UPDATE: True to You claim that Morrissey has proof that Universal blocked the reissue of his song “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris” via a letter from an attorney. The letter, which has yet to surface, claims that an Universal Music exec “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.”
A rep for Universal has issued a statement refuting a claim published by an online zine dedicated to Morrissey that it had denied the singer’s request to reissue his 2009 single “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris.” The website True to You published a story last Thursday that said that an exec refused the single, which would be “a loving tribute to the lives lost in the Paris atrocities,” in favor of another Paris tribute “utilizing [the] current crop of Universal artists.” The website also posted a photo of the singer with harsh words for the exec superimposed on it.
A U.K.-based spokesperson for the company, however, says that’s not the case at all. “We have not received – let alone refused – any request from Morrissey himself related to ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris,'” the statement reads. “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 have yet to receive a reply.
“Many people at Universal Music have been personally affected by the events in Paris,” it continues. “The implication that we have blocked a request from Morrissey in favor of another tribute ‘utilizing our current crop of Universal artists’ is hurtful and wrong.”
Reps for Morrissey and True to You did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In other Morrissey news, the singer recently released his debut novel, List of the Lost, in the U.K. “The theme is demonology … the left-handed path of black magic,” the singer wrote of the book’s theme, via True to You. “It is about a sports relay team in 1970s America who accidentally kill a wretch who, in esoteric language, might be known as a Fetch … a discarnate entity in physical form. He appears, though, as an omen of the immediate deaths of each member of the relay team. He is a life force of a devil incarnate, yet in his astral shell he is one phase removed from life. The wretch begins a banishing ritual of the four main characters, and therefore his own death at the beginning of the book is illusory.”