Official: Kelly Rowland Leaves Music World

Published: Wednesday 28th Jan 2009 by Sam
Official: Kelly Rowland Leaves Music WorldI have literally just received this from Music World. Kelly Rowland has officially ended her working relationship with the company:

January 28, 2009

Joint statement from Mathew Knowles and Kelly Rowland on their amicable professional split:

“After a very positive meeting between Kelly Rowland and myself, we have amicably agreed to end our professional relationship. My company, Music World, will continue to manage Destiny’s Child as a group. As an artist Kelly has incredible talent and I only wish her the best. We will always be family first and foremost, and as a dad I only have love for Kelly.” —-Mathew Knowles

“Mathew Knowles has been a positive influence in my career. I have had great success under his guidance — both as a member of Destiny’s Child and with my solo projects. Although we have decided to part ways professionally, the Knowles family and the entire Music World Entertainment team will always be my family.” —Kelly Rowland

What I would have done to be a fly on the wall during Kelly and Mathew’s convo LOL. That said, it will be very interesting to see what the future holds for Ms. Kelly. Is she still with Sony? Who is her new management? Roll on album #3!
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  1. Frederick January 28, 2009

    Danja! am i ever gonna get to hear that song?

  2. you already know January 28, 2009


    Kelly and Letoya my favorites

  3. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    Its about time! Finally she can become the star that she really is…….

  4. Young One January 28, 2009

    Just bring on the damn single. Because its put up or shut up time now. Bring on the single and the performances, and single better be ho because if its not. Yall aint got Beyonce & Them to blame no more. All eyes is on Kelly now. So mif I were some of you, I would hold off on the celebration for now.

  5. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    it,s about time….finally this is great news

  6. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    Oooo This is gonna be an interesting year for music already! I wonder what michelle is gonna do!

  7. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    Finally kelly has seen the sence

  8. MagnificentMeka January 28, 2009

    I have a feeling now that Kelly is no longer with Matthew she will come out hard. To me Matthew is what was holding her back. Didn’t want to be as good as Beyonce.

    We will see what Ms. Kelly can come up with.

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  10. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    That’s all fine, young one but Kelly really doesn’t have anything to lose.

    Her music is no worse than some of the stuff that cloggs the charts up! She really should be enjoying more success!

  11. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    Hmm…does this mean DC3 no more??? I hope not…cuz i miss them…well, anyway thumbs up for Kelly cuz she finally did step out of that poor situation…lol…maybe Michelle can do it too now…

  12. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    im dieing of happiness
    kelly is was about damn time

  13. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    Thank God! You go girl! Matthew always saves the good music for Beyonce anyway just to make money off her! Michelle, you need to break free too!

  14. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    yes now kelly can get the success she deserves can’t wait for her new album. i hope it doesn’t affect the future of destinys child coz id love them go come back together for another album

  15. But wait… January 28, 2009

    Is she officially under Simon Fuller’s management? Has she changed labels? Will this affect her album release date? Has she finished recording? I still have so many questions. This is only the tip of the iceberg?

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  17. Frederick January 28, 2009

    yalls reactions remind me of when Juelz Santana got released from his Dipset label

  18. DivaOnaDiet January 28, 2009

    about damn time, I will buy the next album. I hope she surpasses beyonce on the charts when she releases a new single her album was actually excellent! i even bought ringtones of kellys

  19. Nothing But Love January 28, 2009

    THANK GOD!!!!! GOD IS GOOD!!!!

    Im soooooooo HAPPY for her, this was the smartest thing she could have done, she has NOTHING to LOOSE so go for it Kelly and make this one count!!!

  20. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    when is c-millian, brandy, ashanti, tamia and jill scott going to fire their managers? or is kelly the only person whose manager is holding her back?

    let’s face it, kelly doesn’t have the star power or the appeal that beyonce has. kelly had a huge hit with dilemma (because of the that, columbia pushed DIL back so simply deep could be released first) and she still barely pushed gold in the U.S. and barely pushed 2mil worldwide. that’s not mathew’s fault, there’s just not enough people interested in kelly rowland unless it’s with destiny’s child. furthermore, i thought columbia paid for the promotion and not mathew knowles. kelly hasn’t proven to them that she can return a profit if they invest in her. look at beyonce, b’day was sliding down the charts when she went on that one month vacation and after the success of irreplaceable, she KNEW that the album was not done. when the label denied her anymore videos and money for the project, she took her own damn money and re-released the ish (in spanish too) and made an entire video anthology. she PROVED to her label that with or without them, she’ll prosper and sell out tours all over the world. kelly needs to prove to people that she’s worth the investment. i mean look how much time she has spent overseas and the album still hasn’t gotten any major play worldwide. solange had a ton of promotion because of geffen and people still didn’t buy her ish, same with PCD, brandy, and ashanti. sometimes, when people aren’t interested in you, they are not interested. it doesn’t have anything to do with mathew knowles holding her back because mathew would be an idiot to invest in something all these years that wasn’t successful. you don’t think he wants more than ONE successful act under his guidance? some people need to get a grip and i hope when the album drops, you put your money where your mouth is.

  21. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    Wow are you making it your mission to post that same essay on as many blogs as you can?

    Anyway, I’ll just reserve my thoughts about Kelly’s future until I see what she has in store for her next album. I think she has potential, but the issue is she still needss to work on her weaknesses (vocals, live performances) and utilize that potential. But breaking away from Matthew Knowles is definitely the first step if she wants any chance of success. She was just at stand still under him. A lof the work she was doing for the Ms. Kelly album was in vain.

  22. Ms Keia January 28, 2009

    For whatever the decision was made to split . . . I wish her much success . . . I love her voice . . . and she is talented . . . but I would like to see her do more acting . . . . she has been good in this things she has appeared in thus far . . . . Someone mentioned that another DC album would be out of the question . . . not really because the bottom line is money and the fans are asking for it . . . so why not make that money . . .

  23. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    kelly cant act no doubt but her vocals are always on point

  24. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    when you said ‘kelly leaves music world’ i thought you meant she was leaving the music industry. LOL scared me, but it was a pleasant surprise as to what i read. =D


  25. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    now all she have to do for her live performances is quit trying to sing live all the way thru and do like beyonce and lip sync some (while she’s dancing) and sing some live (while she’s more still) and don’t forget to re-record it so that it sounds live

  26. Anonymous January 28, 2009

    She will now conquer the world as a solo artist ! Next order of business – release UNITY as a single ! Went to # 1 for six straight weeks in Canada … all the best Kelly 😉 – JR

  27. Anonymous January 29, 2009

    yeah Kelly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    May God Bless all Kelly’s endeavours under her new team.

  28. SparkD January 29, 2009

    In the beginning, Kelly DID have HUGE anticipators in the U.S. on her solo cd, which was poorly pieced-together in the U.S. market, and she still went Gold. Once the sealed her commitment to The Knowle, the general respect in the U.S. left. I think she will get it back again.

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  30. Anonymous January 29, 2009

    This HAD to be hard for her being that show grew up in the Knowles house, but it was a smart and brave move.

  31. Lyric January 29, 2009

    This is a milestone for Kelly. She’s finally leaving the nest. This is good because now people will be eager to see what she does apart from Matthew and Music World. First order of business: Release at least two singles(worldwide)BEFORE the third album hits shelves. Second: AGGRESSIVELY persue a COVER SHOT AND SPREAD with Essence,Ebony,Elle and Allure Magazine(stateside). She has NEVER been on the cover of any of these magazines;I’m baffled as to why. Third: Promote your new T.V. show in CONJUNCTION with your album. Fourth:An endorsement deal(or two)wouldn’t hurt. She’d be perfect for a cosmetics line or she could be a designers muse. Fifth and lastly: On the promo trail,make sure you are interviewed by(and able to perform on)Oprah,Ellen and The View. Kelly needs to be exposed to a broader audience(stateside). No more settling for the urban market because you know they don’t buy $#!*. As far as your album goes, make it even more appealing by releasing extra media. Maybe a ‘Behind the Album’ DVD or a Videography DVD featuring EVERY video you’ve ever made,plus a surprise bonus,the video for your albums third single. Now that would be hot. Instead of premiering the video on T.V. or on the web,package it with your CD so that the people who actually BUY your album get first look at and first listen to the third single off your album. Now that has NEVER been done before. There are so many ways to market yourself Kelly but you may have to come out of pocket to do it. Question is;Do you want it bad enough? I believe you do otherwise you wouldn’t have left Matthew. Now it’s time to show and prove. Make EVERYONE see you in a different light. Too bad I’m not apart of your production/blitz team. I could really hook you up. I’m just oozing ideas. I could even write a song for you(really,I’m a beast with a lyric). It’s a God given gift. Too bad you never read these(yeah,right);there are actually people on these blogs who have great insight and want to HELP you do well. No games this time around Kelly. BRING IT! I know you can. I’m anticipating your new lease on life(and your career).

  32. Anonymous January 29, 2009

    Why do people keep saying they miss Destiny’s Child and want them to make a comeback..I mean Beyonce is already dominating hell thats all DC is, Beyonce and them lol!!!!!

  33. Anonymous January 29, 2009

    ^^^ take your ish somewhere else

  34. Anonymous January 29, 2009

    SOOOOOO HAPPY FOR KELLY!!!! And to the ignorant poster who says all DC3 is is Beyonce they need to sit down because Destiny’s Child’s music is FAAAAR better than any of them solo wise. They are always better collectively BUT they are still incredible collectively.

  35. Anonymous January 29, 2009

    For all those saying Matthew Knowles and Beyonce are not responsible for holding Kelly back you are absolutely wrong. She would have been a much bigger star if it were not for Matthew making her promotional budget low, only finding her second rate album tracks, etc.

    For example, right before B’Day came out, Check on It was supposed to have been recorded by Destiny’s Child and instead they put Beyonce’s name on the track even though Kelly sings the entire second verse.

    While many can say Kelly is only a backup singer from Destiny’s Child, she still is talented and deserves a chance to have solo success without being held back by her own management.

  36. Anonymous January 29, 2009

    If u don’t have a manager and team behind u who truely believe in u then ur carrer is going 2 go nowhere. It’s obvious who he gives most of the attention 2. If Kelly and her team had pushed the proper singles and gotten better promotion theres no wa6y in hell that she wouldn’t have done more than go go gold in the US with Ms.Kelly. I don’t know how many times I(‘ve played tracks off of that album n peeps was feelin it n wonderin why they never heard of the song. Songs like Love, Still In Love With My X, N addicted were the s*** N even comeback, which I must say is one of if not THE best video she ever shot never seen the light of day on a video channel in the US. Ghetto was pulled before it could even impact. So gimme that b******* about no interest. People R waiting 4 her 2 step up n do what we Know she’s capable of n She ain’t gonna be able 2 do that as long as she under Daddy Knowles. No Artist does it alone. They don’t push her singles @ radio n Only 2 videos were ever seen from the project. N the Videos 4 Work n comeback were filmed in July of 07 but never were released then a video was filmed 4 ghetto and released almost 4 months later when now a days most artist release two singles before the album even drop. She has what it takes, they just ain’t showin it 2 us. N if Work was released as a siingle in the summer of 07 it woulda been a Monster

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  38. Anonymous January 29, 2009

    now michele need to do the same.

  39. suga brown January 30, 2009

    Kelly is loved all around the world especially us UK peepz. She always in London nowadays so i guess she may live here now.

    She needs hot promotion and get her swagger on stage going cus she’s always not really did it 4me live like i know she can as she has with DC.

    Look 4ward to the new project and some more TV appearances.
    Her voice must not go to waste as so many singers have.

    Beyonce was always gonna be Top Dog in music worlds roster as she’s the main/only one bringing in the cash with better sales.

  40. antertain January 30, 2009

    About time

    1st she got used on the 1st album to give Solange writing credits then on the second album they gave her to much hip-hop single and a long a*** delay which spoilt what was a really good album overall..

    Lots of potential Kelly has since day one of destinys child and there's room 4her to make it in her own country easily i think.

    Right management and team to push her that lil' bit further will do it…

    She's got alot to give the R&B world as well as the crossover effect so i wish her the best.

  41. Anonymous January 30, 2009

    when you really think about kelly Has been giving clues for about 2 years now. listen closely to the lyrics “better without you”. she say its about her ex supposedly but that was 5 yrs ago lol and its so obvious that she was talking about her leaving mathew. furthermore the song “No Man No Cry” is just a follow up to the 1st joint. ” all of the years that gave..all of the tears that i waste…thnik its time that i moved on wit my life…feels good starting over…U get THE POINT. SHE WAS DROPIN HINTS LEFT AND RIGHT AND WE JUST NOW FIGURING IT OUT!!!!

  42. Anonymous January 30, 2009

    ^^ That’s funny. Her albums could indeed be a soundtrack for her career. I remember the first time I heard “Better Without You”;I was listening to it and thinking,’I wish she would dedicate this to her manager and promo team.’ because they are wack. Now here it is. Kelly has finally left Ike Turner I mean,uh,Matthew Knowles. It’s ironic that was Beyonce’s favorite song from Ms.Kelly. I wonder how she feels about all this? Beyonce I mean.

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  44. Anonymous January 30, 2009

    Kelly can certainly recover. We’re not talking about some washed up no talent. We’re talking about a legitimate artist who has yet to show the world what she’s really made of. There are many people who support Kelly,and there are still so many people out there who want to support Kelly. With the right marketing,the right promo and the right opportunities Kelly can be a mega star.

  45. Anonymous January 31, 2009

    I love you kelly, keep your head up baby.

  46. Mama Africa January 31, 2009

    I totally hope Kelly makes it. I think she has a lot of talent. She seems like a nice girl. But… she let the Knowles’ family use her. That’s pretty obvious, but now she has left the management of Mathew Knowles. Which is great. He only cared about Beyonce not even Solange. he is and was definitely picking favorites. Which isn’t fair. But some people are unfair.

  47. Anonymous January 31, 2009

    Can't wait to hear UNITY live in concert – bring your lighters & cell phones 😉 – Julia

  48. princess February 3, 2009

    I’m very happy that Kelly is finally leaving the Knowles clan. Ms Kelly was a great album but there was no promotion for it. I can still listen to her cd all the way thru. Kelly is very talented and has one of the most coolest personalities in this industry. I wish her the best and GOD BLESS YOU KELLY!

  49. Anonymous February 4, 2009

    SO Kelly FInally KEtch sense. WOW. I never thought it could happen.

  50. Jêh March 6, 2009

    Nossa !!!! Como a Kelly é linda

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