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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Katy Perry Suffered From "Situational Depression'' Due to Widely Panned Witness Album. Katy Perry is bouncing back after a bout of "situational depression." The singer delved into the emotional details of her last year when she sat down with Vogue Australia for their August issue. Perry explained how, after releasing her Witness album in 2017, she was shaken by the underwhelming reviews surrounding the music she takes great pride in. "I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn't react in the way I had expected to ... which broke my heart," the artist shared. Rather than letting herself sulk in self-pity, the performer chose to view the rough patch as a learning experience. She explained, "Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: 'Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating 'blankie.' Then we'll see how much you do truly love yourself.'" She continued on to say, "That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity, gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It's not just a material foundation: it's a soul foundation." This spiritual awakening comes as no surprise to fans of the "I Kissed A Girl" singer. In February, the star told Glamour, "This last year has been about killing my ego, which has been really necessary for my career. But for my personal life, it doesn't work that way. If I want to have that true balance, I have to step into being Katheryn Hudson." That back-to-basics mentality has helped the 33-year-old to value the relationships and people around her, like rumored boyfriend Orlando Bloom. In April, the songstress and her actor boyfriend were able to meet the Pope as part of Unite to Cure conference in Vatican City. It was at the gathering that the pop star sung her praises about meditational therapy, which she claims "helped a lot with my anxiety." We are glad to hear Katy is back to feeling like the "Firework" she is. To check out what else Perry had to say, pick up Vogue Australia's August 2018 issue, on sale Monday, July 23. (Eonline)

Will Smith Posts Behind-the-Scenes Video of His Epic 'In My Feelings' Challenge: 'Drake Almost Got Me Killed'. Will Smith didn't just hop on the social media trend of doing the Shiggy to Drake's now Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song "In My Feelings"; he claims he almost died doing it. The epic "In My Feelings" clip from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum debuted on Instagram last week (July 12), garnering attention from his son Jaden Smith ("You killed this") and the 6 God himself ("Wow the video is done"), as he climbed on the very top of a bridge in Budapest for the video. In a new YouTube video posted this week, which is titled "Drake Almost Got Me Killed," Smith advises fans, "Do not attempt the stunts depicted in this video under any circumstances." Taking the challenge to new heights was "social media stupidity," as he mentions in a title credit in the beginning of the video. His video crew, who are gathered in the Four Seasons lobby at 4:30 a.m., discusses how Smith caught a "bridge bug" in Sydney, and as he approached his last day in Budapest, he had to do something big. "We're going up the Chain Bridge and this is definitely stupid," Smith said to camera. "Is this legal? Did anybody check with legal?" As they waited to hear back, Smith claims they're still doing it and "It's not legal." He mounts the bridge with his crew as the line "Kiki, do you love me?" starts playing in the background. Once his actual "In My Feelings" challenge clip starts playing, Smith layered screenshots of the major news outlets who covered his initial viral clip. "Let's get the hell out of here before the police come," Smith said. (Billboard)

Troye Sivan Covers Post Malone's 'Better Now. Troye Sivan has been a busy lad of late dropping tracks, appearing in movie trailers and popping up on TV shows and stages around the globe. The Aussie singer and producer also found time to cut a smoldering cover of Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys number "Better Now." The new recording forms part of Sivan's "Spotify Singles" sessions (he also sang "Bloom"). Sivan's sophomore album Bloom is due out Aug. 31 and he will star in the upcoming film Boy Erased, based on the true story of author Garrard Conley's experience inside of a gay conversion therapy camp. (Billboard)

Pop Shop Podcast: Foster the People's Mark Foster on the Slow Climb of 'Sit Next to Me,' Being Inspired by Drake & S'mores With Paramore. Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, your one-stop-shop for all things pop on Billboard's weekly charts. In addition, you can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard deputy editor, digital Katie Atkinson every week on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes. Today on the show, we chat with Mark Foster of Foster the People! The frontman called in to the Pop Shop from the road to talk about the slow-burning success of the group's crossover hit "Sit Next to Me." Though the single and its parent album, Sacred Hearts Club, were released a full year ago in July 2017, "Sit Next to Me" is now a top 20 hit on Billboard's Pop Songs chart after rising to the top five on Hot Rock Songs in May. "It's been kind of amazing, really, just because it's been really surprising for me," Foster says of the song's climb. "Every week now, I'm just getting an update that it's continually growing at radio. I'm just like 'What? It's been on the radio for like eight or nine months!' And it's just cool that it's connecting with people." This is hardly the first time Foster has been surprised by radio: Back in 2011, Foster the People saw their breakthrough hit, "Pumped Up Kicks," climb to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to the song's crossover appeal on pop radio. "'Pumped Up Kicks' kind of came out of nowhere and continued to kind of surprise everybody, including myself," he tells Pop Shop. "I never in a million years thought that that song would be played on the radio at all, let alone be played on pop radio and be heard around the world." In fact, the rise of "Pumped Up Kicks" seven years ago paved the way for songs like "Sit Next to Me," and other rock artists making the move to mainstream top 40. "At that time, especially on pop radio, you rarely even heard guitars on pop radio, let alone a band," Foster recalls. "Pop radio normally kind of super-serves a pop artist, a singer or a rapper and something with more of an electronic production, but you rarely hear a band. So that song was pretty -- I would say it was really luck-centered, kind of came out of nowhere. Radio was in a very different place back then. From that point, I would say that radio started to come around, and I would say that even that song opened up some doors for bands to be heard on pop radio a little bit more. You could see with like Gotye and then Capital Cities and then Arctic Monkeys ... and then obviously last year Portugal. The Man." Foster is hoping to push the rock boundaries even further by channeling the collaborative spirit of hip-hop, inspired by the omnipresent Drake. He wondered: Why can only pop stars and rappers collaborate? So he and his Foster the People bandmates teamed up with The Knocks for their new song "Ride or Die." "With someone like Drake, it's just his name is always on the radio. He's always got something new coming out, it's been like that for years -- whether it's his own stuff or whether he's collaborating and jumping on somebody else's track, which is something that I think, in the end, [we should] do more often. I would love to do a song with Portugal. The Man, I'd love to do a song with Cage the Elephant. I would love to do a tune with MGMT, I would love to do something with Vampire Weekend or Arctic Monkeys. ... It doesn't have to be all like lone wolf, super competitive, super secretive. We're lucky to be able to make music and I find it to be really fun to collaborate with people that come from a different background from myself. So that's something that I think in the future something that I'm really kind of shooting for." On Wednesday, Foster the People play their latest date on Paramore's After Laughter tour, hitting The Forum in Inglewood, California. While the two bands didn't know each other before launching the tour, they've become fast friends, thanks to some very kumbaya activities. "We all got along right away, and it's been kind of funny too, 'cause the last few venues we played with them had kind of like summer camp vibes," Foster says. "Like the venues themselves have had like ping-pong and bonfires afterwards with s'mores and like weird bicycles and scooters and all this stuff laying around and basketball hoops and whatever. So it's even kind of like before the shows and after the shows, we've all just been kind of like hanging together doing weird activities." Find all of Foster the People's tour dates here. Also on the show, Keith & Katie chat about Drake's domination of the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, Ariana Grande's epic "God Is a Woman" video, and the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards nominations. (Billboard)

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