Kelly Rowland To Switch Management?

Published: Wednesday 3rd Dec 2008 by Sam
Kelly Rowland To Switch Management? Calls from fans and critics alike for Kelly Rowland to switch management are almost as old as time. However, my girl Natasha over at The YBF is reporting that the ‘Like This’ singer is on the verge of jumping ship. Check out the report below:

A source who works very closely with SONY/BMG tells us that Destiny’s Step-Child singer Kelly Rowland is set to change lanes when it comes to her her manager and career. Yeah we’ve heard this rumor before, but this time it seems quite legit. She was recently spotted meeting with 19 Entertainment’s Simon Fuller, who she is expected to announce as her new manager at the top of the year. We predict her current manager Mathew Knowles ain’t gonna like this.

Simon is the current manager of international acts like The Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Carrie Underwood and David and Victoria Beckham. And Kelly may not be the superstar that her group member Beyonce is in the United States, but the singer is a mega-star in Europe where she has been playing arena-size venues with the biggest international pop acts.

Apparently 27-year-old Kelly is tired of playing the backseat to Beyonce who is also managed by Papa Knowles and intends to ax B’s daddy in the coming weeks.

The album Ms. Kelly was released in the U.S. in 2007 after being pushed back numerous times for Beyonce’s B’day CD. After Ms. Kelly came out, the CD sold underwhelming numbers.

In the U.K., the CD had an impressive debut and bolted up the charts after the song “Work” hit radio. The CD was re-released in the Europe and in Japan as, Ms. Kelly Deluxe, and was a chart-topper. The re-release was only available for digital download in the U.S.

Unfortunately, Kelly’s U.S. success doesn’t match her international career and before she ends up like U.S. singer Anastacia, who is an international superstar but doesn’t sell records in America, Kelly is ready for a management overhaul to get things together. ‘Bout damn time Kelly.

I guess time will tell if this turns out to be true. Regardless, my hope is that she is afforded the chance to become the world class solo star she is more than capable of becoming.

Kelly’s as yet untitled third studio album is set to hit stores at some point during 2009 via Columbia Records.

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  1. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    It would be a good change for her. Simon Fuller is a great manager. I’m sure he will do his best for her. It’s high time For Kelly and even Michelle to change her managment staff. If it’s true, I hope thatIt will not affect Destiny’s Child future. We all know that Papa Knowles will not accept Kelly’s decision. Remember Letoya and Latavia? Time will tell…

  2. ND December 3, 2008

    WoW Sam this is the BIGGEST KELLY NEWS I’ve heard all YEAR!! OMG

    I PRAY FOR HER SUCCESS!

  3. MRSJONES December 3, 2008

    WELL IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME MS. ROLAND!! HOPEFULLY THIS IS GOING TO BE THE STEP THAT MAKES HER A BIGGER HOUSEHOLD NAME IN THE U.S, AS A SOLO ARTIST ANYWAY. SHE’S STILL NOT BEYONCE, BUT I THINK SHE HAS THE TALENT TO REALLY SHINE IF SHE GETS WITH SOMEONE WHO’S WILLING TO FOCUS ON HER

  4. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    WoW Sam.. This is the BIGGEST KELLY NEWS I’ve heard all year!! Go Get ‘Em KELLY!!!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    well well it,s about time i,m not surprised he,ll probably be like an asst manager or something something has happened to kelly this past yr she,s grown up a lot and i definitely believe gotten smarter.

  6. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    ^^ agree 100% it better be true cos she got a little press with her first album but Ms Kelly was badly managed and pushed aside cos Beyonce wanted to go up against Letoya with that hot garbage she called B day, Kelly needs to stand on her own and remember her manager is suppose to care about her career adn want her to be a sucess not in someone elses’s shadow

  7. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    IT’S ABOUT TIME , I THINK KELLY HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO BE FAMOUS AS BEYONCE. SHE JUST DOESN’T GET TO SHOW HER SKILLS. I HOPE THIS TIME THIS IS TRUE, THIS RUMOR CAME OUT AT THE SAME TIME HER “MISS KELLY” ALBUM CAME OUT. IF SHE DOES CHANGE MANAGEMENT I REALLY LOOK FOREWARD FOR HER NEXT ALBUM. BECAUSE NOW I KNOW SHES GONNA GET TO DO HER OWN THING. OHHHHHHHHH I SO HOPE THIS IS TRUE, IF IT IS I WONDER WILL THERE BE CONFLICT BETWEEN BEYONCE AND KELLY. IF SO THE ONLY ONE WHO SHOULD BE MAD IS KELLY SHES BEEN GETTING ROBBED OF HER CARRER. SHE DESERVES THE SAME SUCCESS AS BEYONCE.

  8. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    WELLL, WELL, WELL, LOOKS LIKE WE MAY BE READY TO GET ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR… KELLY ITS BEEN DUE TIME!! IM PROUD!! YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL ABROAD NOW LETS DO IT IN THE US. WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE TO MOVE FROM HOME TO GET LOVE WHEN YOU CAN GET IT HERE!! YOU DESERVE IT!!

    MS. KELLY HAS SOLD 1.2 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE.. WHICH ISNT MANY BUT THIS IS WHITHOUT ANY PROMO LETS GO TEAM KELLY!!!

    SOLANGE AND BEYONCE ARE EVERYONE PEOPLE SO SHOULD SHE!! SHE CONTRIBUTED AS MUCH AS BEY TO GROUP FROM DAY 1….

  9. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    i’ll believe it when i actually see it.

  10. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    Finally I was soo happy when i read this i hope this is true because kelly’s last album was actually good and it could have done very well if her mangament put out the right singles to follow after like this Work should have been the 2 single it would have been a nice summer jam the third single should have been still in love with my ex and the fouth should have been love that was the best song one the album i love all kelly mitchelle and beyonce i feel like they should all have huge sucess and not just one they all can sing

  11. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    It`s about time! Kelly has talent and she is hawt!! She deserves better!!!! Ms. Kelly was a good album!
    GO KELLY

  12. delroy December 3, 2008

    I agree with the comment abv she is good, very very good. I loved her last LP and as much as i like B i think Kelly is far better and thats just comparing Kelly two Albums to Beyonces 3. I mean her last effort i aint anything different to bday when you think about it really. This aint hating Beyonces new alb has some big tunes on it but i can’t help but compare her new effort to Kelly’s last. I can’t wait to hear Kelly’s new album, i heard that shes going to switch up her game once agin which is always good. it’s boring being samey, esp with so many acts around at the mo that do the same thing.

  13. Philly December 3, 2008

    I’m so glad someone mentioned Anastacia. 10 million copies of her last album and NOT A SINGLE ONE SOLD IN AMERICA. Kelly would be better off skipping america entirely.

  14. MzJGaines December 3, 2008

    I’m so happy for Kelly . . . she is so talented . . . this shouldn’t cause a problem because it’s just business . . . Solange changed labels and Papa Knowles had to deal with it . . . they should all be happy for her . . .

    Philly . . Ms Kelly should not skip the US, because she does have fans here that support her work . . .

  15. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    I really hope this true……Kelly Rowland derserves all the success……

  16. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    YES! This better be true. I’m so ready for Kelly to get the shine that she deserves and I guess she’s finally ready too. I hope this new manager is aware of what a gem Kelly is and does everything in his power to make her the WORLDWIDE success that she deserves to be because I am a U.S. citizen and I want to see Kelly become a huge act here as well as over seas. I’ve always prefered her over the other ones.

  17. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    matthew manages solange how did she changed labels? this is really good news 4 kelly hope its true she deserves all the success in the whole world she is the best member of destiny’s child imo i hope this doesn’t affect their future tho

  18. T December 3, 2008

    YES!!!!!!! MS. KELLY DERSERVD EXPOSURE BEYOND BELIEF, IDK WHY THEY F***** HER OVER BUT I’M EXCITED, MORE POWER TO HER, I WILL DEFINITELY BE SUPPORTING HER, AS USUAL!!!

  19. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    Go Kelly! Its about time she realize you need to leave Papa Knowles. He has done nothing for her solo career..

  20. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    I agree with the majorty of what’s already been said if this turns out to be true, this is definitely the best move for her and should have happened a long time ago. I think with the right guidance she can achieve the success she deserves.

  21. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    I am happy with this news, and I hope it is true. She has what it takes to be an international star. She can dance and sing, because she proved that when she was in Destiny Child. She just needs some good songs, and somebody who is committed to promoting her. Papa Knowles will not let anybody be a bigger star over his daughter Beyonce.

  22. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    i didnt know Kels was big outside the US. That’s nice to hear

  23. Sandra December 3, 2008

    Thank You Jesus! Kelly Rowland is a beautiful black woman with tons of talent to unload. I only hope this is true. She has definitely been put on the back burner as well as being mismanaged. When you think of Matthew Knowles managing his daughter Beyonce versus his adoptive daugther Kelly, think of blood being thicker than water. Good Luck Kelly i wish you all the success a person can receive.

  24. Fernie December 3, 2008

    ABOUT FUCKN TIME KELLY!!!
    hope this is true I would love her to be a huge success in the U.S.

  25. Anonymous December 3, 2008

    It’s about time!!!This girl has been grinding since there was the original Destiny kids and now she knows she is worth more than what they are willing to give her!! I hope it’s true and if they love her (the knowles) like they say they do they will let her go!!!!!!!!GO KELLS!!!!!

  26. Anonymous December 4, 2008

    Wow! This is great news. Will she make this change in time for the new album? I would love to see the promotional contrast between her last two albums and this third one. Maybe this manager will make sure that Kelly’s singles get radio play. Maybe he’ll market Kelly to more than an urban audience. Kelly is like a modern day Whitney;she definately has cross-over appeal and she was doing the alternative thing way before Beyonce. Maybe this new manager will recognize that Kelly has a mainstream sound and he’ll support two singles being released simultaneously as opposed to two singles released six months apart only to have one snatched off the air before it even has a chance to make waves (“Ghetto” anyone?).Maybe this manager will value Kelly’s ecclectism and release songs that really show her vocal prowess (SILWME,Love,Love Again,Unity,etc.). Maybe this manager will encourage Kelly to release a videography DVD. Maybe he’ll work her budget in such a way that she can embark on a high profile tour and possibly even release a tour DVD. Maybe he’ll allow her time to work out endorsement deals and auditon for more movie roles so that she can acquire more revenue which would help her fund the children’s book she claims she wants to write and publish. Maybe this manager will support her ambitions to have her own TV show. Maybe now Kelly will realize that there are some things she will have to make happen for herself. She sings about being an ‘independent woman’ who’s got that ‘come back’ and can ‘bump like this’;now is her time to show and prove,with a manager and hopefully a label that will back her in all of her endeavors. I’m so ready for this girl to break away and break out and stop excepting mediocrity. As Luther would say, ‘Girl it’s your time to shine’.

  27. Anonymous December 4, 2008

    couldnt said it better myself ^^^^^^ and she should title this 3rd lp KELENDRIA and really dig deep and pull out those soulful ballads like “LOVE AGAIN” and hot midtempos like “NO MAN NO CRY and BLAZE” and some hot club bangers like “WORK and COMEBACK” and some crossover hits like “UNITY and BROKEN” and we will have no choice but to all in love wit her! Well im already a stan but the rest of the US.

  28. Anonymous December 4, 2008

    I hope this is true but I swear I don’t see it happening. I’m sorry but people have been trying to get Kelly to see that Matthew don’t give a damn about her success and for real neither does Bey. Kelly was very content just being known as a “adopted” knowles and living in Bey’s shadow. Anyone notices how in all HER interviews she always talked about Bey, and how she looks to Bey for advice on her music this and that so for real I never felt bad for her. And for real I honestly fell that she got what she deserved she saw what Bey and her dad did to them girls in that group their “so called good friends” yet she kept her head up the knowles ass constantly defending them when she knew was wrong and it came back to bite her in her loyal ass … hope she got the picture now

  29. Anonymous December 4, 2008

    It is hard to live in someones else shadow cause i did it with my sister like we are both pretty people but she will always try to outshine me and whatever I create she comes to act like she had interest first. I just kept my mouth shut and one day I exploded. It is good to LOVE who you are and Kelly needs to come to that point in her life and she will be a bright star beyonce is not the best thing since slice bread

  30. Anonymous December 4, 2008

    I’ll believe it when Kelly says it herself.

  31. Anonymous December 4, 2008

    This news is everywhere. It’s even on Essence.com which is strange because they don’t usually post blog gossip. Therefore, I think there just may be some truth to this speculation. I sure hope so. Kelly Rowland has always been my favorite DC girl and I love her solo work but unfortunately there are still so many people who don’t know anything about her music. That’s an absolute disgrace. Hopefully this new manager will help change all of that. Maybe now Kelly will stop allowing others to walk all over her and go for hers. It’s long overdue.

  32. Anonymous December 4, 2008

    This is cool and all,but who is Simon Fuller?

  33. NICE December 4, 2008

    If this is true,2009 will be Kelly’s year. No doubt. I can’t wait for the album. It’s time for ol’ girl to do big thangs.

  34. Anonymous December 4, 2008

    Yes, she can finally shine on her own with none of the Knowles bs involved. good for her.

  35. Anonymous December 5, 2008

    I'm actually anm African…And Kellys huge here.it's overwhelming> Wen we heard d news on Mtv africa,we celebrated by playing her videos all day(yesterday). Why do u think she closed d mama awards.They saved d best 4 last(like this & work) she nailed it……….Hope its true dat she's ditched Mathew..She deserves d best….Cheers

  36. Anonymous December 5, 2008

    IT SEEMS THIS GIRL IS MAKING WAVES EVERYWHERE BUT AMERICA. However, in America people know who Kelly is they just aren’t aware of everything Kelly is doing because promo for her sucks here. I have always supported Kelly. I have all three of her records: Simply Deep,Ms.Kelly,and Ms.Kelly Deluxe Edition which I had to order off line as an import because it was not sold in the U.S.

  37. Anonymous December 5, 2008

    The problem with Kelly is not that she lacks talent. Clearly she’s talented. The problem is not that she lacks star quality or that ‘X’ factor. Clearly she’s a star with some form of appeal;she’s been making music for over a decade,and has six years of solo stardom under her belt. The issue is not her looks. She’s one of the most attractive women in the industry. In fact she’s gorgeous. The issue is not her body. Her body is amazing (breast implants or not). The problem with Kelly is she spends more time ‘big-upping’ everyone else than she does herself. She’s always talking about what an “incredible” manager Matthew is. She brags on Tina Knowles. At one point in time she couldn’t make it through an interview without mentioning Beyonce’s name. She even praises Solange for her song writing skills. She’s always giving others props. She never gives herself enough credit for anything. Unfortunately,Kelly’s most admirable quality is also her biggest draw-back. She really is humble. She doesn’t just pretend to be. She’s modest and even meek,but that sometimes makes her look passive and inhibited. Kelly has an incredible voice but she often holds back when she sings. Where as Beyonce does not have the best voice in the world but Beyonce is an uninhibited singer. She never holds back and she controls her voice well. Not to mention she has great showmanship. Kelly Rowland,in my opinion,is a raw performer. She’s spontaneous which is both good and bad. Her performances are fun and at times passionate,While Beyonce’s are more mechanical. EVERYTHING Beyonce does is rehearsed. Even her ballads are choreographed. Both these women have commonalities but they also have contrasts. One is,Beyonce has no problem taking all the credit. She had no problem taking it in DC and she certainly has no problem taking all of the limelight as a solo artist. Kelly needs to learn how to be a little self-centered. Make people respect you as a solo act by carrying yourself like a solo act. Stop referencing Destiny’s Child. Don’t mention anyone with the last name Knowles. Don’t hold back on your craft,and don’t let the audience sing more of your song than you do. If Kelly portrayed her self as a star maybe people would see her as a star. Then,maybe they’d buy her records and pay to see her in concert. No one wants to support someone who seems content playing second string all of the time.

  38. Anonymous December 5, 2008

    This is real good news. I do hope it’s true. I plan on buying her next album.

  39. Anonymous December 6, 2008

    Good for her! I’m so glad that Kelly will not repeat the life of Mary Wilson of the Supremes…Being seen and not heard. I love her and I think she’s adorable. i can’t wait to let my daughters dance to her music. I think that she is a very positive image for young girls of all ages and cultures today. Kelly, if your’e reading this…please know that we can;t wait to buy your cd here in South Carolina.

  40. Jiovanni December 7, 2008

    This is great news! I pray that it’s true because I’ve been rooting for her since the Simply Deep days. I love her voice and her two records were really good. They just weren’t promoted right. So, I hope she ditches Mathew Knowles and gets Simon for her career’s sake. She deserves success and superstardom, just like her group member.

  41. Anonymous December 8, 2008

    When is her new album due? I know it’s slated for an 09 release,but when in 09? I hope it’s first quarter. Hopefully she’ll be under new management by then and we’ll actually see this project being properly promoted like Anonymous,Dec.4 @ 4:03 am said.

  42. Pressed December 8, 2008

    When will this news be confirmed? I’m so ready for Kelly to tell the world that this is not just some fabricated story. I haven’t been this anxious about anything in a long time. Sam, please find out what’s really going on and keep us posted. Don’t sleep on your girl Kelly.

  43. Anonymous December 9, 2008

    Sometimes it takes being away from the situation and looking at it from a distance. She saw what was going on all along and she probably thought because she stayed loyal that they would be loyal to her. Those people are nuts and their karma is getting ready to come back to them. She does not want to be attached to that train. Because it’s coming. Look at Beyonce album and this movie.

  44. Anonymous December 17, 2008

    SHE GOTTA EAT TOO.

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