Lady Gaga has reportedly parted with her manager Troy Carter, just days before the pop star is set to release her new album ARTPOP. Showbiz411 cited “creative differences” in first reporting the split.
Carter teamed with Lady Gaga in 2007, and helped build her into one of the biggest pop stars in the world. “She was very specific about her vision, all of the music was there, and all she needed was someone to help her translate it to the rest of the world, which is where I came in,” Carter said earlier this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He frequently described their partnership as a division of labor: she handled 95 percent of the creative decisions, while he handled 95 percent of the business decisions. Together, with Vincent Herbert, who handles A&R for Gaga, they built a pop machine that has sold nearly 23 million albums worldwide.
Gaga’s rep would neither confirm nor deny that the singer had split with Carter, and his representative couldn’t be reached for comment. The Hollywood Reporter cited an anonymous source who said that Carter, who also manages John Legend and Lindsey Stirling, felt both sad and “liberated.”
ARTPOP is due out on November 11th. Lady Gaga performed Sunday as part of the YouTube Music Awards, and has spent the past several weeks posting new songs from the album. In addition to this week’s entry, “Dope,” she released “Venus” last week and “Do What U Want,” which features R. Kelly, the week before. She’s also set to host Saturday Night Live on November 16th.