January 29, 2023

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Morrissey says Miley Cyrus wants his new album out

Morrissey spent last Christmas weekend bringing bad news about his career. In addition to announcing that he has parted ways with his record label, the ex-Smiths singer has also claimed that Miley Cyrus wants to be removed from his “hidden” album Bonfire of Teenagers.

Both announcements were made via Morrissey’s official website. A message was released on December 23, titled “Roll On 2023,” which read: “Morrissey has voluntarily stepped down from Maverick/Quest management. Morrissey has also voluntarily withdrawn from any association with Capitol Records (Los Angeles).”

A day later, Morrissey shared another note with the caption, “Miley Is a Punk Rocker,” and a picture of the two artists in the studio. “Miley Cyrus now wants to be pulled from the song ‘I Am Veronica,’ which she volunteered to perform on backing vocals almost two years ago,” the statement said. “This comes at a time when Morrissey has parted ways with Capitol Records (Los Angeles), who control the hidden album Bonfire of Teenagers. Above, Morrissey and Miley during Miley’s session for “I Am Veronica.”

In late October, Morrissey shared a since-deleted post announcing that Bonfire of Teenagers would be released in February 2023. Recorded with Consequence 2022 Producer of the Year Andrew Watt, it also includes collaborations with Iggy Pop, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Flea, Josh Klinghoffer and Jesse Tobias.

Alongside the album announcement, Morrissey was planning a North American tour and revealed that Capitol had licensed the rights to reissue several of his previous albums, including Southpaw Grammar, You Are The Quarry and Ringleader of the Tormentors.

In mid-November, however, Morrissey pulled out of an LA concert, revealing on his website that Bonfire of Teenagers’ “fate” was “solely in the hands of Capitol Records.” Over the next week, he canceled a handful of shows due to “band sickness.” However, he took a fresh look at the album with “Rebels Without Applause”.

Though Bonfire of Teenagers is in limbo, Morrissey confirmed earlier this month that he had booked studio time on another album called Without Music the World Dies. His latest album, I Am Not a Dog on a Chain, was released by BMG in 2020. However, he was dropped from the label in November of that year, blaming Morrissey for plans for a new “diversity” executive.