It has been one confusing week for Morrissey fans.
Last Saturday, the website True-to-You.com posted a statement that Morrissey had been dropped by his label, Harvest Records, less than a month after the release of his latest album, World Peace is None of Your Business. Yesterday (Friday), Billboard reported that this was untrue and that the singer remained under contract for two albums through Harvest.
Today, a letter appeared on True-to-You, attributed to Harvest Records, not only refuting the Billboard story and confirming that they have ended relations with Morrissey, but also saying that the singer and the company had never signed a formal agreement.
Billboard report Morrissey Wasn't Dropped By His Record Label
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.
Stereogum (via the much hated by Morrissey site Morrissey-Solo.com) is also reporting that all messages on the singers Facebook page back to June 10 are now gone and that three sites run by Harvest, letterstomoz.com, worldpeaceisnoneofyourbusiness.com and worldpeaceisnoneofyourbusinessart.com, have been shut down.
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