Morrissey Exits Capitol Records As Miley Cyrus Is ‘Taken Off’ Unreleased Song

Morrissey says the new LP is no longer coming in February from Capitol

Morrissey says the new LP is no longer coming in February from Capitol

There are more new twists in the ongoing saga surrounding Morrissey’s upcoming album, Teenage Fire. In a pair of messages posted on his official website over the past couple of days, the former Smiths singer revealed that he has cut ties with his latest record label, management company and, apparently, Miley Cyrus as well.

A December 23 post titled “Roll on 2023” stated that “Morrissey has voluntarily parted company with Maverick/Quest management. Morrissey has also voluntarily withdrawn from any association with Capitol Records (Los Angeles).

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Today (Dec. 24), a new post titled “Miley Is A Punk Rocker” reported that “Miley Cyrus now wants to be removed from the song ‘I Am Veronica’ for which she volunteered to do backing vocals almost two years ago. This comes at a time when Morrissey has signed off from Capitol Records (Los Angeles), which controls the hidden album The fire of teenagers”. The post also includes a photo of Morrissey and Cyrus during the original recording sessions for the song.

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The latest news is another obstacle to the release of the album, which was intended to be Morrissey’s follow-up to 2020 I’m not a dog on a chain. An update from the singer in November hinted at some disagreement with Capitol when he shared that there was no longer a planned February release date for the new album and added that “its fate rests solely in the hands of Capitol Records.” Surprisingly, Capitol released another one of the Fire for celebration songs, the Smiths’ overdubbed ‘Rebels Without Applause’, as a single.

Quest’s Scott Rodger, who also manages Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire, added context to Cyrus’ inclusion when responding to an angry Morrissey fan on Twitter yesterday. “The Morrissey album was about to come out [o]February 23,” he said. “It will be released, but Morrissey himself posted a statement on his blog that the album ‘featured’ another artist who didn’t want to be credited, so the artist’s label blocked the release. Nothing to do with the Capitol.”

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When the fan pushed back and asked why management didn’t “fight” on Morrissey’s behalf, Roger replied, “The artist who did backing vocals will be removed and replaced. This takes time, especially as you approach Christmas. When you say struggle, unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. The other company, Columbia, legally blocked it. It is within their rights to do so.”

Capitol Hill has repeatedly declined to comment on the situation SPIN, and Morrissey is not currently listed on the label’s artist listing page. This isn’t the first time the two parties have had a rocky relationship, as Capitol imprint Harvest previously dropped Morrissey in 2014.

Cyrus was to be part of a long list of guest stars The fire of teenagers, helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Watt and featuring his well-known collaborators, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Flea and Iggy Pop are also set to appear on the album, which has been nearly two years in the making but still hangs in the balance.

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That didn’t stop Morrissey from debuting many of his songs Teenage Fire live in concert this year, including “I Am Veronica,” “Rebels Without Applause,” “Sure Enough, the Telephone Rings,” “I Live in Oblivion,” “Kerouac’s Crack,” and “Saint in a Stained Glass Window.” The tour was also marred by several cancellations due to illness and Morrissey pulling out of a concert in Los Angeles after just nine songs due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

In the turmoil around Teenage FireMorrissey returns to the studio in January and February to work on yet another new album, Without music the world dies. When he shared the announcement on December 8, the singer also addressed the fact that he was without a record label, stating, “There is no record label for the project yet and ways to achieve worldwide distribution are being explored.”

Additional reporting by Jonathan Cohen.

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