Beyonce is blocking off time for a 2009 tour in support of her upcoming third solo album, due Nov. 18 via Music World/Columbia. The artist will play international dates next spring, followed by a North American tour in early summer.
The as-yet-untitled new album will be preceded by two singles: “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies,” which hit U.S. radio Oct. 14. Videos for both songs were directed by Jake Nava and will begin airing later this month.
The artist will perform one of the new singles Nov. 6 as part of the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, England.
Also in the works is a Beyonce AOL Sessions and a deluxe edition of the album, also due Nov. 18, featuring as-yet-unannounced bonus tracks.
“I have worked on this album for close to one year,” Beyonce says on her Web site. “It is the most time I have spent on any project since my first records as a member of Destiny’s Child when I was 15 years old. I have recorded over 70 songs and have created a sound that reveals all of me.”