Lady Gaga has reportedly parted ways with longtime manager Troy Carter just days before the launch of her new album "Artpop."
Lady Gaga recently split with her long-term manager Troy Carter over "creative differences" after having worked together since 2007. Carter is reportedly responsible for shaping Gaga's career. In 2011, he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for his work on the HBO special Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden.
"It's sad but also liberating at the same time," a source close to both told Us Magazine. "One door closes and another opens."
The split comes a few days prior to the launch of the singer's new album "Artpop," which is scheduled for a November 11 release. Part of Gaga's success comes from her huge presence on social networking sites - a marketing strategy Carter was instrumental in implementing. Currently, the "Applause" hit maker has over 60 million fans on Facebook and over 41 million followers on Twitter. She held the record of having the most number of followers on the microblogging site since 2010 till this January when Justin Bieber took over.
"She was very specific about her vision, all of the music was there, and all she needed was someone to help her translate it to the rest of the world, which is where I came in," Carter said in an interview earlier this year.
In other news, the singer rubbished previous speculations that she had broken up with actor boyfriend Taylor Kinney as they were spotted kissing at the YouTube Music Awards on Sunday. The two first met in July 2011 after Kinney appeared in the singer's "You And I" music video. They started dating several months later, briefly split in May 2012, and got back together the following month.