So I have been thinking about this for days. The issue of creative control in music (especially pop music) is often a highly debatable topic. Lady Gaga recently got me thinking about this in detail. So it seems as if she has total control with free reigns and a label that fully support every move she makes, but is this a good thing? Does she have too much control? If she was forced to tone down certain things a little bit would it be for better or for worse? I for one, think that during The Fame Monster they allowed her a huge amount of creative freedom but she was still not fully free to do whatever she wanted, and what we got was a great balance. I think she went overboard with Born This Way because they literally let her have the say over everything (example cancelling Joseph Kahn for The Edge of Glory video...what did we get in the end? A messy, shit video). Another issue is of course is not having enough creative control. The first example that comes to mind for me is Christina's Bionic. It is clear the label came in and freaked out and totally changed up the original album plan she had, but not only did that happen it appears she was forced into doing a single that she hated, and promotion/attitude etc all suffered. (As a disclaimer I think Bionic would probably have been shit regardless) but say Glam was actually released as the lead maybe things would be different. Christina could have taken the leap by herself and then might have actually came back (interested!!) with a more suitable, commercial follow up to strike compromise and say "well at least I tried my way". Kelly Clarkson is another great example, except she rejected the label and of course we all know how that went. But it appears she has moved on, she obviously went down a far more commercial route with the "All I Ever Wanted" campaign but at least she gets to say "well I did it my way". Sorry for rambling but I just wanted to pose the question...when does creative control go too far? How do you strike the balance? And what are everyone's thoughts on the matter.