The R-rated music video finds the songstress donning a cowboy hat (and little else) while she shimmies and shakes in an underground dance club, rides a white horse and more. And according to the star, it was inspired by “badasses” like Underwood and Twain, plus Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty” and Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel.
The video starts off with a muscle car parked in a dark alley (similar to Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” clip) with Halsey’s mascara running down her cheek just like Underwood’s makeup in “Cry Pretty.” Later on, she revives the iconic leopard robe from Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and recreates the black outfit from Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” admitting on Twitter it was all part of a plan.
For their part, Underwood and Twain expressed how honored they felt to get the visual shout out, with Halsey responding to Twain in disbelief and Underwood inviting the star to visit for a Nashville co-write.
That co-write might actually be possible, judging by Halsey’s publicly-expressed respect for the country genre. Explaining her belief that “the most petty [sic] and heartbreaking songs all come from country,” the singer said she wrote “You Should Be Sad” just like a country song — and also said she spends plenty of time in Music City. “You Should Be Sad” arrives as part of the Maniac album this Friday (January 17).