Morrissey Signs With Harvest Records

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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.

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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.

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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.