Rapper Kanye West has postponed his upcoming Australian tour so he can focus on completing his next record.

The Stronger superstar was set to kick off the seven-date trek in Perth on 2 May (14), but he has now pushed the shows back until September (14).

The delay is to enable West to finish his next studio album.

A statement from tour promoter Live Nation reads: "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 new run of shows will commence on 5 September (14).

It is the latest disappointment for fans waiting to catch West on stage - his Yeezus tour has been hit with a string of delays and cancellations, including the axe of his German tour dates last month (Mar14). He also scrapped a series of shows in North America in October (13) after his equipment was damaged in a road accident.