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Entertainment: Destiny’s Child divas set for solo projects Black Habits Articles (Reuters) Getting a gold record was the one goal a young female group from Houston hoped to achieve after signing with Columbia Records in 1997.

Not only did Destiny’s Child realize its golden dream, but during the past decade, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams made history as one of the world’s top-selling female acts.

That history includes platinum plaudits and international acclaim — selling 50 million records worldwide, according to Sony BMG — as well as a host of Grammy Awards and other industry accolades. “Ever since we were little, we were so on fire for our dreams,” Rowland says. “We never let anyone blow our flames out.”

Signing off as a trio last year in the wake of their successful Destiny Fulfilled farewell album and tour, the three ladies are busily pursuing individual careers in music, theatre, TV and film.

This year will bring new solo albums from Rowland and Williams, as well as Knowles’ anticipated co-starring roles in the films The Pink Panther and Dreamgirls.

In announcing its retirement, Destiny’s Child did what few acts in any genre, of either gender, have been able to accomplish: bowing out while still on top. The group’s current Sony Urban Music/Columbia album, the hit compilation #1’s, debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Destiny Fulfilled, the group’s final studio album issued in 2004, received a nomination for best contemporary R&B album for the upcoming 48th annual Grammy Awards. Two of the album’s tracks, Cater 2 U and Soldier, are up for best R&B song and best rap/sung collaboration, respectively.

Robert Waller, who co-wrote Cater 2 U and penned songs for Beyoncé’s solo album Dangerously in Love, credits the group’s strong work ethic and focus.

“It wasn’t a game, about trying to be cute or stepping on each other’s toes. They were all committed to a common goal: success,” he says.

Rowland, a spokeswoman for hair care product maker Soft Sheen, has wrapped a stint on UPN’s Girlfriends that is slated to air in February or March. Her romantic comedy Seat Filler arrives on DVD in February. Her second solo album is due in April.

Williams has completed taping episodes of the UPN series Half & Half. After stepping into the role of Aida a couple of years ago, she is contemplating some new Broadway offers. This month, she’s due to go back into the studio to record an album currently targeted for a summer release.

Knowles is still in filming for Dreamgirls, but discussions are on for possible studio time in May, with an eye toward a September release.

As for the chances of a Destiny’s Child reunion down the road, the ladies aren’t shutting that door.

“We haven’t said that we’ll never perform together,” Knowles says.

Posted on Thursday, January 12 @ 11:09:21 UTC by jcohen

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