Grimes Explains Why New Album ‘Book 1′ Is Delayed: ‘Fame Is a Unique Hell’
Grimes' next album, Book 1, has been delayed, and now we know why.
The singer explained the reason behind the album's delay in a tweet sent Jan. 4.
"I know BOOK 1 is so late reason is minor legal stuff, but moreso… fame and notoriety is a unique hell," the singer tweeted. "Not to say life isn’t blessed and my GOD ten time[s] better = I’m the luckiest girl on earth, but do I want the attention an album brings? 100% nooo (with all due respect)."
However, despite her hesitation, she reassured fans that she will release Book 1, which she finished in autumn of 2022, at some point.
"[Of course] I’ll still release BOOK 1 & more. I owe y’all, the artists life is blessed and I take that seriously," she wrote in a follow-up tweet, adding, "But! My fam, best friends, and babies get dragged in no matter what i do, the narrative doesn’t belong to me. my friends/ fam r my whole Life - this is their battle too."
The Canadian artist has two children with controversial Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
In another tweet, Grimes called music her "side quest now."
"[To be honest] reduced pressure x increased freedom = prob more music just ideally Low key I’ll always do my best to entertain whilst depleting my literal reputation I hope that’s ok I love y’all," she wrote.
Online, fans were supportive of her explanation.
"I love your music but you don't owe us anything. I'm sure fame brings its own set of problems. I'll anxiously await whatever little bits you decide to feed us," one person replied.
"You seem very authentic and that is beautiful but also vulnerable. I hope for strength and peace for you that you may introduce your art to the world on your terms," another added.
One fan joked the singer should try returning to her indie roots to "rescue her relationship with her fans."
Grimes' first five albums were released through independent labels, but Book 1 is slated for release under Columbia Records. She signed with Columbia in March 2021. Book 1 will be her sixth studio album since her debut in 2010.
Grimes' last album, Miss Anthropocene, was released in 2020.