It feels to me like contry artist Kelsea Ballerini is on the verge of crossover stardom. I don’t think the 26-year-old Tennessee singer-songwriter is destined to reach the heights of her friend and supporter Taylor Swift, but maybe she’ll be another Maren Morris or Kacey Musgraves.
Ballerini released her third album, kelsea, on March 20. It fits firmly in the country-pop lane that Swift perfected on her first few albums, with a couple of tracks that lean a little more Top 40.
‘Colors’ is the third single from Halsey’s debut album Badlands, released in 2015. Since then Halsey has become a pretty big deal, releasing nine Top 20 singles, five of which reached the Top 10 and two of which hit #1.
My older daughter has been on the Halsey train since before this album dropped. I’m half a fan through osmosis, though I’ve never really been grabbed enough by her music to listen to either of her albums all the way through.
I still have some 2018 wrapping-up to do, including diving into Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll when that’s released and naming my own top music and movie moments of last year, but I’m kicking off 2019 with a look at where the Billboard charts stand one week into the year.
Yes, it’s the latest edition of ‘What the Kids are Listening To,’ though you’ll find this installment comes with a heavy dose of nostalgia due to the holiday season.
I almost made it through the whole Top Ten without hitting a song I’ve already featured, but alas, #10 is ‘Feel It Still’ by Portugal, The Man, which I blogged about three weeks back.
So I close out this look at the charts with the #11 song, Halsey’s ‘Bad At Love,’ from the singer-songwriter’s sophomore album hopeless fountain kingdom.
It’s time again for my quarterly look at “What the Kids are Listening To!” I will highlight the songs sitting at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and decide whether or not I have faith in the future of humanity — or at least humanity’s taste in popular music.
Sitting at #1 this week, as it has for the past three, is ‘Closer,’ by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey. This is the first #1 song for both acts.