Last week, fan site True To You reported that Morrissey was dropped from his record label, Capitol-Harvest, after disparaging comments he made about them in a statement. Then yesterday, Billboard contradicted that report, saying that they spoke to someone close to the label and that Moz was still under contract. In another twist, Morrissey insists he has been dropped, but he never signed a recording agreement. A statement on True To You says that Moz and his lawyer have emails from Capitol/Harvest head Steve Barnett saying that the singer no longer has a relationship with the label. It also says that “no recording agreement was every signed by Morrissey, and Morrissey retains full ownership of World Peace Is None Of Your Business.” Read the full thing below:
In response to Andrew Flanagan’s incorrect report for Billboard online (15 August 2014), both Morrissey and Morrissey’s lawyer are in possession of email correspondence from Steve Barnett (head of Capitol-Harvest Records), and also from Steve Barnett’s personal assistant, both of whom confirm that Capitol-Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey. No recording Agreement with Capitol-Harvest was ever signed by Morrissey, and Morrissey retains full ownership of World Peace is None Of Your Business. Contrary to the assured Billboard report, Capitol-Harvest have very clearly stated that they would have no interest in licensing a second album by Morrissey. Russells (London), who represent Morrissey, are presently concluding Morrissey’s relationship with Harvest Records.
Once again, Morrissey is in search of a new label.
UPDATE: Morrissey-Solo.com, Moz’s least favorite website, also points out that updates to Morrissey’s Facebook page have been deleted back to 6/10 and the Harvest’s promotional sites letterstomoz.com and worldpeaceisnoneofyourbusinessart.com are gone.
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