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Morrissey Calls Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran 'Obvious & Predictable'

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Morrissey performs live on stage at 02 Arena on Nov. 29, 2014 in London, England. 

Morrissey was typically outspoken during a recent interview with Boulder Weekly -- this time, the targets of his disdain were expanded beyond just meat-eaters and Obama, though. The singer called out fellow Brits Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith for being "obvious and predictable" and only famous because they have been "force-fed" to fans by their labels.

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"There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing," Morrissey began. "There are no surprise success stories. Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content.

"So, we are now in the era of marketed pop stars," he continued (hearkening back to a time when pop stars weren't marketed?), "which means that the labels fully control the charts, and consequently the public has lost interest. It’s very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. 

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"We are force-fed such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith," he concluded, "which at least means that things can’t possibly get any worse. It is sad, though. There’s no spontaneity now, and it all seems to be unsalvageable."