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Music Monday: What to do when an artist is on hiatus

Hello my darlings!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog. Horrible, I know! But now that I’m an adult with an adult job I have to adult some times. Ah well.

Anyway, here is a new music Monday. Late again, because of that adult life, but hey. Today I want to talk to you about what happens when an artist doesn’t release new music or tours for a while.

When an artist releases a new album, the excitement is real. Promo! Gigs! Interviews! It’s like you and all the other fans are chilling in a fata morgana, drinking that delicious water and soaking up the awesomeness. But as time goes by, the artist goes back into hiding to make a new album or whatever they do, and the Fata Morgana fades and all of you fans are left in the desert. In the beginning, it’s cool. You have a little water left and you can make do with the memories.

But when time goes by, you and the other fans are starting to get bored of waiting. There is no news. Your favourite artist only posts vague things on twitter about things that are related to anything but new music. You and your fellow fans beg your favourite artist for more information, but it’s not coming and by the looks of it, the new album won’t be released until 2025.

So a few things can happen:

1. People start to reminisce about the past.

They will bore you to death with old interviews you’ve already seen a million of times. They will post pictures from back in the day and say how cute the artist used to be. It’s nice to go back to the past, but they will post so many things from old times that you already feel ancient before the new album is released.

2. People will fight

When there is nothing that connects us together, we start to get into fights. But not fights that can be solved within 10 minutes. No when the drought is on, we go deep. We can fight about ridiculous things for hours, dragging our friends and their families into it. We sigh that the other person just doesn’t understand the artist like we do. And sometimes, fights can get so bad that it could basically split a fandom in two. Time for the artist to release new music.

3. We will speculate

And when I say speculate, I mean we speculate about everything. What will the new music sound like? What will the artist wear when they release the news? Will they announce it via twitter? Can we get tickets to any special events? What will be the first single? Will they be able to top their success? So many questions!

4. We will move on with life

For the time being, we will forget that we were fans of an artist in the first place. We move on with life, work, save money, fall in love, experience life with no queuing. Heaven. But when it is time to go back to the fangirl life, we are happy we can go back.

So that’s what fangirls and boys do during the long wait.

Do you have experience with fandom drought? Let me know in the comments!

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Ingrid is the twenty-something owner of The Sassologist, who loves everything that has to do with pop culture. While she is one of many who is in the process of writing a novel, she is also currently in denial over not being a witch. Her Hogwarts letter has yet to arrive. In the meantime she writes about pop culture and dreams about unicorns.

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