Don't count on a Destiny's Child reunion: Beyoncé has little reason to fulfillMathew Knowles' dream
Houston's own Mathew Knowles, founder of Music World Entertainment and father of Beyoncé, has revealed that Destiny's Child will be releasing new music in the near future.
In an interview with the Huffington Post's "Sunday Magazine", Knowles said that previously recorded, but unreleased songs will accompany old Destiny's Child hits on a new album. The girl group has not released any music since 2005 and the former members have spent the past seven years focusing on their own careers.
Beyoncé, the most visible and well-known of the group by far, has released three solo albums since the group dispersed. She also found some success in movies — starring in Pink Panther, Dream Girls, Cadillac Records and Obsessed. The 30-year-old Beyoncé is a new mother as well. Her daughter with rapper Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, was born on January 7.
Since the birth of her daughter, it has come out that she is already working on two solo projects.
Another of the three, Kelly Rowland, also has a successful solo career. After Destiny's Child, Rowland released albums. She has collaborated with famous rappers such as Lil Wayne, Tinie Tempah, Nelly, Snoop Dogg and Big Sean. Her singles "Motivation" and "Lay It On Me" were received well by the mainstream media and garnered air time on R&B and rap stations.
Rowland cut ties with Mathew Knowles and Music World Entertainment in 2009 — supposedly in amicable fashion. Since then she has been represented by Universal Motown Records. As a prelude to her fourth solo studio album, Rowland released a singe entitled "Ice" on July 2.
Michelle Williams, the third member, has had the least popular acclaim since the disbanding of Destiny's Child. Williams spent much of her time playing the part of Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago, becoming the first African-American woman to get the role. She parted ways with Music World Entertainment in 2010. Williams signed a recording deal with Light Records a little over a month ago and is planning to release a gospel record in 2013.
With the three women focused on their solo careers, putting together a Destiny's Child reunion tour to go with the unreleased music could take some time.
"It takes a year of planning to do these tours, but first it starts with the artist wanting to do it. And I think the ladies are still working happily in their solo careers."
"It takes a year of planning to do these tours, but first it starts with the artist wanting to do it. And I think the ladies are still working happily in their solo careers," Knowles said.
Not only will planning, timing and desire be issues, but also deciding which songs to choose to sing could pose a problem. Finding a balance between old Destiny's Child songs and each artist's individual hits would be imperative to the possibility of touring. Despite all of the potential obstacles, Knowles has not given up hope that it will happen.
"I hope in the next five years that there is a reunion tour. I think it would be incredible," he said in the interview.
For the foreseeable future though, Destiny's Child fans will have to be content with previously unreleased, "new" songs.