In devastating news for pop music in the new year, Beyonce Knowles told USA Today that she'll be taking a break from music in 2010 "to take a break, to recharge [her] batteries." She claims that she won't step a foot inside a music studio for at least six months in an attempt "to be inspired by things again."
Of course, with "Single Ladies" becoming a worldwide phenomenon and I Am... Sasha Fierce blowing up as it did, with a subsequent 110 city tour, Knowles certainly had a busy enough 2009. For her work she also netted 10 Grammy nominations, the most of any artist this year.
But after the Grammy's Knowles intends to relax, "I wrote out a contract with myself. I made a list of everything I want to do that has nothing to do with music... I promised myself that I would not go back on tour or in the studio until I finished these things." With Knowles out of the picture, Lady Gaga's intricate plot for global domination has come one step closer to fruition. [MTV]