The former Smiths frontman is unsigned after splitting with Harvest Records in 2014
Morrissey has discussed his difficulty in finding a new record label following the cancellation of his contract with Harvest Records just three weeks after latest album ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ was released.
Morrissey recently revealed that he had begun planning the follow-up to his 2014 LP. Now, speaking to Spanish newspaper El Pais, he claims to have approached several imprints with the prospect of releasing the record, only to be rejected by all of them.
“I recently contacted some labels and all have rejected me,” the former Smiths frontman said. “Pop music lives in the era of marketing which just leads to people with very low levels of competition, it is much easier to get rid of them once six months of fame have evaporated.”
However, despite his new tour mate Amanda Palmer encouraging him to use Kickstarter for his next album, Morrissey has described crowdfunding as “a desperate measure” and “insulting to your audience”.
Having recently announced an 18-date US tour for June and July, with Blondie and Amanda Palmer among his support acts, Morrissey says that most of his income comes from playing live now. “[Touring is] the only option left for me but fortunately it’s very good and exciting,” he continued. He added: “The only unpleasant part of this is that, whenever a concert is cancelled the story captures attention, but if the concert takes place it will hardly be mentioned. Many people enjoy writing negative things about me. Which is fine with me. Let them, if it makes them happy.”
Morrissey’s previous two North American tours to promote last year’s album ’World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ were curtailed by illness. He revealed in October that he had been receiving treatment for cancer. The cancellations meant that shows with veteran singers Tom Jones and Cliff Richard supporting were unable to go ahead.
However, Morrissey fulfilled all the dates on his British tour in March, naming his show at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena as the highlight of the run. Writing on his website True To You, Morrissey said: “We tender and render very sincere thanks to you for our triumphant March tour. The guilt I feel at my own happiness… Good times for a change. Is it illegal to be this happy?”