January 16, 2014 8:00am PT by Chris Payne, Billboard
Morrissey Signs With Harvest Records
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
Two years ago, Morrissey was planning to retire in 2014. But Moz is humming a different tune these days, as he's just announced plans to release a new album this year.
The so-far untitled studio set will come through a new label, Harvest Records, an imprint of Capitol Music Group. His last effort, 2009's Years of Refusal, came via Lost Highway/Universal.
Morrissey will spend studio time with producer Joe Chiccarelli, whose recent album credits include the Strokes' Angles and Young the Giant's 2011 self-titled debut.
He also has plans to tour this year.
The news reflects Morrissey's words in a Q&A with the fan site True To You earlier this month, when he said, "We are about to record our new album," and mentioned a new song titled "Istanbul." He also reported that he's midway through his first novel, which he was inspired to start after the success of last year's autobiography.
The autobiography "has been more successful than any record I have ever released," he said.
The new album could also include three songs he debuted on BBC Radio 2 in 2011: "Action Is My Middle Name," "The Kid's a Looker" and "People Are the Same Everywhere," which was performed at last month's Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Check out the performance here.