i think a lot of people want a reason to blame someone who isn't lana when in reality it's probably her. she gave us the date and then gave us no update. she never promoted her single or gave us a date. we damn well know ben and ed have historically told her to change covers when they're ugly. i'm sure they would love for all of their artists to rake in money - its GREAT to have in their portfolio of artists - but the more we go on the more its just looking like it's lana.
i have a feeling she was over-managed or over-directed during the Paradise era, and started to find strain with ultraviolence, and eventually it came to a head with the honeymoon era. visually and sonically i'm sure she had a LOT of input in the BTD/Paradise era - some of the stuff she was producing in that era could only have come from someone as eclectic as lana. but man, remember how much work she was doing? around 100 tour dates, an entire album, deluxe album and expansion EP, endless amounts ten minute music videos, an entire short film, countless TV performances, film soundtracks...and eventually that all came to a head when she was sick on tour, talking about how depressed she was in interviews and eventually admitting that sometimes she's suicidal during the Ultraviolence era. i think she began pulling back and eventually pulled right back until we barely even got a tour during the HM era. from there is seems her record label are less trying to control her (she makes money regardless of whether or not the singles are doing well) and more letting her take the drivers seat. much to an organisational dismay.
ben and ed said it best themselves everytimes they've cautioned us that lana is simply her own person, creating her own art in her own world. we're just peering in.