Lady Gaga has officially postponed the release of her upcoming new album, Chromatica. Originally scheduled for release in April, the pop star took to social media to inform fans that the album's release will be pushed to a later date.
In her lengthy note to fans, she explained that "it just doesn't feel right" to be releasing Chromatica during the current global pandemic surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and that the focus needs to be put on "finding solutions" and making sure medical professionals are equipped with all that they need during this time, helping those impacted by the pandemic financially, as well as the children who depend on meals from public school programs.
Gaga also addressed the postponement of her Las Vegas shows the first week of May following the CDC's guidelines about public gatherings, but is hopeful the rest of her May shows will remain unaffected.
And, that's not all — Lady G also revealed that she had a secret Coachella set planned.
But, fear not Little Monsters ... Chromatica is still happening, and Lady Gaga will reveal a new release date for the album. Read her full heartfelt note below:
"First of all, I want to make sure everyone is staying safe and practicing social distancing. Please know that I'm thinking of you all.
I wanted to tell you, that after a lot of deliberation, I've made the incredibly tough decision to postpone the release of Chromatica. I will announce a new 2020 release date soon.
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 to me to release this album with all that is going on during this global pandemic.
Instead I prefer that we spend this time focusing on finding solutions. It's important to me that the attention is on getting essential medical equipment to healthcare professionals, making sure kids who depend on public schools for meals get the assistance they need, and that we help those who will be financially impacted by this pandemic.
As you may have also heard, MGM sadly had to postpone my Vegas shows from April 30 - May11 due to guidelines about public gatherings from the CDC. I'm hopeful that my other Vegas shows in May will continue, and that we'll update you as soon as we have any new information. I also definitely plan to see you on the road for my CHROMATICA BALL tour this summer!
I had so many fun things planned for us to celebrate together... I had a secret Coachella set lined up, and a lot of other fun surprises, some of which I'm still planning to share with all of you very soon! Chromatica is still very much on the way and I can't wait.
To my fans, I love you. I know you are disappointed. Probably angry and sad. But I also know that as a fan base... as a family... we are strong, we are loving and we are the kindness punks. So I ask you to practice that kindness in these trying times.
I hope you can see 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 of all time. And until that time comes, LET'S ALL STAY HOME! But I promise you that when we can go out again, I'm going to make it SO MUCH FUN. I can't wait to be dancing with you all!"