Beyonce to release 3rd album
Beyonce will hit the road in 2009 for her third solo album. Beyoncé not only features the powerful R&B vocals of her own, but also those of her alter-ego Sasha Fierce. The two-sided album will contain more of a classic R&B-jazz sound on Beyoncé's side, while Sasha's hip-hop vibe emulates the sound of her surname. The set is led by singles "If I Were a Boy" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," and you'll get the former immediately when you pre-order before the album is released on November 18th.
"Sasha Fierce is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken side and more glamorous side that comes out when I'm working and when I'm on the stage."
Beyonce will hit Europe and Asia in the spring, followed by a North American tour in the early part of the summer. Radio got the new singles on October 14th.
Title: 3rd album
Release date: 11/18/08
Label: Columbia Records
Buy at: Amazon
Beyonce will perform one of those tracks November 6th at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, England.
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Music World Music/Columbia Records will release the third full-length studio album from the international superstar and cultural icon Beyoncé on Tuesday, November 18. Forget mere celebrity. Beyoncé says she aspires to icon status. "There is a time limit on being a pop star, yes," the Grammy-winning singer tells the October issue of Marie Claire's U.K. edition. "Being a legend, an icon? Absolutely not." "I'm over being a pop star," Beyoncé adds. "I don't wanna be a hot girl - I wanna be iconic."
Still, she admits to being frustrated with the demands of her career: "There are responsibilities that come along with this life ... trying to have a romantic meal without someone sneaking in to film the whole thing," says Beyoncé, who married Jay-Z in April. "I have to work really hard and it's fine because I like it, I love it, but it's a lot of sacrifice."
Acknowledging the challenges of being a minority in Hollywood, Beyoncé gives a nod to her own role models: "I think I'm opening doors for more black women, just like Halle Berry and Diana Ross opened doors for me."
The singer also expressed a sense of excitement for the political future. Regarding Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, she says, "I'm really proud. I think we're making a bit of progress, it's an exciting time. We all feel part of our country now."
Also, Beyonce will release her third solo album this fall. Columbia Records announced that the as yet untitled CD will hit stores on November 18th. It'll be the R&B singer's follow-up to her chart-topping 2006 album, "B'Day."
Beyoncé's fans will get their first glimpse of the artist's new album with the simultaneous release of two of the album's key tracks -- "If I Were A Boy" and "Single Ladies" -- scheduled to impact radio on October 7.
With all songs co-written and co-produced by Beyoncé, the artist's third studio album is her most personal, reflective and revelatory collection to-date.
Lensed live at Radio City Music Hall on September 5, Beyoncé's spectacular performance at the "Fashion Rocks" fifth anniversary extravaganza, a star-studded concert honoring the relationship between music and fashion, will be broadcast on CBS on Tuesday, September 9 at 9pm (ET/PT). Please check your local listings.
"3rd album" by Beyonce - release date: 11/18/08..