Former DESTINY'S CHILD star Kelly Rowland has confirmed she has parted ways with Columbia Records.
Reports suggested the R&B singer had been dumped by her label bosses last week (ends27Mar09), but Rowland insists it was a mutual decision.
She says, "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.
"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."
Columbia/Epic Label Music Group boss Rob Stringer says, "It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Kelly."
The move comes two months after Rowland split from longtime manager Mathew Knowles.
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