On Tuesday, March 24, Lady Gaga took to her socials to announce that she’ll be postponing the release of her upcoming album Chromatica due to the coronavirus.
“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,” she wrote in a long note posted to her social media accounts.
Gaga explained that, at this time, she wants the focus to be on “getting essential medical equipment to health 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 the pandemic.”
Chromatica was slated to be released on April 10, featuring Gaga’s first single of 2020, “Stupid Love,” which she released back in February.
In addition to postponing her album, Gaga’s Las Vegas residency was also canceled due to the CDC guidelines about public gatherings. The singer also shared that she was planning a secret Coachella performance, but due to the pandemic, the festival pushed its date back to October. Gaga still plans to go on her Chromatica Ball tour this summer.
“To my fans, I love you. I know you are disappointed. Probably angry and sad,” she continued. “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.”