Canadian singer-songwriter Claire Elise Boucher, also known as Grimes, will not release a new album, her follow-up to 2015 hit Art Angels, anytime soon.
Based on a recent post from the "Flesh Without Blood" singer's Instagram, her anticipated fifth LP will be pushed back for unknown reasons. She blames the music industry for the delay.
"welp no music any time soon after all music industry is trash," she wrote on Instagram.
Fans from Reddit (via Stereogum) were first to notice that the post from December, which had initially promised that new music is coming, was now edited with the caption above. They also noted that the singer has removed any new updates that she has posted on Twitter.
Grimes has been dropping updates about the progress of her still-untitled new album for the past year. A few weeks ago, she mentioned that LP5 will finally come out this year. Although she did not reveal an exact release date, she mentioned that it might come out by spring or fall.
However, the album has apparently met some roadblocks along the way and the status of Grimes's new album is still unknown.
In a tweet, she clarified that the problem is not her management. Roc Nation, who, she said last year, has already heard the preview and gave her a positive response.
no problems w management — Grimes (@Grimezsz) February 15, 2018
She added in a now-deleted tweet that she has so much gratitude for her management for shielding her from abuses within the industry and for allowing her to make her own music.
"actually srsly wanna say 4 those suspecting roc/ the only reason grimes exist is roc nation continuously saving my ass from wack ppl who took advantage of my youth/ naivette early in my career - i'll stan them forever they go above and beyond 4 me every time," Grimes wrote.
She also praised Jay-Z who, she says, asked her to come over and play her previous album Art Angels before it was even finished. She said that the Grammy-winning rapper has always encouraged her and never interfered with what kind of music she wants to make.
She also assured disappointed and worried fans that she can handle the problem.
hahaha ha. don't commit crimes for grimes --- i can solve , been thru worse — Grimes (@Grimezsz) February 16, 2018
Grimes mentioned last year that the album might feature a song or two inspired by Dark Souls III, an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games.
won't be able to finish the book until i'm old cuz the data gathering is intensive. songs r going very well! very inspired by dark souls 3 — Grimes (@Grimezsz) August 6, 2017