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Grimes denies scrapping album due to rejected Rihanna song reaction, premieres new track on Girls

By | Published on Monday 16 March 2015


Grimes has denied reports that she scrapped an album’s worth of material due to some fans’ negative reaction to her 2014 single, ‘Go’, which was originally written for Rihanna.

In an interview with The New York Times last year, the musician said that she had canned the LP she was working on because “it sucked”, though she also commented on the reception ‘Go’ received, saying: “It upsets a lot of my fans, and I get why it upsets them. Everybody was like, ‘Oh, Grimes is pandering to the radio'”.

A link between the two was certainly implied in the article, though Grimes says that this was not the case and is annoyed that this story continues to pervade.

“I honestly never ditched an album due to negative fan reaction to ‘Go'”, she wrote on her Tumblr blog on Friday. “‘Go’ did really well, in my opinion. Obviously some people didn’t like it, as it was different from my other material, but isn’t that the point of collaborations / trying to write for other artists? … The album was scrapped cuz it was depressing and I didn’t want to tour it. I may release it one day. This all happened before ‘Go’ was ever released”.

She added that scrapping music isn’t an uncommon part of her creative process, continuing: “I throw out music all the time. I have almost 1000 gigs of unreleased music on my hard drive. I just want the next album to be as good as possible. ‘Go’ was never on the album anyway, it is a collaboration with a close friend that was released for fans as a ‘thank you’ for waiting since my album was being delayed”.

As previously reported, Grimes released a new track last week that she said had been dumped from the album. She also premiered another song via last night’s edition of US TV show ‘Girls’ – this one a collaboration with Jack Antonoff of Fun. And Bleachers. Listen to that here: