1. Morrissey Apologizes for Scrapping South America Dates

    July 16, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Morrissey has apologized to fans in Peru and Chile for his latest tour cancellation. The iconic British singer’s tour of South America unravelled when he and his entourage came down with a nasty bout of food poisoning. The former Smiths frontman has issued an amusing statement on the fan…

  2. Morrissey Settles Smiths Song Dispute, Blasts Chef Gordon Ramsay

    July 10, 2013 6:39 AM EDT Morrissey has received £10,000 ($14,800) after a Smiths song was used without his permission to promote a British food program. And in typical fashion, the British singer has donated the cash to fund a campaign that slams foie gras -- and its distributors. U.K. commercial TV network Channel…

  3. Margaret Thatcher & The Rise & Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 6:17 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single “Wannabe” in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Halliwell blurted out, “We love Margaret Thatcher!” My…

  4. Morrissey Pens Scathing Obituary for Margaret Thatcher

    April 09, 2013 5:23 AM EDT Often, people end up glossing over the flaws of the recently departed, coating eulogies in a thick gloss sheen. Morrissey is not one of those people. The iconic indie rocker Monday released a scathing op-ed, written for The Daily Beast , about the passing of former British Prime Minister…

  5. Morrissey Cancels Entire Tour Over Health Issues

    March 16, 2013 1:25 AM EDT Morrissey has canceled all remaining dates on his planned North American tour. Citing "medical reasons," a statement says the former Smiths frontman has chosen not to proceed with 22 planned dates across the U.S. The singer has been suffering from mounting health issues over…

  6. Morrissey Tour Resumes With Added Dates

    February 25, 2013 1:06 PM EST Morrissey has recovered from a bleeding ulcer and has announced he'll resume his North American tour on Wednesday (Feb. 27) in San Diego, following a stop at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" the night before. The move amounts to a rescheduling of 25 previously arranged dates, plus an…

  7. Morrissey Cancels Tour Dates Due to Bleeding Ulcer

    January 27, 2013 7:05 PM EST Singer expected to make full recovery in two weeks' time Morrissey has been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer after being hospitalized in Royal Oak, Mich. last week. According to a rep for the singer, the 53-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, but has rescheduled six upcoming…

  8. Morrissey Hospitalized in Michigan

    January 26, 2013 4:45 AM EST The singer is 'undergoing tests,' with a pair of tour dates postponed Morrissey has been hospitalized in Royal Oak, Mich. According to a rep for the singer, he was admitted to the William Beaumont hospital, "where he is undergoing tests for a suspected bladder infection…

  9. Patti Smith Planning 'Just Kids' Memoir Sequel

    December 17, 2012 7:37 PM EST After winning a National Book Award for Nonfiction for her 2010 memoir "Just Kids" -- which focused on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe -- Patti Smith is planning a sequel that will flesh out and add to the story. Smith tells Billboard the next book "is in more of the …

  10. Morrissey, Blur Among Headliners for Mexico's Vive Latino Fest

    December 04, 2012 6:20 PM EST Morrissey, Blur, Argentine ska legends Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the British band Underworld are among the artists confirmed for the massive Vive Latino festival, to be held at Mexico City's Foro Sol stadium March 14-17, 2013. Morrissey and Mexican indie band Enjambre…

  11. The Beat 10/16: PSY, Lady Gaga, Rihanna & Morrissey Go Topless

    October 16, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Welcome to the Tuesday, October 16 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. runs down the list…

  12. Morrissey Goes Shirtless, Inspires Rowdiness at NYC Show

    October 11, 2012 4:20 PM EDT "Are you feeling anything?" Morrissey asked the crowd on Wednesday night (October 10) at New York's Radio City Music Hall. "Are you still breathing? How the hell do you know?" The crowd was definitely feeling something: entranced, enthralled, and left wanting more --…

  13. Morrissey Talks Hillary Clinton, Ramones and Living in the Shadow of the Smiths

    October 04, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Morrissey gives Billboard updates on his latest projects, plus unfiltered opinions on everyone from Kirk Douglas to Sarah Palin Morrissey hasn't released an album in three years -- in fact, he's not even signed to a label, and has no home for his latest crop of songs. Yet the 53…

  14. Adam Ant Readies 'Analog-Sounding' Album for Early 2013 Release

    September 11, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Veteran singer-songwriter kicks off first North American tour in 17 years this week. Adam Ant promises that his forthcoming album, "Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter," is, like its title, "completely different form anything else I've…

  15. The Beat: Morrissey Sets Attendance Record, Jason Aldean Is No. 1

    July 19, 2012 4:45 PM EDT In today's episode of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, host Jonathan Brooks runs down the latest music news -- telling you who's making headlines and who's topping the charts -- all from the gorgeous streets of Venice Beach. In today's…

  16. Morrissey Says He'll Retire in 2 Years

    June 06, 2012 8:55 AM EDT After 30 years in the music business, former Smiths frontman and independent music luminary Morrissey revealed plans Friday to retire at the age of 55. The 53-year-old singer said that he wants to leave the business after "aging a lot recently." "I am slightly shocked to have…

  17. Hot Tours: Bob Seger, Guns N' Roses, Joe McElderry

    January 13, 2012 3:40 PM EST The legendary Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band lead the latest pack of Hot Tours with box office grosses reported from just one performance...at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets ranged from $45 to a top price of $250 for the sold out concert on Dec. 28th that drew 14,465 fans.…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Zac Brown Band, Kelly Clarkson

    December 16, 2011 10:05 AM EST 'SURVIVE' SURVIVES: Happy birthday, "I Will Survive." And, so you're back. The song first arrived on the 'KEEP' COMING BACK: SWEET SUCCESS: An act that scored four top 10s on Alternative Songs in the '90s makes its first Billboard chart appearance since…

  19. Morrissey's Libel Lawsuit Against NME Heading to Trial

    October 26, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Former Smiths frontman Morrissey is never one to shy away from bold proclamations, but he won't stand for publications putting words in his mouth. Morrissey Talks Label Drama & Book, Gaga & Madonna In 2007, one of the most popular U.K. music magazines, NME, linked the "Irish…

  20. Billboard Bits: Alicia Keys to Honor George Harrison, Pitchfork Fest Comes to NYC

    October 12, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Alicia Keys' Charity to Honor George Harrison Alicia Keys' charity will pay tribute to late Beatle guitarist George Harrison with a star-studded concert in New York City next month. Her charity, called…

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