[Update: This news was originally reported by a source that is not verifiable, so file this news under “quite possibly fictional gossip.” In fact, disregard it entirely.] [Second Update: Here’s an interesting explanation of how an as-yet unidentified music writer spread malicious rumors like the one that follows about Lady Gaga.] An R. Kelly verse can only do so much. With expected first-week sales of roughly 250,000 copies, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP has so far been a flop. So much of a flop, in fact, that Interscope Records is allegedly expected to be out $25 million due to the album’s promo expenses. To add glitter salt to the really fabulous wound, both Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz and Katy Perry’s Prism had superior first-week sales. We would have thought our nation’s thirst for new gym jams was unquenchable, but here we are.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Lady Gaga attends Glamour’s 23rd annual Women of the Year awards on November 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour) Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/2013 Getty Images