Morrissey Dropped From Record Label, Blames Diversity Initiative

    Morrissey has been dropped by his label, BMG Records. According to a post on his website Morrissey Central, all “projected BMG Morrissey releases/reissues have been scrapped.”

    The label released The Smiths’ singer’s most recent album, I Am Not A Dog On A Chainin March of this year. Since then, BMG have appointed a new executive who “does not want another Morrissey album,” the post claims. “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.”

    Morrissey added: “This news is perfectly in keeping with the relentless galvanic horror of 2020. 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.”

    The post also notes that Morrissey’s 2021 Vegas residency is planned to continue as scheduled.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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