26/11/2015 03:47 GMT | Updated 26/11/2015 03:59 GMT

Morrissey And Universal Records 'Clash' Over Tribute Single For Paris Attacks Victims

Morrissey has clashed with Universal Records, accusing them of throwing the brakes on his plans to release a tribute single to honour the victims of the Paris terror attacks.


In a post on fansite True To You, the former Smiths frontman alleges that he’d intended to re-release his track, ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’, as a tribute, but the record label dismissed the idea.

He wrote: “David Joseph at Universal Music in London has refused the request made by Morrissey and the band to re-issue 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris' as a loving tribute to the lives lost in the Paris atrocities.


Morrissey performing in America, earlier this year

“David Joseph is instead arranging his own tribute to Paris utilising his current crop of Universal artists.”

However, the Universal has now vehemently denied Morrissey’s claims, insisting that he never even approached them about the idea.

In a statement released to Pitchfork, they said: “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.

“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 ‘utilizing our current crop of Universal artists’ is hurtful and wrong.”

Morrissey has since responded to their statement, claiming that he is in possession of a letter “in which it is clearly stated that David Joseph of Universal Music (London) has no interest in re-issuing ‘I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris’”, adding: “The letter can be freely made available to anyone who wishes to read it.”

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