It's been a long time coming but Morrissey looks set to release his first album in almost five years after signing a worldwide record contract with Universal Music offshoot Harvest Records.

A statement released by the former Smith said that he was "thrilled" to have signed the deal which comes on the back of the success of his recently published autobiography. Moz' new album - his tenth solo effort - will likely be released in the second half of this year and will be the first since 2009's Years of Refusal.

It is expected that Morrissey will also undergo significant touring to support the upcoming record. 

Speaking of the new deal, CMG Executive Vice President Michelle Jubelirer said: "Morrissey is a truly singular artist whose music and live performances first captured a worldwide audience 30 years ago and never let go. He is uncompromising in his integrity, extremely devoted to his fans and an artist with a unique and needed voice in our culture. It’s so great that Morrissey is with CMG, and, more important, that he is about to record his first new album in five years."

Colour us VERY excited for this one!