Fresh from nabbing a career first #1 on the Hot 100, the songbird nests a-front of Billboard Magazine‘s latest issue.
Aptly, it’s in celebration of the singer’s newly crowned title of Billboard Woman of The Year.
Ahead of the formal ceremony on December 6th in NYC, the ‘Thank U, Next’ singer posed it up for a stunning shoot.
She also seized the feature to open about being fearless following tragedy (see: Manchester, Mac Miller’s passing) and her upcoming album.
Pics and quotes below…
“I guess there’s not much I’m afraid of anymore. When life tries you with such serious sh*t so many times, your priorities change. I don’t give a shit. I just want to be happy and healthy — one day — and make music.”
“I’ve politely walked out of sessions before. It has happened. I’m a small girl. People tend to underestimate that. And then I sit down and comp my own vocals and can produce my own session, and they’re like — ‘Oh, I didn’t know you could do that.’ I’m like, ‘Believe it or not, there are plenty of tiny women that can do this.’”
On Benefits Her Success Affords Her Today:
“I got myself to a place where I would be able to do things like drop a surprise record and have it be the biggest single I’ve ever had [Thank U, Next]”
“My dream has always been to be — obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren’t. We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the preorder, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this shit. It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to f*cking talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don’t?’ So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to.
And if it doesn’t work out the way ‘Thank U, Next’ did, that’s fine too! It is so exciting to see something be received well. That’s a beautiful thing. But it’s even more beautiful to be honest and just do something To drop a record on a Saturday night because you feel like it, and because your heart’s going to explode if you don’t — to take back your narrative.””
“I don’t want to do what people tell me to do, I don’t want to conform to the pop star agenda. I want to do it on my own terms from now on. If I want to tour two albums at once, I’m going to tour two albums at once. If I want to drop a third album while I’m on tour [in 2019], I’ll do that too!”
On Status Of 5th Album:
It was the product of a lot of “feminine energy and champagne and music and laughter and crying. This [album’s] not particularly uplifting,” she says. “A lot of it sounds really upbeat, but it’s actually a super sad chapter.”
The music is defiant — deep, bass-driven bangers with trap beats alternating with airy, sad ballads — and aesthetically more adventurous than anything she has ever released. [Source]