Former The Smiths frontman Morrissey is dumping his record company after staff incorrectly convinced British fans their hero would be performing at the upcoming Isle of Wight festival.
In an Internet statement, Morrissey blasts Sanctuary Records staff for the confusion, insisting he plans to take his business elsewhere before his next album release.
He explains: "My contract with Sanctuary ended last year and hasn't been renewed.
"In truth, since our closing dates last year in London and Dublin, my personal involvement in anything that has followed has been sub minus zero.
"There will be a new signing for the new album, so please wait until you hear the news from my lips. Everything else is just gossip."
Morrissey has also been further annoyed by incorrect record company news suggesting he has fallen out with longtime drummer Dean Butterworth, who has recently joined rockers Good Charlotte.
He adds: "I am annoyed that Sanctuary have thrown this in without consulting either Deano or myself."