Australian Kanye West fans will have to excuse the rapper's absence this autumn, as he has an album to finish. He was due to visit the land Down Under for a quick run of Yeezus tour dates, but he has rescheduled them for September – Australia's springtime – so he can keep with a production schedule that will allow him to record his seventh full-length album. It's scheduled to come out this calendar year, according to a press release on RocNation.
"Due to unexpected timing requirements to finish his highly anticipated new studio album, scheduled for a 2014 release, Kanye West regretfully announces the postponement of his upcoming tour dates in Australia," the statement reads. "The tour dates originally scheduled from May 2 to May 11, 2014 will now be played from September 5 to September 15, 2014. All tickets for the initially scheduled shows will be honored for the new dates."
The press release came via Jay Z's Roc Nation, which began managing West's Donda Music – a branch of his Donda creative house – in March. The partnership covers West's "recording brand" and touring ventures.
West has been talking about his plans for a follow-up to Yeezus since late last year. In a talk with architect Jacques Herzog during Miami's Art Basel festival last December, he said he hoped the new album would contain eight songs. Then he compared making an album to designing a building. "It's just reducing down the amount of information that you need," he said. "People say a design is the point where you can't take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here. If I hadn't made Yeezus, I wouldn't be sitting here with this cool font at Basel right here."
In other Kanye West release news, the rapper will put out a Yeezus movie, though he has not said when. He released a trailer, filled with horses, lasers and religious rituals, in February. American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has said he is working on its screenplay.
Here are Kanye West's rescheduled Australian tour dates:
9/5 Perth - Perth Arena
9/7 Adelaide - Entertainment Centre
9/9 Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
9/10 Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
9/12 Sydney - Qantas Credit Card Arena
9/13 Sydney - Qantas Credit Card Arena
9/15 Brisbane - Entertainment Centre