Morrissey entered the music industry as a member of the sensational band, The Smiths. After the band's breakup in 1987, he kicked off a solo career that has since him rise to the Top Ten of the UK Singles Chart. His debut solo album, Viva Hate was released in 1988 and ranked number one on the UK Albums Chart.
Regarded today as one of the most influential and innovative musicians in indie music, he has been praised by NME magazine as one of the most influential artists ever. The Independent has even gone so far as to state that 'most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime'.
Others, such as Pitchfork Media, describe Morrissey as one of the most singular figures in pop culture in the last twenty years. Morrissey’s lyrics are known for being bleak, dramatic and filled with funny vignettes on his doomed relationships. His baritone vocal style is also unusual, with the singer sometimes using a falsetto. His live concerts are often the talk of the town, and known all over the world for being dynamic.
Morrissey played with The Smith in the eighties, releasing songs that rose up the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album, 1984's self–titled release, ranked second on the UK Albums Chart and was followed up by a compilation album. In 1985, The Smiths released a second album, titled Meat Is Murder, which reached number one on the UK charts and whose singles also rose up the UK Singles Chart. Their third release, The Queen Is Dead, ranked second on the UK charts. The band also went on a number of tours. In 1987, they released another compilation album, which rose and took the number two place on the charts.
After The Smiths broke up, Morrissey went his separate ways and kicked off what would be a highly successful career in music. His first album not only debuted at number one on the UK charts but was also certified gold in the US. His second album, Kill Uncle, would similarly rank eighth on the UK Charts, with his singles also faring well. His third album, 1991's Your Arsenal, ranked fourth on the UK Charts and earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Album. He would go on to release many more chart topping albums, before going on hiatus in 1998. He returned in 2004.
In 2011, EMI Records released a compilation album of his songs and the singer embarked on a wildly popular UK Tour, with dates at the Hop Farm Festival and the Glastonbury Festival. He also went on and toured Europe, playing at Belgium's Lokeren Festival and Sweden's Hultsfred Festival. In 2012, he toured South America, and performed in parts of Asia and North America.
He has performed all over the US, visiting cities such as Portland, Greenvale, New York and Los Angeles. His upcoming US concerts can be seen live with Morrissey tickets in hand.