August 1, 2005

Destiny’s Child bowing out with DVD, hits set

By John Benson

CLEVELAND (Billboard) - Even though Destiny's Child is
calling it quits in September at the end of its current tour,
group member Kelly Rowland says the R&B trio still has a few
more surprises planned for later this year.

"We've got a DVD planned -- it was actually (recorded July
15) at our great Atlanta show, and we're going to do a greatest
hits album," Rowland told "We're definitely
going to record another song for our greatest hits album for
our fans. We're still thinking about it because we want it to
mean something."

The fact that "Destiny Fulfilled" was even made surprised
many observers, since Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle
Williams had all recorded solo projects and dabbled in feature
films. The members had already decided it would be Destiny's
Child's final studio album, but a breakup announcement was not
made until a June 11 show in Barcelona.

"We knew before this last album and we embraced it,"
Rowland said. "We were like, 'You know what, we're getting
older and we want to end on a high note.' We want to give our
fans a great final record and we want to have a great tour and
above everything, we're still going to be here (for each
other). We even make jokes about having our babies on the same

With fewer than 30 dates remaining on the trek, the
finality of the decision to call it quits after 15 years and
over 40 million albums sold worldwide is starting to hit home.
"We're going to need a lot of Kleenex on that day," Rowland
said. "It's going to be hard."