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Kelly Rowland Album Bumped To 2007
The release of Kelly Rowland's sophomore solo set for Columbia/Sony Urban Music, "My Story: Kelly Rowland," has been moved from July to first-quarter 2007.The release of Kelly Rowland's sophomore solo set for Columbia/Sony Urban Music, "My Story: Kelly Rowland," has been moved from July to first-quarter 2007. Manager Mathew Knowles says more time is needed to properly set up the project. "We want to make sure our marketing strategy is a multi-tiered approach that capitalizes on the synergies afforded by her other projects," Knowles tells Billboard.
Asked if more songs will now be recorded for the pushed-back set, Knowles says, "If she finds a better song or songs to add, we'll use them. But that's not the reason for changing the date. [Everyone] is pleased with the record Kelly made."
As for Rowland's "other projects," she co-hosted the fifth annual MTV Asia Awards ceremony May 6, where she premiered her new single "Gots to Go" for a worldwide audience. Tomorrow (May 13), the Destiny's Child co-founding member will be in Atlanta to kick off the five-city Soft Sheen-Carson/Vixen Model Search for women of color.
Rowland previously said the upcoming album is more personal than her 2002 solo debut "Simply Deep," which bowed at No. 12 on The Billboard 200 and has sold nearly 600,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"This album is very different from the last record. It was so alternative and this record is urban," she said last month during a playback of the new set for members of the media. "I wanted to go back to my roots [because] that's where I started and that's what feels natural to me."