A couple of things
I know I’ve not been on here long. But I’ve been around silently for a while and I’ve seen a few things because I’m very much involved in another fandom.
Mental health always comes above fandom. Not being a visible constant online presence does not mean being unsupportive or inactive. If you need to take a break take a break. You are important.
Promo cycles in any fandom are a mixed bag. Interviews and written press will often focus on anything but the music, and will often portray people in an unreal or unflattering light if it suits their agenda. Don’t lose heart and don’t fixate on every detail. (Got a lot of experience with this one in my main fandom - slight hair change means big articles, but new music often gets crickets.)
Yes, management will actively try and screw over an artist with regards to their single release. I’ve seen it happen before. I don’t know if that’s what’s been happening this week or not, depends what their longer term strategy is. First week sales aren’t the be all and end all.
No matter what the first week chart position is, be proud of what you have achieved and continue to achieve. Trust me, you’re all amazing and what you can, have and will achieve together is incredible.The projects in this fandom completely blow me away.
Take care of yourselves and each other and take care of your boys. 💖