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Morrissey has refused to self-release new album despite problems he is having with record labels.
Like Radiohead did with In Rainbows, the singer refuses to release his new album until he has a record deal.
As he said:
“I don’t have any need to be innovative in that way, I am still stuck in the dream of an album that sells well not because of marketing, but because people like the songs. Once it becomes public that you aren’t signed, you assume that anyone who wants you will come and get you.”
The singer is under the impression that his lack of deals is due to record labels being more interested in new artists.
“I think labels for the most part want to sign new discoveries so that that label alone is seen to be responsible for the rise of the artist,” he added. “Not many labels want bands who have already made their mark, because their success is usually attributed to some other label somewhere else at another time.”
Morrissey also states his problem with the current state of the music industry.
“The internet has obviously wiped music off the human map – killed the record shop, and killed the patience of labels who consider debut sales of 300,000 to not be good enough,” he explained.”There are no risks taken with music anymore – no social commentary songs, no individualism. This is because everyone is deemed instantly replaceable.”