Monday, November 25, 2013

Report: 'Artpop' Caused Lady Gabe, Troy Carter Split

Lady Gaga’s refusal to add more poppy “radio-friendly” songs to her latest album, “Artpop,” was the fatal wedge between her and ex-manager Troy Carter, sources tell Page Six at The NY Post.

Gaga and Carter, who had managed the singer since 2007, announced earlier this month they were parting ways because of “creative differences.”

But sources told Page Six Lady Gaga and Carter hit an impasse after Gaga and her record label disagreed over the musical direction of “Artpop.”

Executives at Gaga’s label Interscope had concerns over her third album “not having any big “hits” on it.” They asked Gaga to go back to the studio and rework a few tracks.

Execs at Interscope suggested she could release “Artpop” as an EP, to complement an album of more radio-friendly hits. But she refused.

Interscope asked Carter to try to get through to the defiant singer, but Gaga refused “to adulterate her art,” one source said. Shortly before the album hit stores, Carter and Gaga announced they’d no longer be working together.

In its debut week, “Artpop” sold 258,000 records and was the No. 1 album. But that’s a fraction of the 1.1 million albums Gaga sold during the launch week of her last album, “Born This Way.” Sales of that were boosted by a promotion offering the album for 99-cent sale on Amazon.

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