Grimes Scraps New Album Because Fans Don’t Like “Go”


Grimes is all over the internet, and the internet is all over Grimes. The 26-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter is known to speak freely with fans online, speak up against drugs, and put down her foot in discussions regarding sexism. There’s a thin wall between her and her audience, but now those very fans are keeping themselves from getting a new record from the artist.

As SPIN points out, the negative responses to her new single “Go,” which was originally created for and rejected by Rihanna, has led to Grimes scrapping the material that would go on to become a follow-up full-length to 2012’s highly-praised Visions. “It upsets a lot of my fans, and I get why it upsets them. Everybody was like, ‘Oh, Grimes is pandering to the radio,'” she said in a New York Times Magazine profile. “It sucked, so I threw it out and started again.”

Not only were fans upset with the single’s drastically different sound, but many yelled at Grimes for protesting the ALS Ice Bucket challenge (which she was against since the company tests on animals), despite her donating to the Malala Fund, a charity that supports education for girls, instead. “All these people with ALS were like, ‘You’re the worst person ever.’ I was crying for days,” she said.

Who knows what the new material will sound like, but considering she’s now on Jay Z’s Roc Nation and has hundreds of thousands of eyes on her, the pressure is consistently building. We wish her luck, although knowing her talent, she likely doesn’t need it.

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  • Brian Lion

    Fukk tha h8ers, Grimes. I hella lyke dat song, “Go.”