Morrissey's record label claim he "hasn't been dropped"
15 August 2014, 17:12 | Updated: 18 August 2014, 13:18
Despite the singer's recent assertion that his relationship with Harvest Records has ended, the label themselves reportedly beg to differ.
Last weekend, Morrissey fan site and semi-official mouthpiece True To You published a story claiming: "Capitol Records/Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey, as directed by label boss Steve Barnett. Morrissey is once again in search of a record label."
This apparently official announcement came a mere three weeks after the release of Morrissey's latest album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business.
However, sources have told Billboard that the singer hasn't been "dropped" and that he still owes them an album. World Peace Is None Of Your Business was the first LP in a two-album deal.
UPDATE: In a new post to True To You, Morrissey's spokespeople have replied:
"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."