R&B singer Kelly Rowland splits with label

Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:57pm EDT
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By Mariel Concepcion

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland has parted ways with Columbia Records after recording two solo albums for the label.

The R&B singer's latest release, 2007's "Ms. Kelly," sold a modest 219,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

"As a solo artist, I felt the need to explore new directions, new challenges, and new freedoms outside my comfort zone," Rowland said in a statement.

Columbia, for its part, said Rowland's departure was a mutual decision, "and any reports to the contrary are false."

The label continues to handle the Destiny's Child catalog, as well as the solo output of alumnae Beyonce and Michelle Williams.

(Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters)

<p>Singer Kelly Rowland attends a special party by MTV and XBOX in Sydney June 5, 2008. REUTERS/Patrick Riviere</p>