Morrissey may have kicked off a Battle of the Sad Bastards today with comments he made about fellow British singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.
In a interview with Boulder Weekly, Moz decried the lack of organic success stories in modern pop music before laying into Sheeran and Smith in particular.
“There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing,” he said. “Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. 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.”
For artists like Smith and Sheeran, who were likely influenced by Morrissey’s sadsack style, that has to hurt. Neither artist has responded, which seems to be the best way to deal with Moz.