Fans expecting a new album from Beyoncé this year shouldn’t hold their breath. The superstar has announced that she will finally take a well-deserved break in 2010.
The 28-year-old entertainer, who has been working non-stop since she was a teenager, will be slowing things down in the new year. “It’s definitely time to take a break, to recharge my batteries,” she tells USA Today. “I’d like to take about six months and not go into the studio. I need to just live life, to be inspired by things again.”
But not so quick. Before taking time off, Beyoncé will perform at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 31, where she is nominated for 10 awards, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year. “I was focused so much on my husband’s birthday—I threw a big party—that I didn’t really think about it. But it’s really an honor,” she says of the nominations.
Just last month, the singer shot two commercials for Nintendo’s Style Savvy, a video game that turns players into managers of a virtual boutique and features items from her Deréon clothing line. In addition, she will appear in ads and collaborate on the development of future products as part of a three-year endorsement deal with LCD HDTV company VIZIO.
So what exactly will Mrs. Carter be doing while she’s off? “I want to go to restaurants, maybe take a class, see some movies and Broadway shows.” She also plans to spend more time with her 5-year-old nephew, Daniel, son of her sister Solange. “He’s a wonderful kid, amazing, so smart. And I spoil him, so it’s a lot of work. He’s a 24-hour job.”
Beyoncé’s down time won’t begin at least until the spring as she has two weeks of concert dates for her I Am… tour scheduled in South America and the Caribbean in February. Additionally, she will be promoting her new fragrance Beyoncé Heat, which launches next month.
But don’t be surprised if the worker Bey’s vacation is cut short. “It will be the hardest thing in the world for me to make myself not do an album and shoot a video and turn it in and say, ‘I’m ready!'” she confesses. “I already have all these melodies and ideas in my head. I have to tell myself, ‘Sit down! Sit down!'”