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article imageMorrissey announces new album deal

By Tim Sandle     Jan 18, 2014 in Entertainment
The former Smiths singer Morrissey has signed a deal to release two new albums. This comes five years since his most recent record.
Morrissey's announcement of his return to the recording studio comes on the tails of his recent autobiography, which has topped best-seller lists in the U.K., U.S. and other areas. Aside from music, and writing, Morrissey is perhaps best known as a staunch campaigner for animal rights.
Morrissey was born Steven Patrick Morrissey in Lancashire, UK in 1959. In partnership with the guitarist Johnny Marr he formed The Smiths, who became one of the most influential alternative bands in the 1980s. The Smiths produced such songs as "Girlfriend In A Coma," "How Soon Is Now?," "Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" and "Meat Is Murder." After the group split in 1987 Morrissey started a successful solo career. In his first years he issued a number of successful chart songs including "Suedehead," "The Last of the Famous International Playboys," "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful." His most acclaimed album during this period was, arguably Vauxhall and I.
After releasing Maladjusted in 1997 Morrissey went into a period of hiatus before returning with the successful album You Are The Quarry in 2004. This was followed by the UK number one album Ringleader Of The Tormentors in 2006 and Years Of Refusal in 2009.
News of a two-album deal was announced this week by the NME and other media sources. The deal is with U.S.-based label Harvest (part of the Universal group). With a touch of irony, the announcement came shortly after Morrissey had criticized the music industry. Here the singer said: "The majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, the majority of radio stations don't play my music. It's all, now, solely a question of marketing. All success stories are safe and dreary, and you will never be taken by surprise by a hit song that sounds out of place. This is not just my view but the view of everyone I know."
Aside from music, Morrissey is said to be working on a debut novel.
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