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August, 11

Morrissey claims record label split

Morrissey claims record label split

Morrissey claims he has been dropped by his record label less than a month after releasing his first new album for five years, which charted highly around the world.

It comes just days after the former Smiths frontman criticised his latest label Harvest, as he also talked about a TV snub for his release World Peace Is None Of Your Business.

The singer has often found himself falling out with record companies, chronicling some of his dissatisfactions with the music business in his memoir Autobiography which was published last year.

A statement posted on the website used by Morrissey said: "Three weeks after the release of Morrissey's World Peace Is None Of Your Business (#2 UK, #14 US), 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," it added.

The star had been without a label for a number of years before joining Harvest. It is part of the same Universal Music group with whom his previous album Years Of Refusal had been released in 2009 and he was less than complimentary about the company in his book, saying they signed him "against their will".

Last week t he 55-year-old thanked fans for posting home-made videos to accompany the title track of his album and he made it clear that he felt his record label should have provided a promo of their own.

He said of the fan films: "These videos fully understand the intent of the song, and I am relieved that these films exist. Yes, a similar document ought to have been harvested by the record label, but please understand that the pop or rock industry can be as dedicated to perpetuating public deception as the world of politics itself. God bless social media."

Morrissey added: "I should like to finally make it clear that I have 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."

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