Monday, August 11, 2008

Morrissey explains the delay

People who care about such things might have noted last week that the new album from Morrissey has slipped back to 2009. The reason is a delay in deciding who'll be releasing it in the US:

At the wish of Universal Music, Years of refusal has been put back to a February 2nd release. There is also, at this stage, still no US label for the album since Morrissey withdrew from Decca US after their poor promotion for the Greatest hits release. There are no further live dates planned for the remainder of 2008.

The decision on which Universal imprint is going to release the record in the US is taking a hell of a long time, doesn't it?

Mozzer also took the chance to moan a little bit about a new Smiths compilation:
It is understood that Warner Music in London are releasing a Smiths Greatest Hits album in the final quarter of 2008. This release is without Morrissey's approval or involvement.

To be fair, it's not entirely clear what effect Morrissey thinks the lack of his involvement is going to have on a cheap Christmas cash-in. Nobody who would boycott the record because he disapproves is likely to need yet another singles collection anyway.


Bob said...

So Universal have asked for it to be delayed so another arm of the group can service it after a different arm fouled up the last album? Righto.

danbutt said...

The post on true-to-you doesn't actually say that this is the reason for the delay - that's just the NME's (unwarranted) gloss. It's possible that it might be to do with the fact that the album's producer, Jerry Finn, has, very sadly, just died.

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