Before the track was released Elena Kiper, one of the original songwriters, posted on her Instagram that the song “contained an extensive interpolation of the original work” but said the finished version only referenced the track.
Now though, Halsey has shared the original version of ‘Nightmare’, complete with the Tatu sample, alongside the caption: “Should I leak this version?”. Check it out below.
While they were on the subject of leaking their own material, Halsey also uploaded a snippet of an unreleased song.
“A song I wrote about hoping my little brother grows up in a better world than this one,” reads the caption.
The untitled track sounds like it could be from 2020’s ‘Manic’ as Halsey sings: “But I don’t want to be alive in a so-called interesting time/ I’m Praying that maybe you might get a try in a world that’s better than mine.”
Since I’m in the spirit of leaking things!
Halsey will win the Innovation Award at the BandLab NME Awards 2022, which they will pick up during a ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on March 2.
Halsey told NME that she “wasn’t expecting” the award and was “very surprised” to be recognised with the nod. “But it’s really, really awesome,” they added.
The wildest night in music will return to London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday, March 2 to celebrate the best in music and entertainment from around the globe. Tickets to the event are on sale now and available here.
“It’s really, really awesome – I think you start to get really sad and nervous about how your music connects when you’re not around to bring it to life and to know that it’s still resonating is really, really cool,” she told NME.