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January, 16

Morrissey handed new music deal

Morrissey is recording a new album after signing a contract with Capitol Music.

The former Smiths singer will release an album later this year, which would be his first new material in five years since 2009's Years Of Refusal. He will also embark on a tour in coming months.

The 54-year-old will start recording later this month in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli, who has worked with Alanis Morissette and the Strokes.

He will be joined by his touring band - Boz Boorer (guitar), Jesse Tobias (guitar), Solomon Walker (bass), Matthew Walker (drums) and Gustavo Manzur (keyboards).

Capitol Music Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett said: "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."

The label's 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."

Morrissey, whose full name is Steven Patrick Morrissey, has been working on a novel following the publication of his Autobiography in 2013.

"In 2013 I published my Autobiography and it has been more successful than any record I have ever released, so, yes, I am midway through my novel. I have my hopes," he posted on his fan site True To You.

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