For once, it seems the former Smiths’ frontman Morrissey is in the news for actual, music-related reasons. After 2013 was fraught with news about tour cancellations over a slew of health issues, beefs about…um…beef, and controversy surrounding his Autobiography, MusicWeek reports that Morrissey has inked a 2-record deal with Harvest Records, an imprint of Capitol Music Group, and will be releasing a new album sometime in 2014.
Plans for recording are already in the works: the singer is set to enter a recording studio in France on February to begin work on the new project with producer Joe Chiccarelli (Alanis Morissette, Jason Mraz, The Strokes). The upcoming album, due in the latter half of the year, will be Morrissey’s tenth solo outing, and his first since Years of Refusal in 2009. Moz will be joined in the studio by the same backing band that recorded and toured Years of Refusal, along with a new pianist.
CMG Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett had this to say about Morrissey’s signing with the label: “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.”
Known for his outspokenness, Morrissey has had a tenuous relationship with the modern recording industry over the years, critical of their practices but still unwilling to go completely independent. As recent as January 2, he wrote during a fan Q&A on his blog, True to You:
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. It’s all, now, solely a question of marketing.
In addition to the new album, a new tour is reportedly in the works for 2014. Dates forthcoming.
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