The star clinches a deal with Sanctuary on the resurrected Attack label...

Morrissey has signed to the SANCTUARY RECORDS GROUP on the resurrected ATTACK label.

The long-rumoured deal was finalised on May 20 and Morrissey will begin recording his first album since 1997’s ‘Maladjusted’ “immediately”.

In a statement on the Sanctuary website, Morrissey[/a] is one of the most important artists of the last 20 years and we are delighted that he has given us the opportunity to lead the charge on this significant next phase of his career with a deal that is as innovative as his music.”

The Attack label was home to recordings by artists such as The Pioneers, Gregory Isaacs And The Upsetters, Big Youth and I Roy between 1969 and 1980.

Mercuridis added: “Early on in our discussions Morrissey proved himself to be a connoisseur of our Trojan Records catalogue and expressed such an interest in using the Attack label for the release of his records much as he did the HMV label when he was with EMI.”

Morrissey will join other artists such as The Strokes, Smiths, Spiritualized and [/a], who are also signed to Sanctuary Records.

‘The Importance Of Being Morrissey’ – a brand new documentary about the singer – is due to be screened on Channel 4 on Sunday June 8 at 11.15pm.

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