The hot production team responsible for Destiny's Child's current No. 1 single, "Independent Women Part I," is shedding its affiliation with Columbia Records and looking for a new label deal, sources

The hot production team responsible for Destiny's Child's current No. 1 single, "Independent Women Part I," is shedding its affiliation with Columbia Records and looking for a new label deal, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. Samuel Barnes and Jean Claude Olivier (known as Tone and Poke), were named executive VPs at the label in 1999; they also operate the Columbia-affiliated Trackmasters Entertainment label. The pair is in talks about a joint-venture deal with a number of majors, including Arista and RCA, sources say. A deal could be announced within two weeks. Along with Destiny's Child, Trackmasters have worked with Mariah Carey, Will Smith, and others. A Columbia spokesman did not return a call for comment. Trackmasters' attorney, Kenny Meiselas, had no comment.