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Morrissey to release new album via Universal this year

Tim Ingham
Morrissey to release new album via Universal this year

Morrissey will release a new album this year via Universal Music’s US-based Harvest Records label after signing a worldwide deal with the major record company.

The solo star has not always enjoyed the most mutually peaceful time with the record industry, but today he stated that he was “thrilled” with his new agreement.

Last week, the former Smiths frontman stated in a blog post: "The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it's generally assumed - quite rightly - that the number one chart positions are 'bought' by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don't think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular."

Harvest’s joint general managers Piero Giramonti and Jacqueline Saturn confirmed today that Morrissey’s first album under the deal will be released in the second half of 2014.

The news comes after Morrissey's Autobiography, released on Penguin Classics in October, set first-week sales records when it entered the UK bestseller charts at No.1 - where it stayed for five weeks.

The star will commence recording of his new album – the artist’s first since 2009’s Years Of Refusal – later this month in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli. 

Joining Morrissey in France will be his longtime recording and touring band, including Boz Boorer (guitar), Jesse Tobias (guitar), Solomon Walker (bass), Matthew Walker (drums) and Gustavo Manzur (keyboards).  Tour dates for 2014 will be announced soon.

According to Capitol Music Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett: “Morrissey is clearly one of music’s most important and influential artists. He is the rare soul who has stayed consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he first exploded onto the scene in the 1980s.  We are so happy that he has chosen Capitol Music Group as his home and that his forthcoming album on Harvest will bring new Morrissey music to the world.”

CMG Executive Vice President Michelle Jubelirer added, “Morrissey is a truly singular artist whose music and live performances first captured a worldwide audience thirty years ago and never let go.  He is uncompromising in his integrity, extremely devoted to his fans and an artist with a unique and needed voice in our culture.  It’s so great that Morrissey is with CMG, and, more important, that he is about to record his first new album in five years.”

Morrissey’s solo career began in 1988, after the dissolution of The Smiths, with the release of Viva Hate.  In total, he has released nine studio albums. 

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