Morrissey has unsurprisingly reacted in furious fashion after it was revealed that his record label has decided not to extend his current deal. In response, the former frontman of The Smiths has written an open letter in which he blames diversity for the reason he was dropped.
The 61-year-old singer has released three albums since 2017 with the label, all which have all performed relatively well in the UK with I Am Not A Dog On A Chain charting at number three in February. However, Morrissey has made an array of controversial comments over the last few years and BMG have decided to no longer work with him. A spokesperson for the label has since told The Mirror that Morrissey only had a three-album deal with the label that has now come to an end and they have chosen not to extend it — rather than drop him.
“This news is perfectly in keeping with the relentless galvanic horror of 2020,” Morrissey started his statement on Morrissey Central by saying before adding: “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.”
His statement then continued: “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.”
Next to Morrissey’s statement reads: “BMG Records have dropped Morrissey. Following the March 2020 release of I AM NOT A DOG ON A CHAIN (#1 Scotland, #1 Poland, #3 Britain, #3 France, #10 Spain, #13 Germany, #2, #9, #17, #18 USA – depending on which official chart you follow), BMG have appointed a new Executive who does not want another Morrissey album.
“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,” the statement adds.
The statement then closes with a quote said to be from BMG UK president Alistair Norbury: “There are too many cases of successful artists languishing at labels who are no longer interested in them.”