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"I think I'm still drunk."Halsey, 20, musters a forkful of salad at Urth Caffe, a celeb fave and bastion of California organica.

22 on 's Alternative Songs chart) says she "has a lot to reflect on" -- and at a clip that allows no time for snacking.Steve Aoki, Halsey, Raury & More Give Sage Advice to Their College-Age Selves"I'm 20, but I feel 40," says Halsey, sporting pink shades and a baseball hat that reads, "I have to get rich...We're all gonna die." "Kids I grew up with are going off to college, having threesomes in ­bathrooms and 'vaping' beer, but I went through my sex, drugs, loss and existential confusion phase at 17."Set for an Aug.28 release on Astralwerks/Capitol Records, Halsey's full-length debut, -- which could land in the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 with more than 75,000 equivalent-album units its first week, industry forecasters suggest -- is a dystopian concept album inspired by hedonistic hubs like Las Vegas and, curiously, planet Tatooine.("It seems like a real place if you forget all the aliens," she says.)"She's entirely driven by her vision," says Zane Lowe, DJ-programmer at Apple Music's Beats 1, where "New Americana" was the second-most-played song in July after The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face." "You meet people who want to make art, and then you meet people who have to do it because if they don't, they'll go crazy."Firefly 2015: Halsey Explains Why She Wants to Leak Her Own Album On , Halsey's larger-than-life vision combines the synthy darkness of Lorde, the neon-pop chutzpah of Miley Cyrus and the flickering film noir of Lana Del Rey.But all that escapist fantasy is fed by gritty reality.

On her forearm, one of Halsey's many tattoos reads, "These violent delights have violent ends." It's a line from that reminds her to keep the vices in check. Halsey grew up all over New Jersey, raised by parents younger than she is now when they had her.

"We moved wherever the jobs or cheap apartments were," she recalls.

"I am so hung over," confesses Ashley Frangipane, brushing back a wisp of her signature blue hair.

It's a hot August afternoon in Los Angeles, where the electro-pop provocateur best-known as Halsey lives.

She's just a few days back from a two-month arena outing ­opening for Imagine Dragons, and had every ­reason to party. And her pals from 5 Seconds of Summer were in town the night before.

She went to bed at a.m., woke up two hours later and has been in meetings all day.