The Morrissey Label Drama Continues On

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With every passing day, it seems like Morrissey keeps getting himself deeper and deeper into this battle against his former or maybe not former record label Harvest/Capitol Records.

The musician, for the past three weeks, has been at war with the label, but until now, the label have not formally responded to any of it. The only response which might or might not be on behalf of Harvest, was an inside source, familiar with the situation, saying that Morrissey is still under contract with the label for one more record.

For those who have not been keeping a close eye on the battle, Morrissey had claimed that the record label had dropped him following his critique of the label’s promotions for his recently released record, World Peace is None of Your Business. After that source claimed that he had not been dropped, Moz had revealed that he and his lawyer had email proof that the record label’s head and his assistant had sent them emails confirming that he was no longer a part of their roster.

In a new post titled “Please Close the Door Behind Me” on his blog site, True to You, the singer wrote about how Harvest/Capitol was like a beacon at the beginning and how he had high hopes for his relationship with them.Then, thing took a turn for the worse when Morrissey had suggested them create music videos for promotional reasons. The label, allegedly, scoffed at his suggestion and opted for clips of the singer reading songs’ lyrics instead.

But, the head-butting between him and record head Steve Barnett. Morrissey claims that the only reason the label released World Peace is None of Your Business was just to “get Morrissey out of the Inbox.”

One thing Morrissey did warn fans about on the post was to watch out because World Peace would “instantly disappear from iTunes and record stores and every download-upload-offload outlet on the planet, because Harvest technically have no right to sell it.” If you were to go onto iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Rdio right now, you would notice World Peace is no longer on the services because like he said, Harvest has no rights to it.

We’re guessing this is not the end of it.

The ‘Morrissey Dropped From Label’ Debate Continues

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It’s like the “he said, they said” between Morrissey and his record label just keeps on going with no end in sight.

Last week, an “inside” source close to the situation had reportedly told Billboard that the former Smith’s frontman was still in the middle of his contract with Harvest/Capitol. The contract that he allegedly signed with Harvest/ Capitol had the singer releasing two album with them.

His recently released album, World Peace is None of Your Business was the first of the two, according to that source, and another was still in limbo.

Today, True to You, Morrissey’s go to blog to write everything and or anything that he has going on in his head or is bothering him, has once again confirmed that Moz had been dropped by the label.

In the blog post, which was not posted by Morrissey, surprisingly, the writer claims that Morrissey and his lawyer are currently in possession of emails that were sent to them from Steve Barnett, the head of the record label, and his personal assistant in which they confirm that the relationship between the singer and the record label had come to an end.

There is also a part in the post in which the writer claims that there was no recording agreement signed by Morrissey for Harvest/Captiol which means the Moz will retain full ownership of World Peace is None of Your Business as well as the label has no interest in licensing a second album from him.

So far, we don’t think anyone knows what’s going on. Harvest/Capitol have yet to officially release a statement about Morrissey’s claims. This all comes after Morrissey blasted the label for not promoting the album like they were suppose to with things like music videos. In his opinion, his fans who made fan-made music videos for tracks on the recently released record, were better at promoting the record than the label themselves.

Morrissey NOT Dropped from Record Label, Says Record Label

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After taking to his blog this past weekend, to reveal that he has been dropped by his record label, Morrissey’s label Harvest/Capitol has revealed that the former Smith’s frontman was in fact not dropped from their roster.

Over the weekend, Morrissey took to the internet to blast the record label for not helping promoted his new record World Peace is None of Your Business. What sparked Moz’s fire was when three fans of his created music videos for three of his new tracks.

In his blog post on True to You, he blasts the label for not even trying to help with music video promotion.

Today, a source close to the record label has revealed that Morrissey had in fact not been dropped like he claimed online. Instead, the “source close to the situation” revealed that he still has one record left in his contract with Harvest.

In the original story written by Billboard, the music mag claims, “A source close to the situation tells Billboard that Moz has not been dropped by Harvest/Capitol, and that his contract with the company calls for two release, the first of which was World Peace.”

World Peace is None of Your Business was released last month and manage to reach the #2 spot on the charts in the United Kingdom and the #14 spot on the charts in the United States. Quite a feat for not having the so-called “cooperation” of your record label.

Guess well just sit back and wait for the Moz to take to his blog to vent about this which is probably happening as we type this.

Morrissey is slated to begin the European leg of his World Peace tour this coming October, let’s see if he’s able to make it through this tour unlike his North American leg.

VersaEmerge Dropped by Fueled By Ramen

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In news that might not be all that shocking, it seems that Fueled by Ramen has dropped VersaEmerge from their artist roster. While no official word has been given as to why the duo have been dropped from the record label, many can attribute that it was due to the fact that they have continually been delaying the released of their sophomore album, Another Atmosphere.

The band were originally scheduled to head out on the Vans Warped Tour this year, but decided that it would be in the best interest of the label and them, to just bow out to concentrate on working on the new album. The album, though has apparently been in production for well over a year. In May, the band released a statement about why they were dropping off the yearly festival tour, but reassuring their fans that they were not breaking up and that they were working on new material, “for real this time.”

”We’re very sorry to say that we are canceling our appearance on this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour. This was not an easy decision and we sincerely apologize to the Vans Warped Tour and to anyone who planned to see us this summer. We are still going through some important changes that would be unjustifiable and inexcusable to rush.

Do not fear! We are not splitting up. We’ve been working hard towards an exciting and much needed reorganization. It has taken quite a long time to solidify what direction we want to go in and  but have we finally figured that out.  We’re challenging ourselves daily with self-producing A LOT of new material. So look forward to some new songs… Very very soon. (FOR REAL THIS TIME)

We know that we haven’t made any major announcements in these past few months, and we cannot thank you enough for hanging in there with us throughout this vast period of silence.

We hear you guys!

We will be releasing some more information in the weeks to come concerning future plans and new music…”

As of right now, neither the record label or the band themselves have released a statement on the matter, but it looks like Fueled by Ramen are taking the steps to put them in the alumni category.

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Rick Ross Dropped by Reebok

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After a petition hit the web asking Reebok to drop Rick Ross as a spokes person for his rape lyric in Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.,” Reebok has officially terminated his contract with the sports apparel company.

This decision comes about two weeks or so after the petition by Nita Chaudhary and her women’s rights group UltraViolet, started a petition calling for the company to drop him for being insensitive about the issue of rape.

“We are appalled that Reebok would pay a spokesperson who brags about enjoying drugging and raping a woman,” Chaudhary said about why she started the petition. “Reebok devotes a lot of time, energy and money to marketing to women—and now they are paying a man who is literally bragging about raping us while absurdly insisting it can’t possibly be rape if he doesn’t use the word ‘rape.’”

“Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so,” the company said in a statement. “While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”

Ross had attempted to do damage control since the song made its initial debut by first hitting New Orleans radio station, Q93.3 to explain how it was a “misunderstanding.”  He later went on his Twitter to publicly apologize or cover his butt and writes, “I dont condone rape.Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS

In case you aren’t already familiar with the rape lyric in the song, here it is:

“Put Molly all in the champagne / She ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoy that / She ain’t even know it.”

Looks like someone will be heading to sensitivity training pretty soon.