Billy Corgan Names The Smashing Pumpkins Album Many Called ‘Career Suicide’

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins has recently chatted about the latest album ‘ATUM’ and the songwriting process. The frontman explained how much of a hard work it is to make new music along with his doubts. He said:

“When you’re making 33 songs like that, you know you have good days and bad days, and the bad days are like, ‘Oh my God, not only am I making something that’s totally insane and too much work, but who’s gonna listen to this thing when it’s done?'”

Corgan recalled handing the record in and plenty of the rough comments he got for it. He continued:

“Even when I handed in the record to the people we were in business with at the time, those entities said, ‘This is a terrible idea, don’t release it, it’s career suicide.’ They said all the same things they told me about ‘Mellon Collie’ [And The Infinite Sadness]. We ended up separating our business relationships with those people and somehow it’s all worked out.”

Though the band received harsh feedback from the people they had worked with, they still had faith in the fans. He explained:

“So I just- I give it to the power of music which is if you put your faith in music and you trust your audience to know when you’ve done something good. On paper, it sounds like a lot to take on but at the end of the day people just want good music and if it just means they got to listen to it once and find the five songs they like, I’m totally cool with that.”

Corgan, despite his doubts, wanted everything to go as planned while working on the album. This was until when a fan contacted Corgan and claimed that nine of the songs from the album were leaked, which led to a hacker requesting money for the files. Fortunately, the FBI got involved and they were able to stop the leaking.

The album ‘ATUM’ contains 33 songs and was released on May 5. You can listen to it here, and see the interview down below.