UPDATED: August 19, at 11:56 a.m. EDT
Morrissey has now released another statement through his fan-site True To You claiming that Billboard's report of him not being dropped from Capitol Music Group's Harvest Records is incorrect and that, “Once again, Morrissey is in search of a new label.” You can read the full statement 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.”
UPDATED: August 15, at 1:50 p.m. EDT
Despite a supposedly confirmed statement from Morrissey's fan-site, True To You, that he had been dropped from Capitol Music Group's Harvest Records, “a source close to the situation” has reached out to Billboard and stated that the singer still has one more record to go in his contract with Harvest. Read a snippet of Billboard's report below.
“A source close to the situation tells Billboard that Moz has not been dropped by Harvest/Capitol, and that his contract with the company calls for two releases, the first of which was World Peace.”
ORIGINAL POST: August 10, at 5:31 p.m. EDT
According to a report from True To You, after only three weeks since the release of Morrissey's latest studio album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, through Capitol Music Group's Harvest Records, the former Smiths frontman has been dropped from the company, as directed by label boss Steve Barnett. The post is concluded with the statement, “Morrissey is once again in search of a record label.”
Just earlier this week, Morrissey posted a statement on True To You that indirectly called out Harvest for not funding a music video for the title track from World Peace Is None Of Your Business, as well as claiming that he has “not received any television invitations –worldwide! – to either discuss World Peace Is None Of Your Business, or even to sing any songs from the album.”
Morrissey signed to Harvest Records in January following a seemingly difficult process of finding a label to call home.