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Beyoncé’s dad denies album delay rumors

Matthew Knowles blames the Internet for rumors about ‘B’Day’
Singer Beyonce waves at a news conference held to announce the nominees for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, in this July 31, 2006 file photo. When the 2006 VMA's are held Aug. 31 in Radio City Music Hall, MTV wants to take viewers backstage via computer to provide a diffferent look at stars like Beyonce and Ludacris.Jeff Christensen / AP
/ Source: Billboard

Despite rumors to the contrary, Beyoncé’s second solo album, “B’Day,” is still scheduled for release on Sept. 5, according to the singer’s father and manager, Mathew Knowles.

Some reports had suggested Knowles wanted to delay the album’s release to work on it some more.

He also denied speculation of a conflict between his daughter and fellow R&B singer Rihanna, as well as reports that Beyoncé released her single, “Deja Vu,” to compete with former Destiny’s Child bandmate LeToya Luckett’s self-titled solo debut album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month.

“It is apparent that there is a consistent plan by some to create chaos around Beyoncé’s ‘B’Day’ album release,” Knowles said in a statement. “Unfortunately what it shows is that anyone can go on the Internet and create rumors and the media in some cases will pick up these stories and run with them which influence the consumer’s perception.”

“Deja Vu” peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart earlier this month. A second “B’Day” single, “Ring the Alarm,” was sent to radio stations earlier this month.

“Our plan is to have three singles on the charts together,” Knowles said. “Rather than concern ourselves with purely chart positioning we are focusing on the combined audiences who are listening and are aware of the singles on the album.”