R&B singer LeToya ready for round 2 as solo star

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NEW YORK – After proving she could do it solo – her debut single and self-titled album both hit No. 1 on the charts three years ago – LeToya is ready for people to call her by her own name, without adding that annoying prefix.

NEW YORK – After proving she could do it solo – her debut single and self-titled album both hit No. 1 on the charts three years ago – LeToya is ready for people to call her by her own name, without adding that annoying prefix.

“I am now formerly the former member of Destiny’s Child,” the 28-year-old says with a laugh. “We are now LeToya Luckett, that’s what we’ve been and that’s what we will continue to say.”

The Houston native will get a chance to show other sides of LeToya with her upcoming acting gigs: She stars in the movie "Preacher’s Kid," due out this October, and has a role in 2010’s "Five Killers" with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl.

But before she heads to the big screen, LeToya is releasing her sophomore disc, “Lady Love,” out this week.

The CD, which features production and guest vocals from Ne-Yo; Estelle; Ryan Leslie and Ludacris, has a range of breakup songs like “Lazy,” a tune about being too tired to try love after a failed relationship, and the uptempo "She Ain’t Got," where LeToya’s so fed up she is ready to beat “the other woman” with a bat.

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