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Morrissey Announces New Album, ‘Low In High-School’

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Morrissey will release his 11th album Low In High-School on Nov. 17 via a new record deal with BMG, he’s confirmed. The follow-up to 2014’s World Peace Is None of Your Business – which the artist insists was “botched” by his previous label – was produced by returning collaborator Joe Chiccarelli, who’s previously worked with Beck, the Strokes, the White Stripes and Frank Zappa.

The release is to be accompanied by a run of U.S. tour dates, although only one has been confirmed at present – the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Nov. 10. His deal with BMG includes the creation of his own label, Etienne Records.

Describing the LP as a “landmark” piece of work, BMG boss Korda Marshall said, “There are not many artists around today that can compare to Morrissey. He is an extraordinary talent. He is prodigious, literate, witty, elegant – and above all, courageous. His lyrics, humor and melodies have influenced many generations. The music on this record will speak for itself.” The album is to be made available on CD, colored vinyl and limited-edition cassette, plus digital formats.

The former Smiths frontman endured a series of mishaps during recent stints on the road, including abandoned shows and canceled dates. He left the stage early in Tuczon, AZ in April after suffering vocal problems, telling the crowd: “I’ve left half my mouth in Guadalajara.” Then last month he ranted about an experience in which he said he’d been “terrorized” by a police officer in Rome.

In brighter news, he was the subject of biopic England Is Mine, which premiered earlier this month.

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