Morrissey splits with management firm

Ex-Smiths frontman had joined ie:music in May

LONDON -- Morrissey has split with artist management firm ie:music after three months. An ie:music spokesman confirmed that it had parted company with the ex-Smiths frontman, but declined to give any details.

Morrissey joined ie:music in May, following his split with previous manager Merck Mercuriadis, ex-CEO of the now defunct music company Sanctuary U.S.

Other acts managed by ie:music, which is run by Tim Clark and David Enthoven, include Robbie Williams, Craig Armstrong and Sia.

It's been a tumultuous past couple of months for Morrissey. First, his completed new album, "Years of Refusal," was bumped from a fall release to Feb. 2 by Universal for unspecified reasons. No U.S. label is on board for the project.

Then, former label Warner Bros. announced the release of a "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" DVD, which the artist blasted as being done "without any consultation to me whatsoever, and in breach of their terms as laid out by themselves in an agreement made for the film between Warner and my ex-manager."

And last week, producer Jerry Finn, who had worked on "Years of Refusal," passed away after suffering a massive brain hemmorhage in July.