Lady Gaga has chosen to delay the release of her upcoming album, Chromatica, as the world continues to deal with the outbreak of coronavirus. The “Stupid Love” singer shared a message about her plans to fans on Tuesday.
“This is such a hectic and scary time for all of us, and while I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this, it just doesn’t feel right for me to release this album during this global pandemic,” she writes.
“Instead I prefer we spend this time focusing on finding solutions,” she continues. “It’s important to me that the attention is on getting essential medical equipment to health care professionals, making sure kids who depend on public schools for meals get the assistance they need, and that we help those that will be financially impacted by this pandemic.”
Chromatica was due out everywhere on April 10. Plans still appear on track at this time for her tour this summer.
Gaga continues by hinting at some of the surprises that were expected around the release of her sixth studio album, including a surprise set at Coachella, which has since been moved to October. She also addresses the fans frustration with the decision, saying “we are strong, we are loving and we are kindness punks. So I ask you practice that kindness in these trying times.”
“I hope you can that when the album does come out, I want us to be able to dance together, sweat together, hug and kiss each other, and make it the most bombastic celebration,” she added, before one last plea for safety and social distancing during this time.
“Until that time comes, LET’S ALL STAY HOME!” she concludes. “I can’t wait to be dancing with you all!”