Morrissey signs to new label and confirms 2014 album release

Morrissey signs to new label and confirms 2014 album release

MORRISSEY has finally signed a deal for his new solo album and will begin recording next month.

The former Smiths frontman has agreed a two-album deal with Harvest Records and Capitol Music, the first of which will be released in the second half of the year.

It will be the singer’s 10th full-length album, his first since 2009's Years of Refusal.

According to a statement given by the singer, Morrissey is "thrilled" with the new contract.

The 54-year-old plans to record the album in France later this month alongside his long time touring band.

American producer Joe Chiccarelli - who has produced records by Jason Mraz, the Strokes and Alanis Morissette - will produce the new album.

Harvest Records, which also represents Death Grips and Beady Eye in North America, is a subsidiary of Universal Music and is the same label that represented him three years ago.

"I now no longer expect to live long enough to experience an offer to record for a grownup label," Morrissey said in 2011.

Morrissey claimed in another interview that labels only want to sign "new discoveries so that that label alone is seen to be responsible for the rise of the artist.

"I don't have any need to be innovative in that way ... All I have to offer the world are songs," he added.

Earlier this month, the singer revealed that he was also writing his first novel following the success of his international best-selling autobiography.

"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 said.