Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey Search for Truth in ‘the other girl’

The dynamic crossover is Ballerini's next single.

Written by Chris Parton
Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey Search for Truth in ‘the other girl’
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Singers Halsey (L) and Kelsea Ballerini attend the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner's TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Kelsea Ballerini and pop star Halsey discover a terrible truth in Ballerini’s newest single, realizing they’re getting played for a fool in “the other girl.”

Out now at country radio and part of Ballerini’s recent kelsea album, the other girl is a shimmering slice of futuristic country pop, with a sleek sonic sheen and story about two women finding out they’re both seeing the same guy. Rather than turning their anger on each other, though, they feel a natural sense of kinship — both betrayed by a shameless player. Highlighting a hypnotic groove and the electric interplay of two hit-making voices, Ballerini says she’s proud of the 180-degree change of direction from her last single, ‘homecoming queen,’ which was a vulnerable look into anxiety and self-doubt.

I always like to zig zag with singles to show different sides of who I am as an artist, and ‘the other girl’ is the perfect next song to showcase this,” she says. “It’s a dark and angsty story song that is completely different than ‘homecoming queen,’ and really anything else I’ve gotten to share to date. Having Halsey, who is a massive country fan and close friend, as a part of it, adds a magic that I will be so excited to hear on my favorite radio stations.”

“Are you mad? Me too / And I wonder in his world / Is it me, is it you? / Who’s the other girl?” goes the chorus.

Ballerini and Halsey also teamed up to perform ‘the other girl’ live for CMT Crossroads in March, and “homecoming queen” earned a Gold certification from the RIAA.