Beyonce talks world tour, new videos

Beyonce_lAs if 2009 hasn’t already been jam-packed for Beyonce Knowles, the singer-actress is currently preparing a year-long world tour with dates in Canada set to launch later this month. "I’ve been working on this tour for eight months," Beyonce told EW when we caught up with her on the set of a TV ad she was taping. "It’s crunch time! I’ve been rehearsing and trying to make sure I put my set list together. Right now I’m anxious and I can’t sleep — I’ll be wanting to be at rehearsal. That’s the only thing I can think about. But I can’t wait." While details are still being worked out, she has dates tentatively penciled in for the U.K., Ethiopia, Japan, Brazil, and more, plus a run through the U.S. this summer. She’ll be backed once more at each show by the all-female band from 2007’s The Beyonce Experience tour.

Beyonce has also finished two new music videos to keep fans happy while she’s crisscrossing the globe: "Broken-Hearted Girl," from the ballad-heavy I Am… half of her recent double album, and Sasha Fierce‘s up-tempo "Ego." Beyonce co-directed the latter clip with her choreographer. "My goal for [the 'Ego' video] is simplicity," she says. "In ‘Single Ladies,’ I saw this old tape of Bob Fosse’s wife, and I used that as inspiration. I thought in this world, with all the technology and everything that’s going on, to strip everything down — great idea. So I kind of did the same thing, but glossy and black, for ‘Ego.’"

One thing that the video for "Ego" won’t share with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" is a certain animatronic appendage. "I didn’t have the Sasha Fierce hand [in the video]," she laughs. "But I have it on the tour. It’s actually even more wild — I have to figure out how I’m going to perform with that hand!"

More on Beyonce:
EW Gallery: 10 ‘Fierce’ Beyonce Looks
Beyonce’s "Single Ladies" dance contest
The six easy steps to the "Single Ladies" dance
Even President Obama likes the "Single Ladies" dance

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  • Mandi

    I can’t WAIT for this Beyonce concert. Hell, it just doesn’t get any better than Beyonce live. It just doesn’t. Bring on Beyonce…or should I say Sasha. Miss lovely lady bring to us!

  • Mandi

    I meant to say, bring it to us Beyonce. You are the greatest for a reason!!!

  • Yolanda

    I was there for The Experience and I cannot wait to see Bey this time around. Her band is fierce BTW!!

  • LIA

    CAN”T WAIT! B IS GOING TO KILL IT.

  • lola

    i cant wait for the concert. i luv beyonce

  • cesar

    The Queen B puts on one hell of a show! She is the best performer in my generation (I’m 24).. I love you Miss B can’t wait to see you live again..

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  • Jamie

    i am goin to the birmingham show of the i am… tour, and as i count down the days each day goes slower and slower & seems even futher away even though its getting closer loool!!!
    I AM UN-BELIEVABLY EXCITEDDD!!
    from the moment my mom clicked OK on the order tickets websites in around November/December 2008 times, my heart beat has been racing since and its now the middle of March 2009!!!
    I went to the birmingham show of the beyonce experience aswell & it was absolutely perfecttttttt!!
    But i also went to her birmingham show of dangerously in love tour and I thought that was perfect and couldnt b beaten until she upped her game with the beyonce experience, & honestly i dont think she can do better than that b’cuz it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!!!!!!!!
    I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITEDD!!

  • Rodrigo

    CAME TO BRAZILL!!! YYEESSSS WE CANT BELIVE!!! PLEASE CONFIRM IT!! OMG!!

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  • Sasha

    Why is she not coming to Scotland?:(:(

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  • diellza

    beyonse is my favorite singer ,please come to europe came in kosovo

  • gresa

    beyonce you are the best.you are my favorite singer your best song is baby boy love gresa

  • jim

    i luv beyonce i want 2 go Ethiopia with her

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