Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Taking Hiatus

Duo plans to go off the grid to make new music.

Posted: 11/20/2013 12:29 PM EST
Ryan Lewis & Macklemore

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are ready to "disappear for a while," their manager Zach Quillen told XXL. The Seattle music duo has been globe-trotting and racking up hits all year, but will take a break from the limelight sometime after the Grammys to begin work on their new album.

"This album cycle is coming to a close," Quillen noted. "We'll — I imagine — go to the Grammys in January this year and afterwards, kind of call it quits for a bit and take some time off. The guys are gonna get into the studio next year and see what happens. But we're in no rush."

The duo won't be going the mixtape route in between either. "There's no Macklemore mixtape or attempt at kind of staying around," he continued. "I think we're gonna disappear for a little while and try to make some good music and find an interesting way of putting it out. I think it'll be a quiet year."

This year was more about promoting their critically-acclaimed second studio album, The Heist, which has sold more than 1.1 million copies since its release last October and has spawned several hit singles, including "Thrift Shop," which has sold over 6 million copies and stayed atop the Billboard singles charts for six nonconsecutive weeks. 

Next up, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will head to the American Music Awards, taking place in L.A. this Sunday (Nov. 24), where they will compete in six categories — the leading number of nods for the night. 

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