If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Halsey, released on August 27, 2021, by Capitol Records. It was written by Halsey, Johnathan Cunningham, Greg Kurstin, and its producers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails. Halsey described the project as “a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth”.
The cover artwork of If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power was inspired by artistic depictions of Mary, mother of Jesus. A theatrical film directed by American filmmaker Colin Tilley, titled after the album and featuring its music, screened in select IMAX cinemas around the world on August 25 and 26, 2021, leading up to the album release. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is an alternative rock, grunge-pop, and pop punk effort with heavy industrial influence, driven by clattering drums, distorted guitars, and a cinematic texture to its music. Its lyrics center on femininist themes, such as addressing patriarchy and institutionalized misogyny.
Music critics reviewed the album positively, most of whom praised its ambitious concept and theatrical production. Two singles were released to promote the album: “I Am Not a Woman, I’m a God” to United States contemporary hit radio on August 31, 2021, followed by “You Asked for This” to U.S. alternative radio on September 7, 2021. Commercially, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power reached the top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Scoring Halsey’s fourth consecutive record to chart inside the top two of the U.S. Billboard 200, the album also topped the Top Album Sales and Alternative Albums charts.