Morrissey has alleged that record label Universal Music has blocked his attempt to reissue his song ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’ in the wake of the recent terror attacks in the French capital.
Following the deaths of 130 people during the attacks on November 13, Morrissey has claimed 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”.
However, he alleges that Universal “refused” his request, adding that the label is instead planning its own tribute album featuring current artists on its roster.
NME has approached Universal Music representatives for a response to Morrissey’s claims but they have declined to offer a comment.
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
Eagles Of Death Metal recently gave their first interview following the terror attacks in Paris. Speaking with Vice, frontman Jesse Hughes said: “They [fans] were hiding in our dressing room, and the killers were able to get in. They killed all of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket.”
He continued: “People were playing dead, and they were so scared. A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends, and so many people put themselves in front of people.”
The band pulled all remaining tour dates following events in Paris, and released a statement later in which they describe themselves as “horrified” and the experience as an “unimaginable ordeal”.