Official: Kelly Rowland Leaves Columbia Records (Statement)

Published: Tuesday 31st Mar 2009 by Sam
Official: Kelly Rowland Leaves Columbia Records (Statement)
Following yesterday’s revelation that Kelly Rowland had been supposedly dropped by Columbia Records, both Rowland, 28, and Columbia have issued a joint press release. They confirmed that they fact that they have severed ties, yet stressing that it was a mutual decision – one, which if read between the lines, looks as if it was instigated by Rowland. Light is also shed on the future of Destiny’s Child, who are signed with Columbia: 
NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ — The Grammy-winning R&B/pop superstar Kelly Rowland will no longer be recording with Columbia Records as a solo artist, it was officially announced today by the label.
Rowland, a founding member of Destiny’s Child, the world’s top-selling female group, will continue her relationship with Columbia Records in her ongoing role in the iconic ensemble.
“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.” {Source}
It’s good to see all has been cleared up. Three things are very evident from this statement; 1) Kelly clearly knows she’s worth more than what her solo success to-date shows   2) She is taking her career by the horns and making the moves to steer it in the direction she so deserves IMO – up! 3) Another Destiny’s Child project of some sort is pretty much a certainty. 
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