10/03/2008 at 09:00 AM EDT
may have more than an album on her hands – she may have a box set.
"I have recorded over 70 songs and have created a sound that reveals all of me," the singer, 27, writes about her upcoming album – due Nov. 18 – in a post on her official Web site. "I am in a different place right now and I wanted people to see the many sides of me."
Knowles will likely pare down her bounty of songs for the album, though she has not yet confirmed a title or track listing for the set. She did announce that the disc will be preceded
by two singles, "If I Were a Boy" and "Single Ladies," which be released on Oct. 7.
Most importantly, the singer says her new music reflects who she is now – personally and sonically.
"I have worked on this album for close to one year," she writes. "I have taken the time so I can create my sound. Something that says who I am at this stage in my life. I have poured my heart and soul into it. It is my baby. It is the most time I have spent on any project since my first records as a member of Destiny's Child," her posting says.
As for the sound, "The music is upbeat for the dance, fun side and it is reflective, passionate and serious for the personal side," Knowles writes. "I have taken risks here. I am not afraid and my music will explain it all."
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