So about those rumors that manager Mathew Knowles is feuding with Destiny’s Child, including daughter Beyoncé …
“You didn’t believe that stuff, did you?” Knowles responded Tuesday in a fit of laughter.
Knowles said he “absolutely” will continue managing all three singers post-Destiny’s Child (see “Destiny’s Child Announce Split” ), and in fact already has their schedules packed through the spring.
First on their agenda though is the new single “Stand Up for Love,” which will be featured on a greatest-hits collection called Destiny’s Child’s #1’s, due October 25. Matthew Rolston directed a performance video for the cut after the group’s final concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, earlier this month.
“It’s a ballad and it’s the theme song for World Children’s Day with the Ronald McDonald House,” Knowles said of the track, which was shipped to radio stations this week. (World Children’s Day takes place annually on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children’s causes across the globe.)
#1’s will also feature two other new tracks, the group’s “Feel the Same Way I Do” and Beyoncé’s “Check on It” from the upcoming “The Pink Panther” prequel, which stars the singer and Steve Martin (see “Beyonce To Star Opposite Steve Martin In ’Pink Panther’ “ ).
Other tracks include: “Independent Women Part I,” “Survivor,” “Soldier,” “Jumpin’, Jumpin’,” “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” “Emotion,” “Bug A Boo,” “Bootylicious,” “Bills, Bills, Bills, “Girl,” “No, No, No Part 2″ featuring Wyclef Jean and “Cater 2 U.”
#1’s will also be released as a DualDisc with the same songs mixed in 5.1 surround sound, plus videos for seven tracks and a trailer featuring scenes from the upcoming “Destiny’s Child – Live in Atlanta” concert DVD.
With those releases capping Destiny’s Child’s run, the focus then will be on their individual careers as musicians and actresses.
In December Beyoncé will start shooting “Dreamgirls” (see “Beyonce In Talks For Potential ’Dream’ Film Role” ), which will push her follow-up to Dangerously in Love to September 2006, her father/manager said.
Kelly Rowland, on the other hand, is already working on her second album and is also featured on “Here We Go,” the first single from Trina’s Glamorest Life, due October 4. The duo just shot a video for the track last week in Miami with director Nick Quested (Trick Daddy’s “I’ma Thug”). Knowles likened the song to “Dilemma,” Rowland’s smash collaboration with Nelly.
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In February Rowland will also appear in three episodes of UPN’s “Girlfriends,” which is coincidently around the same time Michelle Williams will make just as many appearances on the same network’s “Half & Half.”
Williams is also working on her third solo album, which Knowles said may veer from gospel to mainstream R&B.
The singer’s first solo R&B track, a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” (as heard in her Gap commercial) is featured on the “Roll Bounce” soundtrack along with Beyoncé’s rendition of “Wishing on a Star” and classics performed by Chic (“Le Freak”) and Bill Withers (“Lovely Day”). The soundtrack also includes the first single, Brooke Valentine’s cover of A Taste of Honey’s “Boogie Oogie Oogie” featuring Fabolous and Yo Yo.
“We did a mixture of mainstream and urban adult contemporary, so you got something for the young and something for the old,” Knowles said. “It’s a family movie, this is a family album.”
The soundtrack is one of the three albums released Tuesday from Knowles’ Sanctuary Urban Records Group. The others are Earth, Wind & Fire’s Illumination, which features Rowland, Will.I.Am, Big Boi, Raphael Saadiq and Brian McKnight; and Ray J’s Raydiation (see “R. Kelly, Timbaland Help Ray J Bring The Heat On Raydiation“ ).
“He’s coming into his own,” Knowles said of the latter artist, Brandy’s brother. “He’s going through a period and finding himself and who he is. I’m happy for him.”
Knowles and his family — Beyoncé, wife Tina, daughter Solange and niece Rowland — have also announced the formation of the Survivor Foundation, which will provide transitional housing for Hurricane Katrina victims and storm evacuees in their hometown of Houston. It extends the philanthropic mission of the Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth, a community outreach facility in downtown Houston.