Morrissey Announces New Album 'Low in High-School,' Out Nov. 17th on BMG
Morrissey will perform new music at LA's Hollywood Bowl, Nov. 10-11, 2017
On November 17, Morrissey will release Low in High-School (BMG), the iconic musician's first studio album since 2014 and his debut for BMG. This new partnership with BMG also marks the launch of Morrissey's new label, Etienne Records. The album will be released digitally and in physical formats: CD, colored vinyl, and limited-edition cassette.
On his 11th studio album, Morrissey's talent for combining political statements and beautiful melodies is more prevalent than ever as he captures the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world. 'Low in High-School' was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and Ennio Morricone's Forum Studios in Rome. The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck, The White Stripes).
On November 10 and November 11, 2017, Morrissey will return to LA's iconic Hollywood Bowl, where fans will have one of the first opportunities to hear music from Low in High-School in concert along with many of his classic songs. More tour dates and information will be announced soon. General on-sale began on Friday, August 25 starting at 10 a.m. PST for the Nov. 10 show; tickets for the Nov. 11 show went on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Recognized as one of the most influential artists of all time, Morrissey is widely credited as a seminal figure in the emergence of indie rock and Britpop. After The Smiths, Morrissey achieved greater success as a prolific solo artist. All 10 of his solo albums have entered the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including three entries at No. 1. Releasing his debut solo album 'Viva Hate' in 1988, he has since released a number of critically acclaimed follow-ups, including 'Kill Uncle,' 'Your Arsenal,' and the hugely successful comeback album 'You Are the Quarry' after a five-year hiatus in 2004. In 2013, Morrissey published his record-breaking autobiography on Penguin Classics, immediately topping the best-seller list with literary reviewers hailing it a masterpiece in writing and prose.
Morrissey's music acts as a rite of passage for all who discover alternative music. His lyrics, at times blunt and fearless, other times vulnerable and poignant, continue to resonate with listeners around the world with their unmatched emotional depth and theatrical, poetic delivery. Pitchfork called him "one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture," and the UK's Independent declared, "Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime."
Korda Marshall (EVP of BMG) said of the signing: "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, humour and melodies have influenced many generations. The music on this new landmark record will speak for itself and we are delighted to welcome him to BMG."
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