Morrissey announces he’s been ‘dropped’ by label, lamenting ‘relentless horror of 2020’
Morrissey is reported to have been 'dropped' by his record label BMG, after releasing what he called 'the best three albums of his career'.
In a statement shared to Morrissey Central, it is claimed that BMG's decision to part ways with the singer was allegedly made after the label hired a new Executive who wanted to 'diversify' the artist rota.
"This news is perfectly in keeping with the relentless galvanic horror of 2020," Morrissey told the site, "we would be critically insane to expect anything positive."
Morrissey has reportedly been dropped by his record label
The singer, 61, added: "My three albums with BMG have been the best of my career, and I stand by them till death. Recording them has been a pivotal period in my life, and I thank the previous BMG team and everyone involved for that.
"It's still important to me to do music my own way, and I wouldn't want to be on a label that dictates so specifically how their artists should behave – especially when the word 'talent' is notably never mentioned."
It was also claimed that upcoming Morrissey releases and reissues with BMG have now been 'scrapped.'
The post read: "Following the March 2020 release of I AM NOT A DOG ON A CHAIN (#1 Scotland, #1 Poland, #3 Britain, #3 France, #10 Spain, #13 Germany, #2, #9, #17, #18 U.S.A. – depending on which official chart you follow), BMG have appointed a new Executive who does not want another Morrissey album. Instead, the new BMG Executive has announced new plans for 'diversity' within BMG's artist roster, and all projected BMG Morrissey releases/reissues have been scrapped.
"Morrissey is once again in search of a new label willing to release his music."
The singer said his last three albums are some of the best in his career
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A spokesperson for BMG told the Mirror: "BMG has released three exceptional Top 10 albums from Morrissey over the past three years, including some of the best work of his career. That three album deal has now come to an end. We wish him well in the next chapter of his career. BMG continues to represent much of Morrissey’s catalogue and are working with his team to ensure it gets the attention it deserves."
Morrissey's latest release – a live duet with David Bowie of T. Rex's Cosmic Dancer, recorded at Los Angeles' Forum in 1991- is now available on Parlophone via Warner.
The track will serve as the A side of a seven-inch single backed by Morrissey's 2020 cover of The Jam's That's Entertainment.
It comes after the former The Smiths frontman released his first album in three years, I Am Not A Dog on a Chain, back in March.
His eagerly anticipated Las Vegas residency has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mirror Online has contacted representatives of Morrissey and BMG for comment.