Bosses At Universal Music UK Have Blasted Morrissey For Accusing Them Of Snubbing His Offer To Release A Track In Tribute To The Victims Of The Paris Terrorist Atrocity.
The former The Smiths frontman planned to reissue his 2009 single I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris to show solidarity with the French capital in the aftermath of the horrifying slaughter earlier this month (Nov15).
He issued a statement accusing David Joseph, chairman of Universal Music UK, of refusing his request in favour of releasing a tribute track by other artists instead, but a spokesman for the company has now hit back at the claim.
In a statement published on Pitchfork.com, a Universal spokesman says, "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."
However, Morrissey fuelled the escalating row by hitting back just hours later, insisting he is telling the truth.
A statement posted on his official fansite Truetoyou.net reads: "Morrissey 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, but has instead planned his own tribute to the Paris victims for December which will only involve current Universal bands.
"Universal Music has claimed to be 'hurt' by the suggestion that such a letter exists. The letter can be freely made available to anyone who wishes to read it."
More than 130 died and hundreds were injured when gunmen and suicide bombers targeted entertainment venues and cafes in Paris on 13 November (15).