Morrissey has delivered a damning indictment of the music industry, painting it as being entirely under the control of major labels “force feeding” the public artists such as Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran.
The singer spoke to Colorado based publication Boulder Weekly ahead of an upcoming live date in the area. Quizzed on his feelings about the music industry in 2015, Morrissey did not hold back, saying:
“There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing. There are no surprise success stories. Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. So, we are now in the era of marketed pop stars, which means that the labels fully control the charts, and consequently the public has lost interest. It’s very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can’t possibly get any worse. It is sad, though. There’s no spontaneity now, and it all seems to be unsalvageable.”
Elsewhere in the interview Morrissey discussed the misconception that he is depressing and also his vegetarianism.
Earlier this week Morrissey announced a handful of UK live dates. The singer, who is currently touring North America, has scheduled shows in London and Hull for later this year.
The former Smiths frontman will play Hull Arena on September 18, followed by a pair of gigs at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on September 20 and 21.
Meanwhile, Morrissey recently lamented the lack of label interest at his New York show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (June 27).
Despite describing the gig as “fantastic” to fansite True To You, the singer also acknowledged that there was “zero label interest”. He added that it was “a sad sign of the times”.
Morrissey is thought to be looking for a new label. Last August, he claimed to have been dropped by his latest imprint Harvest Records, with the label themselves later denying the claims.