Welp, it would appear that Morrissey’s outspokenness has landed him once again in hot water—this time with his record label.
As first reported by Morrissey’s informal fan-zine True to You over the weekend, the artist has been dropped by Harvest Records (an imprint of Capitol Records) a mere three weeks after the release of his latest recording World Peace Is None Of Your Business. The statement reads as follows:
Three weeks after the release of Morrissey’s World Peace Is None Of Your Business (#2 UK, #14 US), 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.
At press time, the label has made no official statement about the parting of ways, nor has Morrissey been removed from the label website. However, in a previous post on True to You, Morrissey seemed to be digging at the label for an apparent lack of support for the record. After praising three individuals who had made fan videos for the title track, the former Smiths’ frontman wrote, “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. God bless social media!”
Morrissey went on to mention that he had received no invitations to appear on television to discuss the album or to perform, again suggesting poor handling of the record.
Morrissey was on the imprint for only eight months, having struggled to find a label home before then. He has also had to cancel performances repeatedly over the past couple of years due to a variety of physical ailments.