Morrissey has responded to Universal Music after they dismissed his claims that they blocked an attempt to reissue ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’ in the wake of the recent terror attacks in the French capital.
Morrissey stated on fan site True To You that he hoped to release the 2009 single – which featured on his album ‘Years Of Refusal’ – as a “loving tribute to the lives lost in the Paris atrocities” following the deaths of 130 people during the attacks on November 13.
However, he claimed that Universal “refused” his request, adding that the label is instead planning its own tribute album featuring artists currently on its roster.
Responding to the claims, Universal has denied the accusations, stating that no request had been made while labelling Morrissey’s assertions as “hurtful and wrong”.
Morrissey has now released an additional statement regarding the subject, claiming to have proof of a letter from Universal staff rejecting his plans.
The statement on fan site True To You says: “The letter can be freely made available to anyone who wishes to read it.” NME has requested to see the letter but has not yet received a response.
Morrissey’s ‘Years Of Refusal’ album was released by Universal imprint Decca/Polydor in 2009. He released his latest album, 2014’s ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’, via Universal offshoot Harvest Records, but has since claimed to have been dropped by the label.
Listen to ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’ by Morrissey below