Titled 'The New Classic', the album had been scheduled for release this month (October)

Iggy Azalea has revealed that the release of her debut album has been pushed back by around five months.

Titled ‘The New Classic’, the album had been slated for release this month (October) but has now been delayed until March 2014 for marketing reasons.

“The official date? Fucked if I know!” Azalea admitted in an interview with Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper. “It’s done, it’s so depressing to say this but it’s the beginning of March, it’s so far away but I just have to accept that.”

Attempting to explain the delay, the rapper continued: “It was supposed to be October but obviously I’m going on tour with Beyonce and they said I’m not allowed to put an album out while I’m on tour because I’ll be trapped in Australia and I won’t be able to do any TV appearances and I thought that’s fair enough, that’s three weeks and then they said ‘You can’t put an album out around Christmas time, that’s a bad time’ and I said ‘What about January?’ ‘Well nobody gets back off holidays and then it’s the Brit Awards, you can’t release an album, it’s terrible for marketing’ which brings me to February.”

The rapper then concluded: “The marketing team gets to control me unfortunately, I don’t get to control that.”

Iggy Azalea will support Beyonce on the Australian leg of her ‘The Mrs Carter Show World Tour’, which begins on October 22 and stretches for 14 dates until November 9. ‘The New Classic’ is set to feature the rapper’s recent Top 20 hits ‘Work’ and ‘Bounce’ as well as new single ‘Change Your Life’, out next Monday (October 14).