Kelly Rowland Airs Dirty Laundry on Beyonce, Relationships, and the Industry
Kelly Rowland’s new album, Talk A Good Game, is due for release on June 18th, and she is hoping that giving fans a deep look into her past is the next step in her evolution.
Kelly Rowland has always been the wildcard in Destiny’s Child. Where Beyoncé was the clear leader and Michelle was the clear follower, Kelly was just inbetween. No one knew what to expect from her once she set out on her own, but it appeared to be a no-brainer that she would achieve at least moderate success outside of the group. She was hailed as a dark-skinned beauty, had a girl-next-door likability factor, and could carry a tune. And after the monumental success of Dilemma with Nelly, it seemed she was poised for continued stardom.
But for many years, it seemed like things just weren’t going to happen for her. Her music wasn’t a smash, but former bandmate Beyoncé was topping all of the charts. She was engaged and gushing about getting married, and then it all ended suddenly. For awhile, it seemed like the brighter Beyoncé’s star shined, the quicker Kelly’s would fade.
And now we know that is exactly how Kelly felt too. And on her newest single, “Dirty Laundry”, Kelly spills on all of her dirt.
She dealt with issues of living in Beyoncé’s shadow, an abusive relationship, and feeling like no one was in her corner. The most interesting piece of it all is the conflicting feelings she felt about loving and supporting her “sister” Beyoncé, but also being bitter and hurt about her own lack of success. It’s nice to see Kelly fully expose herself in this manner. For someone who has always player her cards close to the chest, this humanizes her.
And honestly, the production by The Dream transforms this song from a stripped down confessional to a banger. The mid-tempo track is fused with sparse strings and piano, along with trademark backing vocals from The Dream. Listen to the track below.
Kelly seems to be on an empowerment movement recently. She has sexed up her image with recent singles Motivation, Ice, and Kisses Down Low. The nearly nude album cover for Talk A Good Game speaks for itself. And now she is sharing some of her darkest times from her personal life. For the first time, I can say that she is out of Beyoncé’s shadow. Seems to me like Kelly is stronger than ever before now that she is embracing her whole self.
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