World Peace Is None of Your Business

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World Peace Is None of Your Business
Studio album by Morrissey
Released 15 July 2014 (2014-07-15)[1]
Recorded La Fabrique in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, February 2014[2]
Genre Alternative rock
Length 54:35
Label Harvest/Capitol
Producer Joe Chiccarelli
Morrissey chronology
Years of Refusal
(2009)
World Peace Is None of Your Business
(2014)
Singles from World Peace Is None Of Your Business
  1. "World Peace Is None of Your Business"
    Released: 13 May 2014
  2. "Istanbul"
    Released: 20 May 2014
  3. "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet"
    Released: 3 June 2014
  4. "The Bullfighter Dies"
    Released: 17 June 2014

World Peace Is None of Your Business is the tenth solo studio album by Morrissey, released on 15 July 2014.[1][3][4] It was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and was distributed by Harvest Records.[4]

The lead single off the album, "World Peace Is None of Your Business", was released on 13 May, alongside an accompanying music video featuring Nancy Sinatra next to Morrissey performing the song in spoken word.[5] On May 20, a second spoken word video was then released for the album's second single, "Istanbul". Purchasers who pre-ordered the album received a free mp3 download of the song.[6] On June 3, the digital download and spoken word video for the third single, "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet", was made available. The video features a cameo by Pamela Anderson.[7] On June 17, the studio version and spoken word video of "The Bullfighter Dies", the fourth single, was put on Morrissey's official YouTube channel.[8] The spoken word video had previously leaked online on May 18.[9] In addition to the four singles, "Kick the Bride Down the Aisle" debuted live prior to the album's official release.[10]

Of the deluxe edition tracks, "Scandinavia" had been played live many times in 2011 and 2012, and also performed as part of the Studio in Session bonus feature on the 25Live DVD and Blu-ray release. "Art-Hounds" had been played live only once on August 7, 2011.

On July 7 2014, a four-track 10" vinyl EP was released featuring the four singles for Record Store Day.[11]

On August 20, 2014, Morrissey announced that, due to disagreements with his record label Harvest, the album would be dropped only 3 weeks after its release. [12]


Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100 [13]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[14]
The A.V. Club (C-)[15]
Billboard (77/100)[16]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[17]
Mojo 4/5 stars[18]
NME (9/10)[19]
The Observer 4/5 stars[20]
Pitchfork Media (5.9/10)[21]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[22]
Spin (7/10)[23]

The album was generally well received by critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from mainstream critics, the album has received a metascore of 70, based on 36 reviews.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "World Peace Is None of Your Business"   Morrissey/Boz Boorer 4:21
2. "Neal Cassady Drops Dead"   Morrissey/Gustavo Manzur 4:02
3. "I'm Not a Man"   Morrissey/Jesse Tobias 7:50
4. "Istanbul"   Morrissey/Boorer 4:40
5. "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet"   Morrissey/Manzur 3:38
6. "Staircase at the University"   Morrissey/Boorer 5:30
7. "The Bullfighter Dies"   Morrissey/Tobias 2:05
8. "Kiss Me a Lot"   Morrissey/Tobias 4:03
9. "Smiler with Knife"   Morrissey/Tobias 5:13
10. "Kick the Bride Down the Aisle"   Morrissey/Tobias 5:18
11. "Mountjoy"   Morrissey/Boorer 5:08
12. "Oboe Concerto"   Morrissey/Boorer 4:07
Total length:
54:35
Deluxe edition bonus tracks[24]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Scandinavia"   Morrissey/Boorer 3:34
14. "One of Our Own"   Morrissey/Manzur 3:33
15. "Drag the River"   Morrissey/Boorer 4:40
16. "Forgive Someone"   Morrissey/Tobias 3:10
17. "Julie in the Weeds"   Morrissey/Boorer 3:59
18. "Art-Hounds"   Morrissey/Boorer 5:06

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25] 58
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[26] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[28] 7
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[29] 2
French Albums (SNEP)[30] 53
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[31] 28
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[32] 8
Irish Albums (IRMA)[33] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[34] 21
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 29
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 2
US Albums (Billboard 200)[38] 14

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Morrissey Streams New Song "Istanbul" | News". Pitchfork. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
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