R&B singer and former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland is rumored to be gearing up for a big New Year’s surprise — a surprise that is likely to cause Beyonce and her father/manager Matthew Knowles to “Listen” up. Reportedly tired of playing second to Beyonce, an industry insider from Sony tells Singersroom, Kelly Rowland has plans to shelf her manager, Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles. While Rowland’s efforts “Ms. Kelly” and “Simply Kelly” failed to ignite the same success as her Destiny’s Child cohort in the United States she has been very successful overseas. Her album, “Ms. Kelly” made an impressive debut in the UK stemming from the overseas only single “Work”. Eventually “Ms. Kelly” was certified gold in the U.S., however, ended up being worthy of Platinum certification overseas as the effort moved just over 1 million copies, giving the album a total of 1.5 million copies sold worldwide. Re-released this year in Europe and Japan only, the disc reportedly moved up the charts immediately. Sources say Kelly Rowland’s “Ms.Kelly (2007)” had been pushed back several times to accommodate Beyonce’s now Grammy Award-winning album “B’Day(2006)” which resulted in the failure of the “Like This” singer’s sales in the U.S. So who is Kelly Rowland looking to for guidance ? None other than ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and 19 Entertainment mogul/manager Simon Fuller, who she is rumored to announce as her new manager at the top of the year. Fuller will allegedly work to get Kelly Rowland’s career on track in the U.S. Kelly Rowland’s biggest hit “Work” became a top five hit in Bulgaria, Poland, France and the UK. The song was not released stateside.
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