Benny Blanco and Halsey: The Dynamic Duo Behind Some of the Biggest Hits
If you are a fan of pop music, chances are you have heard of Benny Blanco and Halsey. These two artists have collaborated on several songs that have topped the charts and won awards, such as “Eastside”, “I Can’t Get Enough”, and “You Should Be Sad”. But who are they and how did they become such a successful team?
Benny Blanco: The Hitmaker
Benny Blanco is a producer, songwriter, and singer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Maroon 5. He has produced or co-written more than 100 songs that have reached the top 10 on various charts around the world, and has won five Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and two iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Benny Blanco started his career as a teenager, making beats in his bedroom and sending them to artists he admired. He caught the attention of Dr. Luke, who signed him as a producer and mentored him. He soon became one of the most sought-after producers in the industry, known for his catchy melodies, versatile style, and ability to create hits across different genres.
Halsey: The Star
Halsey is a singer, songwriter, and activist who has risen to fame with her distinctive voice, honest lyrics, and eclectic sound. She has released three studio albums, Badlands, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, and Manic, all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the RIAA. She has also scored six top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “Without Me”, “Bad at Love”, and “Closer” with The Chainsmokers. She has won two American Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award, one GLAAD Media Award, and one MTV Video Music Award.
Halsey started her career as an indie artist, posting songs on social media platforms like YouTube and SoundCloud. She gained a loyal fan base with her raw and relatable songs that reflected her personal experiences with bipolar disorder, sexuality, and identity. She signed with Astralwerks in 2014 and released her debut EP Room 93 later that year. She quickly rose to mainstream popularity with her debut album Badlands in 2015, which showcased her unique blend of pop, rock, and electro influences.
Benny Blanco and Halsey first met in 2015 when they worked on “The Feeling” for Justin Bieber’s album Purpose. They hit it off instantly and became close friends. They decided to work on more songs together, both for Halsey’s own projects and for other artists. They also developed a playful chemistry that translated into their music.
One of their most successful collaborations is “Eastside”, which also features Khalid. The song was released in 2018 as Benny Blanco’s debut single as an artist. It tells the story of Benny Blanco’s and Halsey’s childhoods in Virginia and New Jersey respectively, and how they pursued their dreams of making music. The song was a global hit, reaching number one in several countries and earning more than a billion streams on Spotify.
Another popular collaboration is “You Should Be Sad”, which was released in 2020 as the fourth single from Halsey’s album Manic. The song is a country-inspired breakup anthem that showcases Halsey’s vocal range and emotion. Benny Blanco co-produced the song with Greg Kurstin and co-wrote it with Halsey. The song peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and received positive reviews from critics.
Benny Blanco and Halsey have proven to be a dynamic duo that can create amazing music together. They have expressed their admiration and respect for each other in several interviews and social media posts. They have also hinted at more collaborations in the future.
As Benny Blanco said in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music: “We’re always working on stuff. We’re always sending each other ideas. We’re always like ‘Yo, what do you think of this? What do you think of that?’ … We just have fun making music together.”