Kelly Rowland Leaves Columbia Records

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland has parted ways with Columbia Records as a solo artist, it was officially announced today by the label.

Rowland, a founding member of Destiny’s Child, will continue her relationship with Columbia Records in her ongoing role in the Grammy-winning group.

“Because Columbia Records has been my home base as an artist for more than a decade, the decision to move out on my own required a lot of soul-searching,” said Kelly Rowland. “As a solo artist, I felt the need to explore new directions, new challenges, and new freedoms outside my comfort zone and my friends and family at Columbia have been incredibly understanding about my evolution. I want to thank everyone at Columbia for the love and support they’ve shown and I will never forget how many good times we’ve had over the years.”

“Kelly Rowland is one of our finest contemporary artists and a musical force to be reckoned with,” said Rob Stringer, CEO, Columbia/Epic Label Music Group. “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Kelly and we will continue our working relationship with her under the Destiny’s Child moniker. The decision for Kelly to seek other opportunities for her solo career was agreed upon mutually, and any reports to the contrary are false.”

The “Dilemma” singer released two solo albums on Columbia. Her debut, 2002′s Simply Deep, was certified Gold in the U.S., while her sophomore album, Ms. Kelly, was released in 2007.

The 28-year-old songstress ended her professional solo relationship with Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment earlier this year. She will continue to be managed by Knowles as a member of Destiny’s Child.



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9 Comments

  1. b

    atleast this is an hint that we could still get a dc album…cant wait, wish you all the best Kells….

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  2. OhMY

    kelly is awesome, and so is bey. so i can’t wait for the new dc album <3

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  3. Giselle

    I think she’s better than staying with them anyway. Maybe a new label and manager can promote her like she was supposed to be promoted. Best of luck to Kelly.

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    just wow

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  5. BeyFlopKellyFlop

    Dropping Kelly was a strategy to preserve, shore up capital because SONY needs the money to pay off BeYodel’s copyright infringement lawsuits.

    Not to mention, her tours are not selling out which means SONY is deeper in debt because of fading BeYodel.

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  6. Catie

    Columbia was so bias towards Beyonce anyways. They weren’t promoting or marketing her correctly anyways. This is a good move on Kelly’s part.

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  7. drtash

    WOOOOOWWWW….And it took her how long to do this? Everybody’s been saying this for years…I love all of d.c. but let’s be real Kelly was never gonna get any shine when beyonce was viewed as columbia’s biggest star and Matthew as her manager, and she worked just as hard as beyonce ever since they started performing at age 9. Now that she’s left, let’s hope she brings some serious competition with her next album. GO KELLY!!

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  8. Lebo(CaribbeanBoi)

    Finally my wifey aint attached to Money grabbing mathew & bias Columbia records .. i just hope she gets a great manager and label .. Lets all wish her best of luck … i also heard Kelly is schdl to perform @ a Caribbean Island called Antigua & Barbuda Music Festival in JUNE …

    GO Ms. Kelly !!!

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  9. E!!

    & DAMN SHE LOOKS GOOD N THAT PIC….B’S A BEAST….YET, KELLY HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE N THAT CLIQUE SINCE “NO NO NO” VIDEO(SLOW VERSION) SHE HAS A SLIM SEXY THANG POPPN….ST. LOUIS GOT CHU KEL, NO BOOTLEGZ!!

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