Without Me – Halsey
“Without Me” is a song by American singer Halsey, released as a single on October 4, 2018, through Capitol Records. It was written by Halsey, Delacey, and Amy Allen; while being produced by Louis Bell. It interpolates “Cry Me a River“, with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Scott Storch credited as co-writers. The track became Halsey’s first number-one song as a lead artist on the US Billboard Hot 100, and her second overall, following “Closer” with The Chainsmokers in 2016.
During a performance in London on September 23, 2018, Halsey teased visuals for “Without Me” before announcing it would be released on October 4. The song premiered on Zane Lowe’s World Record radio show on Beats 1, and was followed by an interview about the song. It is her first solo song since her 2017 album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
“Without Me” was written by Halsey with Delacey, and Amy Allen; while its production was done by Bell. It is a mid-tempo pop and R&B break-up song, which comprises an atmospheric blend of synths in its production. The song’s bridge contains an interpolation of the pre-chorus of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”.
Many people have speculated the song and music video are about ex-boyfriend, G-Eazy, as they had recently split not long before the release of the music video. Although, Halsey disputed those rumors after posting the reasoning behind the song on Instagram. She explained that this song is about several different relationships that she has either experienced or observed, and that the song is a reminder that “you shouldn’t allow others to take advantage of you