Morrissey has announced that he has been dropped by his record label as he lamented the ‘relentless, galvanic horror of 2020.’
The music legend, 61, confirmed that he had parted ways with BMG and claimed he ‘wouldn’t want to be on a label which dictates so specifically how artists should behave’ in a statement on his website, Morrissey Central.
The statement read: ‘This is perfectly in keeping with the relentless galvanic horror of 2020.
I Know It’s Over: Morrissey has announced that he has been dropped by his record label as he lamented the ‘relentless, galvanic horror of 2020’ (pictured 2014)
‘We would be critically insane to expect anything positive. 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.’
A message posted alongside Morrissey’s statement claimed that all BMG Morrissey releases and reissues have been scrapped.
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now: The music legend, 61 claimed he ‘wouldn’t want to be on a label which dictates so specifically how artists should behave’ in a statement on his website, Morrissey Central (pictured 2015)
It read: ‘BMG Records have dropped Morrissey. 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 USA – 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.’
However a spokesman for BMG told MailOnline that Morrissey’s three album deal with the label had simply come to an end.
It read: ‘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.
Controversial: He said: ‘We would be critically insane to expect anything positive. My three albums with BMG have been the best of my career, and I stand by them till death’
‘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 released three top five solo albums with BMG – 2017’s Low In High School, 2019’s California Son and I Am Not A Dog On A Chain in 2020.
The star is due to start a residency – Viva Moz Vegas – at Las Vegas’ Colosseum in August 2021 but is now on the hunt for a new record label.
The There is a Light That Never Goes Out hitmaker rose to prominence as the lead singer of rock band The Smiths in 1982 and went on to forge a successful solo career several years later.
Onwards: The star is due to start a residency – Viva Moz Vegas – at Las Vegas’ Colosseum in August 2021 but is now on the hunt for a new record label (pictured 2018)
But Morrissey is as well known for his controversial moments as he is for his timeless voice.
Last summer, Morrissey sparked more controversy after reaffirming his support for far-right party For Britain while also claiming ‘everyone prefers their own race’.
The singer also said he believed Nigel Farage would ‘make a good prime minister’, sparking criticism of the former The Smiths frontman on social media.
But others supported the rock star and said he was unfairly targeted for his views, including saying the UK was a ‘dangerously hateful place’.
The hitmaker has repeatedly denied accusations of racism but had promotional posters for his new album California Son removed from Merseyrail services last year when a single customer complained about his religious views.
He also stirred up more controversy by appearing on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the US while wearing a badge supporting For Britain, which has called for the ‘end of Islamisation of the UK’.
In a past interview with his nephew Sam Etsy Rayner for his website Morrisseycentral.com Morrissey offered his views on Brexit, saying the result of the referendum ‘must be carried through’.
The singer said: ‘I didn’t vote in the referendum although I can see how there is absolutely nothing attractive about the EU.
‘My view has always been that the result of the referendum must be carried through. If the vote had been remain there would be absolutely no question that we would remain.
‘In the interest of true democracy, you cannot argue against the wish of the people. Without the people, nobody in high office gets paid.’
Morrissey also claimed he was not asked to sing at a benefit concert for the Manchester Arena bombing victims because of his political views.
Referring to Oasis’s Don’t Look Back in Anger, which has become an ‘anthem of defiance’ in Manchester since the atrocity, he added: ‘I DO look back in anger! I would have sang “World Peace Is None Of Your Business” or “Life Is A Pigsty” – or something truthful and meaningful.
‘If my child had been killed at Manchester Arena I wouldn’t be lighting candles and swaying. I’d be in a complete rage.’
Icon: The There is a Light That Never Goes Out hitmaker rose to prominence as the lead singer of rock band The Smiths in 1982 and went on to forge a successful solo career several years later