Why Billy Corgan isn’t worried about following trends in the music industry

In the last few years alone, the music industry has gone through a lot of changes. Social media platforms, such as TikTok, have become huge drivers of artists’ success. Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkinshowever, aren’t worried about following these musical trends, and have explained why they still plan to release a 33-track album.

The Pumpkins’ latest project is a three-part “rock opera” album titled ATM, which is intended to act as the follow-up to the 1995s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and the 2000s Machine/God’s machines, and 1st law was just released today (Nov. 15). Second part will be available Jan. 31 and the third and last will be published on April 21. A total of 33 songs make up all three parts, which is not a common amount of tracks to release in such a short time.

talking with Loudwire nights host Toni Gonzalez, Corgan admitted that he got a bit of pushback about dropping so much music at once, given that human attention spans are so short these days.

“I think there’s a sense that you have people’s attention for a very brief moment, and if you can’t capitalize on that attention, ‘it’s not going to work.'” Like, that’s not going to work in the modern business framework,” Corgan said. “You take a pop artist who has 70 million followers on Instagram… Well, we don’t have 70 million followers on Instagram. We can’t rely on a social audience to drive our message.”

“So somebody in the record business would say, ‘Look, you’re going to get people’s attention here for a hot second. You’re releasing this album. Why don’t you want to try to maximize that moment? If you’ I’d tell them to try to distill 33 songs over a period of time over a podcast, they just won’t stay with you.”

Well, Corgan doesn’t agree with the record business executive’s outlook.

“I’ve had an audience that’s been with me for 34 years,” he replied, adding that it’s easy for an artist to get upset that they don’t have as much of a social following as another artist.

“What you really need to keep going is like, ‘Oh my gosh, we have this incredible opportunity. After 34 years, we still have a bunch of people who want to come and see us. Thousands and thousands of people will still see us. , still want to talk about our music, still want to listen. All our streaming numbers are through the roof, tons of young people have come to listen to the band recently,” he continued.

With that, the frontman acknowledged that The Smashing Pumpkins were never meant to be a band that the whole world liked, but that they’ve had a humbling experience throughout their career.

To hear more about the stories behind ATUM and Corgan’s podcast, Thirty-three with William Patrick Corgan, Tune in Loudwire nights tonight at 7 p.m. ET. You can also follow along Loudwire nights on Twitter to stay updated on upcoming conversations.

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