25 November, 2015 - NME.com
Universal Music has denied claims by Morrissey that the label blocked his attempt to reissue song 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris' in the wake of the recent terror attacks in the French capital.
Following the deaths of 130 people during the attacks on November 13, Morrissey alleged on fan site True To You that he hoped to release the 2009 single – which featured on his album 'Years Of Refusal' – as a "loving tribute to the lives lost in the Paris atrocities".
However, he claimed that Universal "refused" his request, adding that the label is instead planning its own tribute album featuring current artists on its roster.
Responding to the claims, Universal has denied the accusations, stating that no request had been made while labelling Morrissey's assertions as "hurtful and wrong".
The statement, published by Pitchfork, reads: "We have not received – let alone refused – any request from Morrissey himself related to 'I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris'. While we have not been contacted directly by Morrissey, after seeing the comments on his website last week, we asked his representative to confirm his intentions and which charity he had in mind to support via the song’s proceeds. We are yet to receive a reply."
It continues: "Many people at Universal Music have been personally affected by the events in Paris. The implication that we have blocked a request from Morrissey in favour of another tribute 'utilising our current crop of Universal artists' is hurtful and wrong."
Morrissey's 'Years Of Refusal' album was released by Universal imprint Decca/Polydor in 2009. He released his latest album, 2014's 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business', via Universal offshoot Harvest Records, but has since claimed to have been dropped by the label.
Listen to 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris' by Morrissey below