Bjork Recording New Album, Plans Shows

Icelandic vocalist Bjork has begun recording material for her next Elektra studio album, according to reports on her official Web site.

Icelandic vocalist Bjork has begun recording material for her next Elektra studio album, according to reports on her official Web site. Although scant additional information is available, the set is being referred to as "The Lake Album." A soundclip of Bjork in the studio is available on the site. The new album will be the follow-up to 2001's "Vespertine," which debuted at No. 19 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 340,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Bjork's visit to the studio also coincides with the announcement of her first live shows since last spring. Beginning May 30 in Valencia, Spain, the artist will hit 14 European locales, including festivals in Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Germany, and Arvika, Sweden. She will also headline concerts in Paris and Moscow, among other cities.

Afterward, the artist will visit North America, with dates and cities still yet to be finalized. However, Bjork is expected to play at least one outdoor concert in the New York area in August, at a venue that her site describes only as "very special."

Here are Bjork's tour dates:

May 30: Valencia, Spain (Eclectic Festival)
June 1: Madrid, Spain (Festival)
June 6: Verona, Italy (Amphitheatre)
June 13: Barcelona (Sonar Festival)
June 16-17: Paris (Bercy)
June 21: Hamburg, Germany (Hurricane Festival)
June 26: Werchter, Belgium (Werchter Festival)
June 29: Copenhagen (Roskilde Festival)
July 5: Lisbon, Portugal (Lisbon Festival)
July 10: Arvika, Sweden (Arvika Festival)
July 12: Sopot, Poland (Sopot Festival)
July 17: Moscow (Moscow Arena)
July 19: St. Petersburg, Russia (St. Petersburg Arena)
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