Plus he sounds off on the seemingly endless Spotify debate.


Troy Carter has spoken about Lady Gaga’s meteoric rise to fame and the end of their professional relationship.

After their reportedly acrimonious split in 2013, on the eve of the release of Gaga’s third LP ‘ARTPOP’, Lady Gaga and Troy Carter have offered precious few comments about each other, so it’s interesting to see that in the interview below, which emerged online yesterday, Carter has opened up about working with Gaga.

The music mogul only had good things to say about the “Just Dance” superstar, labeling her “the hardest working artist that [he’d] ever met.” Implying that the decision to leave Gaga’s team was not entirely on his teams, he revealed that “to build this empire with someone, and then all of a sudden you kind of get snatched out of it was a little disheartening,” and called the separation “heartbreaking.”

After the two parted ways, Gaga claimed “that whole situation had less to do with creativity differences and more to do with me really needing some time from myself to be creative” elaborating, “my whole business became very focused on making as much money as possible as quickly as possible, which is really not where my heart is. My integrity as a musician is so much more important to me than money.”

Even outside of Gaga, Troy Carter might be one of the most interesting men in pop music. After discovering Lady Gaga in 2007, Carter has gone on to manage the likes of John Legend, Greyson Chance, Lindsey Stirling and Meghan Trainor. He also had some choice words for Taylor Swift and her longtime distaste for Spotify.

Putting it as succinctly as possible, Carter argues that artists who ignore the potential of streaming are simply burying their heads in the sand: “Hurricane Katrina is coming and you’re still standing in the house.” Ever the diplomat, whilst he wouldn’t say that Taylor Swift and co. are directly in the wrong he accused them of perpetuating “a flawed argument.”

When asked simply about the future of digital music consumption? Troy says “Downloads won’t last.”

And we’d be inclined to agree.