Morrissey has hit out at BMG after the label dropped him after a three-album deal.
The 62-year-old singer - formerly of The Smiths - has always been one of the industry's most outspoken figures but has increasingly alienated his traditional fanbase in recent years with support for far-right political groups.
Earlier this year Morrissey released his 13th solo studio album, I Am Not a Dog on a Chain, which reached an impressive number three on the UK albums chart, but a change of management at BMG has seen him dropped.
"This news is perfectly in keeping with the relentless galvanic horror of 2020," the musician said in a statement through the Morrissey Central website. "We would be critically insane to expect anything positive.
"My three albums with BMG have been the best of my career, and I stand by them till death. Recording them has been a pivotal period in my life, and I thank the previous BMG team and everyone involved for that.
"It's still important to me to do music my own way, and I wouldn't want to be on a label that dictates so specifically how their artists should behave - especially when the word 'talent' is notably never mentioned."
Morrissey is now said to be searching for a new label to release some newly-created material.