Los Angeles/New York – Columbia Records has moved up by one day the North American release of the new Destiny Child’s album, just as the R&B trio confirmed the first dates for its 2005 world tour.
“Destiny Fulfilled” will be issued off-cycle from a traditional Tuesday stateside release on Nov. 15, the same date that the disc will be available internationally.
The company says the change is due to the “potential for Internet leaks and ‘burned’ CD counterfeits” that could “lead consumers to experience inferior and incomplete versions of the album.”
The move by follows Wednesday’s (Nov. 3) announcement that Interscope Geffen A&M has moved up the release of new albums by Eminem and Snoop Dogg, in a similar effort to thwart pirates. Eminem’s “Encore” was moved from Nov. 16 to Nov. 12, and Snoop’s “R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece” shifted from Nov. 23 to Nov. 16.
In other news, Destiny’s Child has confirmed the first portion of a tour that will find the group visiting 16 countries over the course of five months. The European leg of the McDonald’s-sponsored Destiny Fulfilled… And Lovin’ It outing will kick off May 14 in Copenhagen and close June 9 in Dublin.
“We always said we’d come back together… it’s more fun performing as a group,” group member Beyonce Knowles says on the group’s official fan club Web site (http://www.mydestinyschild.com). “We’re planning to make this our biggest and most spectacular tour to date.”
Destiny’s Child will be the focus of a Nov. 15 episode of syndicated daytime talk show “Oprah.” The Houston-based group is also slated to perform during halftime of the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday National Football League game between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. The appearance will be broadcast live on Fox.
The trio will perform Dec. 10 in New York as part of radio station WHTZ’s (Z100) annual Jingle Ball concert, along with Maroon5, Hilary Duff and Good Charlotte.
Here are Destiny’s Child’s tour dates:
Nov. 25 – Irving, Texas – Texas Stadium
Dec. 10 – New York – Madison Square Garden
May 14 – Copenhagen – Forum
May 15 – Oslo – Oslo Spektrum
May 17 – Stockholm – Stockholm Globe Arena
May 21 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
May 23 – Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy
May 26 – Milan – Fila Forum
May 27 – Geneva – Geneva Arena
May 28 – Paris – Palais Omnisports
May 30 – Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
May 31 – Cologne, Germany – Cologne Arena
June 2 – London – Earls Court Arena
June 5 – Birmingham, England – National Indoor Arena
June 6 – Manchester, England – Manchester Evening News Arena