UPDATE (5/17): Morrissey's record label Harvest Records has "taken over" the account "to protect it from interlopers." The label added, "Alas, it's already time to bid farewell to the account."
Panic on the tweets of London. Last week, Morrissey fans finally felt joy at their hero posting his first tweet since joining Twitter in 2009. His first tweets, "Hello. Testing, 1, 2, 3. Planet Earth, are you there? One can only hope..." and "Follow, follow, follow. Twitter is the perfect metaphor for...something. Dunno what," had all the self-deprecation and cynicism of a Morrissey lyric.
Unfortunately, despite the appearance of being a verified account and getting a retweet from Twitter Music, the singer has taken to his quasi-official fan club site True to You to deny any involvement in the social (antisocial?) media site.
"I would like to stress that I do not have either a Twitter or a Facebook account," wrote the singer. "I gather that a Twitter account has been opened in my name - as 'It's Morrissey' - but it is NOT Morrissey. I do not know who has opened this recent Twitter account, but please be aware that it is bogus. That's, of course, if you should remotely care." The former Smiths frontman signed it, "Untwitterably yours."
A spokesperson for Twitter was not immediately available for comment.
Earlier this week, Morrissey shared the title track from the upcoming album World Peace Is None of Your Business alongside a spoken-word video featuring Nancy Sinatra. The song finds Moz bitterly crooning about social inequality over lush orchestration.
The album, set for release July 15th, is Morrissey's first solo effort since 2009's Years of Refusal. After struggling to find a record label, Morrissey inked a two-album deal with Harvest Records and Capitol Music back in January, enlisting many of the same musicians who played on Years of Refusal.
Morrissey launched his North American tour at the San Jose City National Civic last week with a career-spanning set that included three new cuts from World Peace: the title track, "The Bullfighter Dies," and "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet." Midway through show closer "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell," a handful of well-meaning, if ill-advised, fans rushed the stage, causing a pile-up that forced the singer's band to pull people off and abruptly end the show. Now, those same fans won't even be able to DM the singer their words of admiration.