Get ready to groove to the rhythm of excitement, because Halle Bailey is about to drop a bombshell! Brace yourselves for the debut solo single ‘Angel,’ set to hit the airwaves this week, marking Halle’s spectacular solo journey apart from her musical partner, Chloe.
The dynamic duo graced us with their musical magic as Chloe x Halle, wowing audiences worldwide. Under the wing of none other than Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment label, they soared to new heights, releasing bangers like ‘The Kids Are Alright’ in 2016 and the critically acclaimed masterpiece ‘Ungodly Hour.’ The latter even scored a nod for Best R&B Album at the illustrious 2021 Grammy Awards.
Since 2021, these talented sisters have charted their own solo courses. Halle Bailey, who recently dazzled as the ethereal Princess Ariel in Disney’s live-action rendition of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ is now set to dazzle us with ‘Angel’ – her first solo track since the sonic storm of ‘Ungodly Hour’ in 2020.
Already turning up the heat, Halle dropped a tantalizing teaser this week. Picture this: a captivating montage of childhood throwbacks, adorable baby pics, and electrifying live performances. And right at the climax, a potential lyrical gem from ‘Angel’ is gracefully etched on the screen: “Angels make a way somehow.”
Mark your calendars and set your speakers on fire, because ‘Angel’ is touching down on 4th August, courtesy of the powerhouse combo Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia.
In a parallel universe of musical marvels, Halle’s sister, Chloe, made waves this year with her smashing solo debut ‘In Pieces.’ The album unleashed viral sensations like ‘No Mercy’ and ‘Treat Me,’ but it didn’t stop there – it even dipped its toes into the controversy pool with a collab that raised eyebrows. Yup, you guessed it, the track titled ‘How Does It Feel,’ featuring none other than Chris Brown.
Riding the waves of cinematic success, the live-action reimagining of Disney’s iconic ‘Little Mermaid’ has made a jaw-dropping splash, raking in a whopping $560 million (£438 million) and counting at the global box office. Talk about making waves in Tinseltown! This big-screen adventure marked Halle Bailey’s grand debut in a Hollywood blockbuster, seizing the spotlight with her first-ever lead role.
But that’s not all – prepare for some auditory enchantment, because Bailey’s vocal prowess graces the film’s epic soundtrack. She breathes new life into the timeless ‘Part of Your World,’ a beloved classic from the depths of the Disney vault. And as if that weren’t enough, she adds her signature sparkle to the fresh anthem ‘For the First Time.’
Of course, no tale of triumph is without its challenges. Halle Bailey’s casting as the enchanting Ariel stirred up a tempest of opinions. The online realm echoed with a mix of criticism and clamour, some bemoaning the variance between Bailey’s appearance and the animated original. This digital storm even conjured a social media movement, the #NotMyAriel campaign, as voices debated and deliberated, attempting to shape the casting currents. Yet, amid the tides of change, Bailey stood her ground, proving that every tide has its time.
As the curtain rises on this incredible chapter of Bailey’s journey, she’s proven that she’s not just part of our world – she’s shaping it, one melodious note at a time.
The multihyphenate responded to the backlash, saying: “I just feel like this role is something bigger than me, and greater. And it’s going to be beautiful.”
Gear up for another electrifying chapter in the Halle Bailey saga! This year’s cosmic finale promises an encore as she takes the stage in Blitz Bazawule’s musical extravaganza, ‘The Colour Purple.’ Get ready to mark your calendars for a Yuletide treat, as this sensational spectacle is set to grace US theaters on none other than Christmas Day.