I thought it was just rumor, but apparently I was wrong. Singer Kelly Rowland has indeed parted ways with her label, Columbia Records. Kelly released a statement today saying she and Columbia were amicably parting ways, as she will no longer record with them as a solo artist. However, Kelly is still tied to the label via Destiny’s Child, which is still under contract with Columbia. The part with her label of the last ten years comes on the heels of the singer parting with her manager, Mathew Knowles, who had guided her career since she was a teenager.
Kelly’s official statement about the departure can be read below.
“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.”