The album's cover features an image of Morrissey crouching down and offering a pen to a chocolate Labrador.
The album's lead single, "World Peace Is None of Your Business", was released on 13 May 2014, alongside an accompanying music video featuring Nancy Sinatra next to Morrissey performing the song in spoken word. On 20 May 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. On 3 June the digital download and spoken word video for the third single, "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet", was made available. The video features Pamela Anderson. On 17 June the studio version and spoken word video of "The Bullfighter Dies", the fourth single, was put on Morrissey's official YouTube channel. The spoken word video had previously leaked online on 18 May. In addition to the four singles, "Kick the Bride Down the Aisle" debuted live prior to the album's official release.
On 7 July 2014 a four-track 10" vinyl EP was released, featuring the four singles, for Record Store Day.
World Peace Is None of Your Business was released on 15 July 2014 by record label Harvest.