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Kelly Rowland Fires Manager Mathew Knowles

Kelly Rowland has been rumored to be seeking new management for a minute now, but it looks like it’s finally official. A “highly placed source” in the Rowland camp has announced that the Destiny’s Child singer has fired longtime manager (and former bandmate Beyonce‘s father) Mathew Knowles.

“Mathew Knowles has been a positive influence in my career. I have had great success under his guidance both as a member of Destiny’s Child and with my solo projects. Although we have decided to part ways professionally, the Knowles family and the entire Music World Entertainment team will always be my family,” Rowland said in a statement.

Knowles has also released a statement confirming the split. “After a very positive meeting between Kelly Rowland and myself, we have amicably agreed to end our professional relationship. My company, Music World, will continue to manage Destiny’s Child as a group. As an artist Kelly has incredible talent and I only wish her the best. We will always be family first and foremost, and as a dad I only have love for Kelly,” he said.

In the past, Rowland was rumored to be leaving Knowles management in search of a more “unbiased manager.” Simon Fuller, manager of The Spice Girls, Carrie Underwood and David and Victoria Beckham, was allegedly her first choice, but reports are circulating that the singer has decided to go with Chris Lighty and Violator Management.

Kelly Rowland is planning to release her new album in the first half of 2009.

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