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Morrissey rejects plans to translate Autobiography for foreign fans

April 16th, 2014 3:10am EDT
Veteran British rocker Morrissey has blocked plans to have his recent bestselling memoir translated for publishing in foreign languages.

The former The Smiths star released Autobiography last year (13) and it proved to be a big hit with fans, shifting 35,000 copies in the U.K. in its first week, becoming Britain's fastest-selling rock book.

Plans had been afoot to have his life story published in 14 languages, including Japanese, Portuguese and Serbian, but the Suedehead singer has since put a stop to the translations.

A message posted on his fansite reads: "Morrissey has...

Morrissey scraps 2014 retirement plans after signing new deal

January 15th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Singer Morrissey has scrapped plans to retire in 2014 after signing a new record deal, and now he's making plans to release another album.

The former The Smiths frontman, who suffered a string of health woes in 2013 which forced him to cancel concerts, looks set for a brighter 2014 after joining the roster at Harvest Records, a new label imprint of Capitol.

The Girlfriend in a Coma singer is working on a new studio album, his first since 2009's Years of Refusal, with acclaimed producer Joe Chiccarelli, who has previously collaborated with Alanis Morissette and The Strokes, among others.


Morrissey is 'humasexual'

October 21st, 2013 7:20am EDT
Morrissey claims he is not gay despite having same-sex relationships.
In his new autobiography, 'The Last of the Famous International Playboys' singer talks about intimate moments during the 90s with photographer Jake Walters, but claims they don't mean he's homosexual.
In a post on fansite True To You, Morrissey wrote: "Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course... not many."
Describing his relationship with Jake, the singer wrote in his autobiogaphy: ''For the first time in my life the eternal 'I' becomes 'we,' as, f...

Morrissey finally admits he's gay?

October 18th, 2013 6:20am EDT
Morrissey has seemingly finally admitted he's gay.
The former Smiths frontman has put an end to speculation about his sexuality in his new tell-all book 'Autobiography', revealing his first same-sex relationship was with a man named Jake Walters in 1994, when the musician was in his 30s.
He writes: "For the first time in my life the eternal 'I' becomes 'we,' as, finally, I can get on with someone ... Jake and I neither sought not needed company other than our own for the whirlwind stretch to come. Indulgently Jake and I test how far each of us can go before 'being dwelt in' causes cries of ...

Morrissey confirms relationship with male snapper

October 17th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Singer Morrissey has confirmed long-running rumours he formed a close relationship with a male photographer in the 1990s.

The former The Smiths star has consistently dodged questions about his sexuality throughout his career, and in his hotly-anticipated memoirs, released on Thursday (17Oct13), he recalls how he became "we" for "the first time" in his 30s after meeting Jake Walters.

The shaven-headed snapper was a constant presence at the singer's side for two years during the mid-1990s, and although he does not reveal whether they were lovers, Morrissey drops heavy hints of a romance whe...

Morrissey Cancels Remaining South American Tour Dates

July 21st, 2013 3:20pm EDT
Ailing rocker Morrissey has voiced his frustration after he was forced to axe the remaining dates of his doomed South American tour.

The former The Smiths star has been plagued by illness over the last few months which forced him to axe his North American tour and his first few shows in South America.

He had been expected to return to the stage in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 28 July (13) after recovering from a bout of food poisoning, but he has now announced the rest of the tour has been axed due to logistical difficulties.

Morrissey has apologised to fans in a statement, and shared his ...

Morrissey joins fight to ban foie gras in U.K. store

May 23rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
Rocker Morrissey has joined a growing list of animal-loving celebrities urging fans to take action against a high-end British store over the sale of foie gras.

Stars including Sir Roger Moore, Chrissie Hynde, Pamela Anderson and Brigitte Bardot are among those backing a petition urging the owners of Fortnum & Mason to stop selling the controversial pate.

In a new letter of support for a ban, Morrissey thanks British royal Charles, Prince of Wales for refusing to serve foie gras at official events, but slams his daughter-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge for still eating it.

The form...

Morrissey Bashes Late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher In Online Rant

April 9th, 2013 12:16pm EDT
Outspoken British singer Morrissey has lashed out at late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who passed away on Monday at the age of 87.

The former Smiths frontman condemned the Iron Lady in an open letter on liberal website The Daily Beast on Monday, calling her "a terror without an atom of humanity."

"Thatcher is remembered as The Iron Lady only because she possessed completely negative traits such as persistent stubbornness and a determined refusal to listen to others," he began his rant.

"She destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the art...

Morrissey 'Hates' British Royal Family, Calls Them 'Absolutely Horrible People'

October 11th, 2012 11:13am EDT
Rocker Morrissey has brought his anti-monarchy stance to America after insisting the members of Britain's royal family are "arrogant" and "horrible."

The former The Smiths singer hit headlines with his remarks about the Queen and her family last year following the royal wedding, and he was on the attack again this summer when Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.

On Tuesday, he lashed out at the royals again during an irreverent TV chat with comedian Stephen Colbert, insisting there was nothing pleasant about watching Brits celebrate The Queen's 60 years on the throne.

He stated, ...

Morrissey Addresses Falklands Debate At Argentina Show

March 4th, 2012 5:00pm EST
Outspoken British rocker Morrissey waded into the debate over the Falkland Islands during a concert in Argentina on Thursday.

The Smiths star performed a gig in Cordoba, Argentina and he used the opportunity to address the ongoing issues over the disputed British-held region, insisting the Atlantic Ocean archipelago should belong to Argentina.

During the show, Morrissey addressed the islands by their Argentinian name, the Malvinas, and told the crowd, "You know of course the Malvinas Islands, everybody knows they belong to Argentina so please do not blame the British people, we know the i...

Justin Bieber Wins Worst Album Award At NME Awards; Florence Welch Triumphs

March 1st, 2012 8:30am EST
Florence + the Machine
Florence Welch and her Florence + The Machine bandmates have ended Adele's accolades haul with a double win at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday.

Welch and her band beat the multiple Grammy and Brit Awards winner to the Best Solo Artist and Best Track trophies at the O2 Brixton Academy ceremony, while nailing one of the night's highlight performances.

Other big winners at the 2012 prizegiving, which honors British indie rock, included Foo Fighters (Best International Band), The Horrors (Best Album for Skying) and Arctic Monkeys (Best Live Band).

Kasabian were named Best British Band ...

Morrissey Plans To End Lawsuit Against NME Magazine - If He Gets An Apology

December 24th, 2011 2:00pm EST
Singer Morrissey has urged magazine bosses to apologize and end an ongoing lawsuit to prevent a costly court battle.

The former The Smiths frontman has issued a writ against NME alleging comments he made in a 2007 interview were "altered" to make him "sound racist."

The case is due to go before the High Court in London in the new year but the rocker has now made an 11th-hour plea to bosses of the publication, urging them to apologize to him and bring the lawsuit to an end.

In a statement, he writes, "As the year dies, I return to England to prepare for the High Court circus of the NME ca...

Bigmouth Strikes Again: Morrissey Complains About Being Ridiculed For His Opinions

October 14th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Outspoken rocker Morrissey is convinced he is ridiculed for voicing his opinions on current affairs and fears he is now known only as a "bigmouth."

The former Smiths frontman has strong views on a number of topics, from animal rights to Britain's royal family, and has never shied away from putting his point across.

However, the star now fears he has become known as "Mad Morrissey" for being so outspoken - and headline writers can't resist referencing The Smiths song "Bigmouth Strikes Again" when he makes controversial comments.

He tells Clash magazine, "I think I am officially 'Mad Morri...

Morrissey Unapologetic About Insensitive Norway Massacre Comments

July 31st, 2011 3:29pm EDT
Outspoken singer Morrissey is refusing to retract controversial comments he made comparing the massacre in Norway to the daily slaughter of animals for fast food outlets, insisting they are morally equivalent.

The staunch vegetarian launched into the rant while onstage in Warsaw, Poland last weekend, just two days after two terror attacks in Oslo plunged the Norwegian nation into mourning.

Before starting his track "Meat Is Murder," the former The Smiths star told the crowd, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown... Though that is nothing compared to what ha...

Morrissey Unrepentant About His Norway Massacre Comments

July 30th, 2011 8:20pm EDT
Outspoken singer Morrissey is refusing to retract controversial comments he made comparing the massacre in Norway to the daily slaughter of animals for fast food outlets, insisting they are morally equivalent.

The staunch vegetarian launched into the rant while onstage in Warsaw, Poland last weekend, just two days after two terror attacks in Oslo plunged the Norwegian nation into mourning.

Before starting his track Meat Is Murder, the former The Smiths star told the crowd, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown... Though that is nothing compared to what hap...

Morrissey Releasing Autobiography At The End Of 2012

July 14th, 2011 11:00pm EDT
Former The Smiths star Morrissey is to release his autobiography at the end of 2012.

The cult singer has been the subject of many books, but he has yet to write his own account of his life.

Joking "the innocent are named and the guilty are protected", the British star tells the tome will hit book stores and the Internet in December, 2012.

He says, "I see it as the sentimental climax to the last 30 years. It will not be published until December 2012, which gives me just enough time to pack all I own in a box and disappear to central Brazil."

Morrissey Slams The Royal Family

April 27th, 2011 8:54am EDT
Singer Morrissey has blasted Britain's royal family ahead of Prince William's wedding later this week, insisting he won't be watching the event unfold because the monarchy is full of "benefit scroungers."

The prince is set to wed Kate Middleton on Friday and the impending nuptials have been met with excitement from stars including Helen Mirren and Snoop Dogg, while David and Victoria Beckham will be among those in attendance.

However, the former The Smiths rocker, who is famously anti-royal, admits he can't understand the hysteria surrounding the marriage.

He tells BBC 5Live, "Why woul...

Morrissey At Center Of Racism Controversy

September 7th, 2010 10:05pm EDT
Outspoken rocker Morrissey is at the center of another racism controversy following remarks he made about the Chinese in a recent interview.

The former Smiths singer called the Chinese a "subspecies" in a recent interview with Britain's Guardian Weekend magazine, as he attempted to put his feelings about the country's animal rights atrocities into words.

He asked interviewer Simon Armitage, "Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies."

His comments have upset anti-ra...

Katy Perry's Krusty Pussy

May 13th, 2010 8:53am EDT
Katy Perry
Engaged couple Katy Perry and Russell Brand aren't waiting to wed to expand their family - they've purchased a new kitten, called Krusty.

Perry took to Twitter to tell followers that Krusty has joined their cat family, calling the kitten her "third child."

Perry has a pet called Kitty Purry, while her fiance's cat is called Morrissey, after the former The Smiths star.

See more photos of Katy here!

And The Best Albums Of The Last 25 Years Are...

April 26th, 2010 9:13am EDT
Achtung Baby
U2's "Achtung Baby" has been named the best album of the last 25 years in a new magazine poll.

Editors of Spin are celebrating the monthly magazine's 25th year with countdowns of their top moments and concert highlights from the quarter-century, and they've crowned U2's 1991 album the best release.

Prince's "Sign O' The Times" came in second and The Smiths' "The Queen is Dead" is third.

"Nevermind" by Nirvana and Radiohead's "OK Computer" complete the top five.

Morrissey Angered By Use Of Dead Animals In Art

March 17th, 2010 8:35am EDT
Morrissey has taken aim at controversial artist Damien Hirst for using dead animals in his exhibitions.

Hirst, who is famous for his rotting bull and a dead tiger shark set in formaldehyde, has appalled the staunch vegetarian singer/songwriter with his art for years and now Morrissey is speaking out.

In a new article in Interview magazine, the former The Smiths star suggests Hirst should have his head "kept in a bag" for the way he uses dead animals.

He says, "I dislike the 'use' of animals in art, such as in the work of Damien Hirst...Dead butterflies, cows, horses, humans, sheep and sh...

David Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust' Is The Gayest Album Ever

December 16th, 2009 9:52am EST
David Bowie
David Bowie's The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars has topped a new list of the gayest albums ever recorded.

The 1972 classic beat out eponymous 1980s albums from The Smiths, Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls to top the new countdown in gay magazine Out.

The top 10 also features Judy Garland's live album Judy At Carnegie Hall, The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead, Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Madonna's Immaculate Collection and She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper, who was among the judges.

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Morrissey Shocks With Suicide Comments

November 29th, 2009 2:02pm EST
Morrissey Shocks With Suicide Comments
British rocker Morrissey has shocked fans by speaking out about suicide, insisting he can understand why some people choose to take their own lives.

The former Smiths frontman, who is known for his melancholy lyrics, took part in Sunday's episode of British radio show Desert Island Discs - which sees stars contemplate life as a cast away. When asked by host Kirsty Young what luxury item he would take with him to a desert island, Morrissey replied, "I would either take a bed, because I like to go to bed, or I would take a bag of sleeping pills because I might want to make a quick exit."...

Summer Movie Awards Part 2: Best Film, Worst Title & More

September 10th, 2009 10:00am EDT
The summer movie season is finally at its end. Yesterday we listed Part 1 of the first annual "Summer Movie Awards" in categories such as: surprise hit, the bomb nobody noticed, indie hit, and most disappointing. Check out more films that deserve to be recognized for their summer performances:

The Death by Twitter Award

Winner: "Bruno"

This movie made more than 20 percent of its gross in the first night. After that evening, the Twiterrati hit their little squawk box to spread the word that there was far too much spreading of limbs in this bit of borderline pornography. The resul...

Pet Shop Boys Release 10th Studio Album, 'Yes', April 21

March 8th, 2009 12:20pm EDT
Pet Shop Boys
One of the most iconic and influential pop acts in the world, Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for Astralwerks on April 21, 2009. In a career spanning over two decades, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have created some of the most beloved and recognizable hits in the world ('West End Girls', 'It's A Sin', 'New York City Boy', etc.), and sold over 30 million records. They've worked with artists like Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Liza Minnelli, Robbie Williams, Electronic, The Killers and Madonna. In the USA, Pet Shop Boys are the fourth most successful artist in...

Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

March 8th, 2009 7:00am EDT
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...

Morrissey To Retire In 2014?

February 17th, 2009 5:30pm EST
Former Smiths star Morrissey has plans to retire in five years - because he can't imagine hitting the stage or the recording studio at 55. The "Suedehead" singer, who turns 50 in May, insists he has no plans of rocking on into his 60s.

He tells Britain's XFM radio station, "I think it's incredibly slim... It's very hard to think of anybody who ages and still manages to mean anything."

Go here to enter the Morrissey - "Years Of Refusal" contest and win his latest CD!

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Morrissey Rules Out Smiths Reunion

February 6th, 2009 11:56am EST
British singer Morrissey has put an end to one of the longest-running rumors in pop - he will never reform The Smiths.

The cult band split in 1987, and fans have speculated ever since the break-up that the frontman would one day reunite with guitarist Johnny Marr for a one-off concert or world tour. Marr was forced to deny the persistent rumors last December when reports of an "imminent" reunion surfaced yet again. And Morrissey has now spoken out in a bid to finally put the story to rest - insisting he hates nostalgia.

Quizzed about a possible Smiths reunion by New Zealand rock...

Pete Doherty's Debut Solo Album Set For March Release

January 23rd, 2009 11:58am EST
Pete Doherty
The first solo album by singer-songwriter Peter Doherty (Babyshambles, The Libertines) is complete, and scheduled for North American release on Astralwerks on March 24, 2009, the label announced.

The album, Grace/Wasteland, was recorded over a month of sessions in autumn 2008 at London's legendary Olympic Studios with producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Cranberries, Kaiser Chiefs). Street also produced the 2007 top 5 U.K. album Shotter's Nation by Babyshambles, Doherty's current band.

Album collaborators include guitarist Graham Coxon (Blur), who plays throughout the album;...

Smiths Reunion Merely A Rumor

October 26th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
The Smiths
The Smiths star Johnny Marr has quashed speculation the rock group is set to reform for a special one-off gig. British newspaper The Sun alleged on Friday that the rockers, who split in 1987 after five years together, were set to reunite to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California next year.

The reported reunion would have been one of the most surprising in rock history, as Marr is said to have had almost no contact with frontman and fellow songwriter Morrissey since their bitter break-up.

The pair were even dragged through a court battle in the mid-1990...

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