Truth come sometimes be confusing, and especially if a music label is supposed to be promoting your album rather than trying to ruin it. Could it be the powers-that-be within the music industry (hell itself) have had enough of old-timers? Could it be that Morrissey has said something he shouldn’t have – perhaps spoken as though he has an opinion and a will of his own?
As per NME, “Morrissey is ‘too diverse’ for Universal Music Group,” the statement read. “Capitol Records (Los Angeles) will not, after all, release Morrissey’s 2021 album ‘Bonfire Of Teenagers’. At the same time, Capitol Records (Los Angeles) are holding on to the album.
“Although Morrissey officially signed to Capitol Records Los Angeles, there has been no mention of Morrissey on Capitol’s website or on their Artists roster after Miley Cyrus dropped out of his album.
“Morrissey has said that although he does not believe that Capitol Records in Los Angeles signed ‘Bonfire of Teenagers’ in order to sabotage it, he is quickly coming around to that belief.”
The site then linked to a Medium post by the writer Fiona Dodwell about why Morrissey’s unsigned status “proves a lack of true diversity in music”.
“He has been continuously critizised and crucified in the press for being frank and outspoken. Seen in this light, it seems being ‘diverse’ nowadays really means to conform – or face being rejected. You can be diverse, but only this way, not that way,’ the small print seems to say,” wrote Dodwell.
There you have it folks. Shot down -even at the height of fame. Why? Perhaps Morrissey has expressed sentiments that don’t go along with Universal’s agenda.