After announcing that her fourth album would be produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Halsey has now revealed the project’s release date and cover artwork. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power arrives August 27 via Capitol Records. Check out the album artwork, which was unveiled in a video shot at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, below.
“This album is a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth,” Halsey explained on Instagram. “It was very important to me that the cover art conveyed the sentiment of my journey over the past few months. The dichotomy of the Madonna and the Whore. The idea that me as a sexual being and my body as a vessel and gift to my child are two concepts that can co-exist peacefully and powerfully. My body has belonged to the world in many different ways the past few years, and this image is my means of reclaiming my autonomy and establishing my pride and strength as a life force for my human being.”
She added: “This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired. We have a long way to go with eradicating the social stigma around bodies & breastfeeding. I hope this can be a step in the right direction!”
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