Morrissey plans new album in 2008
BBC News, Los Angeles
Former Smiths legend Morrissey has announced plans to release a new album next September.
The 48-year-old singer, who opened his 10-day residency at the Hollywood Los Angeles Palladium on Monday, released his most recent album last year.
Speaking to the BBC News website he said: "The plan is to make a new album after this tour. It's absolutely written and completely ready."
He plans to record it in the US but insists it "won't be ready until 2008."
Morrissey and his band have been on the road for the last 18 months and will close their 177-date tour in Washington on 2 November.
His 10 dates in Los Angeles will be the last at the famous Palladium venue before it closes for extensive renovations.
When asked if he still enjoyed touring Morrissey said he was "deliciously happy".
Despite the rigours of performing, the Manchester-born singer - who gained cult status as the brooding frontman of The Smiths in the 1980s - has still found time to write a ninth solo album.
He said his new LP would certainly draw from his experiences on the road but would still remain a personal piece of work.
"You are bound to pick up influences," said Morrissey, whose lyrics are famed for incorporating social and political commentary.
"But when you create and write it's very important to be yourself and that's what I've always tried to do.
"I'm outside the mainstream, and the mainstream never let me in," he added.
Morrissey's last album, The Ringleader of the Tormentors, reached number one in the UK in 2006.
It was released on Sanctuary Records but that deal ended in the summer although Morrissey has since had an offer from Warner Brothers.
As part of The Smiths, Morrissey released a string of critically-acclaimed and influential albums, including the Queen is Dead.
When the band split up in 1987 Morrissey launched a successful solo career with hits including Suedehead, Every Day Is Like Sunday and Irish Blood, English Heart.
His former band-mate and former best friend, Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, also took his career in another direction this summer by joining US band Modest Mouse.