Morrissey Slams ”Marketed Pop Stars” Including Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, Thinks Labels ”Control the Charts”

Prepare yourselves for another round of brutal honesty from Morrissey.

The formal Smiths frontman, who has become notorious for speaking his uncensored mind about prominent figures including the royal family, may be busytouring across the country this summer.

But that didn’t stop the 56-year-old from sounding off on today’s “obvious and predictable” music industry. Here’s a tease: He’s not a fan of the pop stars.

“There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing. There are no surprise stories,” he explained to Boulder Weekly. “Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content.”

He continued, “So we are now in the era of marketed pop stars, which means that the labels fully control the charts, and consequently the public has lost interest.”

While Morrissey may appear to be vague in his word choice, the rock star eventually goes deeper and begins to drop names of Grammy winning artists. The established (and beloved) performers may come as a surprise to some.

“It’s very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can’t possibly get any worse,” he explained. “It is sad, though. There’s no spontaneity now, and it all seems to be unsalvageable.”

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