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Morrissey has accused his record label of ‘sabotaging’ his new album by refusing to release the record or advertise it.

The former Smiths singer, 63, left Capitol Records and his management company in December 2022, but says they are now refusing to either release or return the album he had completed while with them.

Morrissey had previously been with music company BMGbut was dropped in 2020, going on to sign a deal with Capitol.

His 14th solo album, Bonfire of Teenagers, had been due to be released in February after being recorded in 2021, however the musician claims the label is ‘holding on to the album.’

A statement on the How Soon Is Now singer’s website reads: ‘Morrissey is “too diverse” for Universal Music Group. Capitol Records (Los Angeles) will not, after all, release Morrissey’s 2021 album “Bonfire Of Teenagers.”

‘At the same time, Capitol Records (Los Angeles) are holding on to the album,’ it claims.

The former Smiths star claims Capitol Records LA is holding on to his album and refusing to release it (Picture: Brillullstein bild via Getty Images)

‘Although Morrissey officially signed to Capitol Records Los Angeles, there has been no mention of Morrissey on Capitol’s website or on their Artists roster.

‘Morrissey has said that although he does not believe that Capitol Records in Los Angeles signed “Bonfire of Teenagers” in order to sabotage it, he is quickly coming around to that belief.’

also linked to an article on media outlet Medium, which argued the opinion that the former Smiths legend remaining unsigned ‘proves a lack of true diversity in music.’

It argued the musician had been ‘criticised and crucified in the press for being frank and outspoken,’ and suggested that diversity ‘nowadays really means to conform.’

Morrissey’s website announced in November last year that the new album would no longer be coming out in February and its fate was ‘exclusively’ in the hands of the record label (Picture: Morrissey website)

Morrissey had planned to release Bonfire Of Teenagers in February but announced in November it had been delayed, with no new release date offered.

He had been performing a series of shows to build up anticipation for the record, including one LA gig in which he walked off stage 30 minutes in with no explanation.

A brief statement at the time confirmed the album release had been delayed, which read simply: ‘Bonfire of Teenagers is no longer scheduled for a February release, as stated by this site. Its fate is exclusively in the hands of Capitol Records (Los Angeles).’

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Fans had been looking forward to hearing the musician’s new material, with Bonfire of Teenagers set to feature collaborations with Miley Cyrus, Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea and Iggy Pop. has reached out to Universal Music Group for comment

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