing experience. I love The Chainsmokers. Having that record changed my life, it was my biggest radio song of all time,” Halsey told radio.com in a June interview. “But I think that it would be foolish and I think it would be lazy of me to chase that formula for the rest of my life.”
The 23-year-old performer is playing 30 dates on her first venture into large sports venues. She's no stranger to them, but she wasn't the star of the show before.
“I'm playing arenas for the first time of my own headline accord,” Halsey said. “I've opened for Imagine Dragons and the Weeknd in arenas before, so I have a little bit of practice; but controlling an arena of my own is definitely a much different monster that I need to tackle.”