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New Morrissey Album Pushed To Early 2009

Originally due in September, Morrissey’s next album, “Years of Refusal,” has been postponed until early 2009, according to the artist’s publicist. No additional information was given about the date change.

The 12-track “Refusal” was produced by Jerry Finn, who helmed Morrissey’s 2004 album “You are the Quarry.” Last month, Finn suffered a severe brain hemorrhage and remains hospitalized in Los Angeles.

“Years of Refusal” will be Morrissey’s first studio album since signing with Polydor last year. It’s the follow-up to 2006’s “Ringleader of the Tormentors,” which has sold 98,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Plans are still in the works for Sony BMG to reissue Morrissey’s 1995 album “Southpaw Grammar” with remastered audio, three previously unreleased tracks and new artwork, but no date has been set.