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Kelly Rowland to replace Eve in UNI concert

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Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland will be the special guest of Ja Rule in a concert at the UNI-Dome Thursday, Feb. 13. Rowland replaces hip-hop artist Eve.

Upon the success of Destiny's Child's 2001 smash-hit CD, 'Survivor,' Rowland followed her bandmates in pursuing a solo career. In 2002, solo debut, 'Simply Deep,' was released on Columbia Records. 'Dilemma,' the album's first single, featured a duet with Southern rapper Nelly, still receiving strong airplay across the country. Rowland's latest single 'Stole' is No. 20 on the Top 40 charts and her album is quickly climbing on Billboard sales charts.

Along with Rowland will be three other guests: Benzino, Solange Knowles and Charli Baltimore.

Benzino is best known for the recent single, 'Rock the Party,' which hit No. 39 on the urban charts. The new CD, 'The Benzino Remix Project,' debuted at No. 65 on the Billboard charts.

Solange Knowles, sister of Destiny's Child member Beyonce Knowles, released her first CD, 'Solo Star,' on Jan. 21. The single from that CD, 'Feelin' You,' is already at No. 2 on the Billboard dance charts, and No. 12 on the singles charts.

Rapper Charli Baltimore has worked with some of hip-hop's biggest names, including the Notorious B.I.G., and Lance 'Un' Rivera. She released her first solo CD, 'Cold as Ice,' in 2000. Her latest effort, 'The Diary' was released on Def Jam Records this year.

One of the hip-hop world's biggest stars today, Ja Rule's first solo CD, 'Venni Vetti Vecci,' went multi-platinum and featured the singles 'Holla Holla,' 'It's Murda,' and 'Daddy's Little Baby.' His

sophomore solo effort, 'Rule 3:36' debuted in 2000, and went straight to the top of the charts. 'Pain is Love,' released the next year, topped the charts as well. His most recent CD, 'The Last Temptation,' was released in November. He has collaborated on No. 1 singles with Ashanti ('Always on Time') and Jennifer Lopez ('Ain't it Funny').

Tickets, $25 for UNI students and $30 for all others, are available at all UNI ticket outlets. They also are available at tickets.uni.edu, or (319) 273-DOME.

The concert is sponsored by the UNI-Dome and Panther Productions.