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Lady Gaga and her longtime manager, Troy Carter, announced they were going their own separate ways earlier this month, so what caused the split? Apparently Lady Gaga’s lack of poppy, radio-friendly tunes on her recent release, Artpop.

According to Page Six, when Gaga’s label, Interscope, first heard the album, they were upset that it didn’t sound like usual Gaga, which worried them about how it might perform. So they asked Troy to talk to his client, emphasizing that their main concern was that they didn’t feel the album had “many big hits” on it. Ouch!

But Lady Gaga wasn’t budging, and soon afterward, her separation from Troy became public.

And while a rep for Interscope promises that Gaga “has creative control” and that they were “thrilled’ with the album, Troy’s not saying a word — which could mean he just doesn’t want to get involved… or he really wasn’t a fan of the new tracks.

Not that it matters now — despite what execs or her former manager may have thought, Lady Gaga has let the album sales speak for themselves, and thanks to a combination of her passionate fanbase and her musical ingenuity, Artpop went straight to number one upon its release.

Although it’s pretty interesting to note that Artpop, in its number one slot, still sold less than half as many copies as its predecessor, Born This Way. 258,000 albums vs. 1.1 million in a release week? That’s a significant difference.

Either way, it’s good news to be number one, especially where Interscope’s concerned.

“It’s the number one album, and everyone would love a number one album,” a rep for the label said. “What’s not to be happy about?”

Source: Page Six