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Ah, the contrary, unpredictable world of Morrissey.

The songSmith began 2014 on fighting form, posting a blog post on True To You which savaged the music industry. In part, it read: "The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it's generally assumed - quite rightly - that the number one chart positions are 'bought' by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don't think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular."

Just a few days later, though, the singer has penned a new major label deal. Music Week reports that Morrissey has joined forces with Universal - or, to be more exact, the Harvest imprint.

The move is in keeping with Morrissey's solo career, which is dotted with dalliances on extinct labels. The singer began life on long-shuttered imprint His Master's Voice (owned by EMI) before joining extinct reggae label Attack (then owned by Sanctuary) while Harvest, of course, was initially EMI's way of keeping tabs on counter culture heroes such as Kevin Ayers before being resurrected by the Capitol Music Group.

Harvest’s joint general managers Piero Giramonti and Jacqueline Saturn confirmed the news, with the album set to be released in the second half of 2014. Recording will begin in France later this month with producer Joe Chiccarelli at the controls.

Capitol Music Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett added: “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.”

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