Lady Gaga

Why won’t Lady Gaga talk about her new album? One fan said it best.

Many of Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters were disappointed when the pop star evaded questions about her new album during an interview with Carson Daly on Monday — but her intention may have been to avoid disappointment.

“I have to make it. You gotta give me some time!” Gaga told Carson. “I promise you that it will be worth the wait.”

A fan on known by username “LoveandMagic” came to the pop star’s defense after other users expressed outrage towards the interview.

Editor’s note: the quotes used in this article have been slightly modified to make sense to readers who are unfamiliar with or niche terms.

“If she even mentioned (the album’s) name or release date, people would be rushing to (say) how awful the title was, how she is giving too much away with the timeline,” LoveandMagic said. “(There would be) meltdowns of every possible or perceived grievance.”

As the saying goes, you can’t please everyone. That’s especially true for Lady Gaga, whose Twitter account exceeds 53 million followers. That’s a lot of people to please!

If you’re a Little Monster, you already know the struggle of anticipating a new Lady Gaga album. In the months leading up to an official announcement, every tweet could be a hint about a new song. Every interview could include a cryptic message that leaves fans on edge. Little Monsters, myself included, become so overwhelmed by the idea of new music that some of us even spend time listening to fake “leaked snippets” that trolls pass around online.


Where other artists spend months hyping new material, Lady Gaga’s fans create the hype for themselves — up to a year before album promotion begins. Then, when new music hits, the anticipation is gone and many fans feel empty inside. Satisfied fans defend the album until their fingers can no longer type, and dissatisfied fans insult the album just as much.

This is how Little Monsters reacted after they heard Born This Way in May 2011, almost a year after learning the album title, and again in November 2013 when ARTPOP failed to appeal to the general public. Insults fly on messaging boards and social media: insults towards each other, towards the music, and even towards Lady Gaga herself.

These subtle yet vicious battles between fans seem to never end and are made worse the older and more self-righteous we become. Fans sarcastically coined the term “Little Managers” in 2013, referring to fans who insist they have better promotion ideas than Haus of Gaga and Interscope Records.

One of the most popular complaints among these fans is that Lady Gaga overhypes new material too much before its release, as though an hour of new music could ever be as exhilarating as months of suspense.

Another reason for keeping details secret could be that fans react furiously when a plan has been talked about but never sees the light of day.

For example, a promised mariachi version of the Born This Way track “Americano” was never released, and the anticipated music video for ARTPOP‘s “Venus” doesn’t exist. These and other betrayals, as fans have labeled them, probably have very little to do with Mother Monster; the “Venus” music video was cancelled by her label, as was the song’s release to radio. This time around, “no news” is good news and no promises means no betrayals.

Little Monsters: After all that Lady Gaga went through to put ARTPOP out in 2013 as promised, even after breaking her hip and being overpowered creatively by her management and label, do you understand why she wouldn’t want to say anything now that you might be disappointed by later?

Let’s recognize and appreciate that Lady Gaga doesn’t want to disappoint the same fans again, and try supporting artists who are releasing new music now instead of obsessing over an untitled album.

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