He may have broken records with first-week sales of his autobiography but Morrissey still can’t land a record deal despite a rabid fanbase and healthy sales for his previous solo albums.

Moz's co-writer Boz Boorer, who has worked with the former Smiths singer since the early nineties, blames the sorry state of the music industry for the lack of new songs from Morrissey.

Asked by website God Is In the TV whether he's been affected by the industry slump, Boorer said: "Not with regard to shows but Morrissey is unable to secure a record deal so we haven't made a record in a few years, despite having an arsenal of new material."

Morrissey's last solo album Years Of Refusal was released in 2009. Boorer, who has also worked with The Polecats and Edwyn Collins, says that he and Morrissey are still writing new music, they just can't afford to release it.

"I submit finished tracks, Morrissey writes over them, sometimes they are edited, keys are changed, sometimes not."