Halsey apologises for hoping basement of music site in World Trade Center would ‘collapse’

Singer responded to a negative review of her album ‘Manic’ by Pitchfork

Clémence Michallon
New York
Thursday 23 January 2020 21:40
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Halsey on 27 November 2019 in Sydney, Australia.
Halsey on 27 November 2019 in Sydney, Australia.

Halsey has deleted a tweet jokingly hoping for the collapse of a music website’s headquarters – which she wrote without realising that the website in question is based in the World Trade Center.

The singer initially responded to a negative review of her new album Manic by the website Pitchfork in a tweet that read: ”Can the basement that they run p*tchfork out of just collapse already.”

Pitchfork is a Condé Nast title, having been purchased by the media group in 2015. Like all Condé Nast brands, the website is based out of One World Trade Center, which was built after the original site was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.

NBC reporter Ben Kesslen highlighted that fact in reaction to Halsey’s tweet, writing: ”Losing my mind thinking about the person on Halsey’s team who had to tell her she just called for the collapse of One World Trade.”

Halsey eventually deleted the tweet and explained she had chosen to remove it after becoming aware of the situation.

“ABSOLUTELY deleted it upon realising this,” she said, retweeting Kesslen’s message.

“Was just trying to make a joke! Intended zero harm. Just figured I could poke at them [Pitchfork] back with the same aloof passive aggression they poke at artists with! Clearly a misunderstanding.”

Pitchfork’s review of Halsey’s album states that parts of the record sound like the “chameleonic pop I’ve come to associate with sitting miserably in the backseat of a Lyft”.

“Despite some missteps, Halsey’s appeal is clear: It’s a singularly difficult time to be a young person, and she is warmly attuned to that reality,” the review reads in part.

The Independent gave the album four stars.

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