A Morrissey fan site is reporting that the singer has been dropped by his label, Harvest Records.
True To You broke the news on Saturday, just three weeks after the release of Morrissey’s new album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business. A statement on the fanzine read: “…Capitol Records/Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey, as directed by label boss Steve Barnett. Morrissey is once again in search of a record label.”
The news comes less than a week after Morrissey, on the same fan site, released a statement that criticised the Capitol Records/Harvest label. In the statement he thanks fans for their homemade videos to songs from his latest album, before comparing them favourably to the actions of his label: “Yes, a similar document ought to have been harvested by the record label, but please understand that the pop or rock industry can be as dedicated to perpetuating public deception as the world of politics itself.” In the same message, Morrissey also found time to claim that “Meat consumption is climate change.”
World Peace Is None Of Your Business reached number 2 on the UK album charts. It is so far unclear whether the label’s actions have been influenced by Morrissey’s candid criticism.
Morrissey’s appetite for controversy has been particularly evident since the release of his new album. In an interview with Hot Press Magazine the outspoken star took in vegetarianism - “It would be a great help if Princess Anne gassed Jamie Oliver” – and even weighed in on the Scottish referendum, urging Scots to “cut ties with the United King-dumb”.
He may be down a record label but the man is never short on opinions.