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Aunt Bey shared a very cute photo of her grasping the tiny hands of her former Destiny's Child band mate's newborn baby.
Kelly Rowland and her manager husband Tim Witherspoon welcomed a baby son, Titan Jewell Witherspoon, into the world on November 4th, and former Destiny's Child band mate Beyoncé has already met the little guy!
Aunt Bey has already met young Titan
The 'Halo' singer took to Instagram on Thursday (Nov 6th) to congratulate the happy couple as she shared the first photo of young Titan, whose tiny hands were holding hers.
Continue reading: Beyoncé Recalls Meeting Kelly Rowland's Son Titan In Adorable Photo
The former Destiny's Child singer and her husband Tim Witherspoon are now parents to baby boy, Titan Jewell Witherspoon.
Kelly Rowland is a mother for the first time! The former Destiny's Child singer and her manager husband Tim Witherspoon welcomed a baby son into the world on November 4th, and named him Titan Jewell Witherspoon.
Rowland is now a mother to a baby boy
A rep for Rowland confirmed to People magazine that she gave birth around 1.30 p.m. to a healthy baby boy who weighed 7.5 lbs.
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Gives Birth To First Baby Son
Williams' latest single is a spiritual summer anthem.
Are we all sufficiently in love with Destiny’s Child still? For those fans, who still live for the trio’s reunion, Michelle Williams just dropped the video to her latest, Jesus-praising song, Say Yes!
Michelle's new album, Journey to Freedom, is due out in September.
The video focuses on the feel-good tone and the message of unity, instead of the religious aspect of the song. It’s an endearing video, as Michelle, Beyonce and Kelly pop up in succession in their respective scenes, before the actual reunion takes place at what looks like a giant party towards the end.
Continue reading: The Ladies Of "Destiny's Child" Back Together In Summery "Say Yes" Video
Kelly Rowland seems to have confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child with manager and husband Tim Witherspoon.
Kelly Rowland has hinted on Instagram that she’s pregnant with her first child. The ex-Destiny’s Child singer posted a photo on June 10 of two pairs of Air Jordans. Not so unusual, huh? Well, it just so happens that one set of the sneakers were a teeny tiny pair designed with a little baby in mind! Next to the suspicious photo, Rowland put the caption: “I’ll be stuntin like my daddy…..” further fuelling rumours that the singer is having a baby with husband Tim Witherspoon.
Rowland and Witherspoon began dating in 2011 and were married in Costa Rica in May this year. Witherspoon had previously been Rowland’s manager. She announced their engagement on The Queen Latifah Show in December 2013, revealing: “He put a ring on it…it’s been a while. We’ve kept it very, very low - for years, to be completely honest.”
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Hints At First Pregnancy On Instagram
Kelly Rowland - Kelly Rowland leaves the American Girl store at The Grove after buying a doll for her niece - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 14th December 2013
It's too early to tell, but Cowell hopes that third time really is the charm.
The panel has been revealed, the dust has settled and now Simon Cowell believes the X Factor is finally on the right track. Besides the axing of Britney Spears and La Reid and the addition of their replacements Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, there are several changes to the show format this season as well.
Cowell has been tweaking the American show for the past three years.
There is only one host now. Mario Lopez will take on hosting duties all on his own, following Chloe Kardashian’s departure. During auditions, the contestants will have to go through an additional middle round: an added surprise for the contestants, who will be separated into four groups as usual – Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups. With these subtle changes, but mostly with the new judging panel, Cowell believes that the show is finally closer to the mark.
Cowell was remarkably nice in reference to Britney's time on the "X Factor."
Simon Cowell’s recent appearance on Ellen was certainly eye-opening. Like so many celebrities before him, the surly X Factor producer opened up to the likeable talk show host about the Britney experiment – Britney Spears’ brief run as an X Factor judge.
He had his reasons.
Surprisingly, Cowell was relatively mild in his Britney comments and didn’t actually bash anything about her judging prowess. Instead, he simply commented: "There was a time where I think everybody was trying to up themselves in terms of who could find the biggest known star to be on a panel," Cowell said, naming American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and the "other one...blondie" on The Voice, in reference to Christina Aguilera.
The Billboard chart is all about rappers this week - and religious references, apparently.
With all the buzz surrounding Kanye West’s Yeezus lately, it comes as no surprise that the release topped the Billboard 200 album chart this week. Everyone wants to know if Yeezus is as godlike as its creator claims and it’s selling out like hotcakes – whatever those are. In any case, Yeezus has shifted around 327, 000 copies in its first week – not exactly topping Kanye’s 2007 success with Graduation, but it was enough for the album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard, which is still pretty respectable. Those numbers also place Yeezus as the third bestselling album of the year – behind Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339, 000).
These days, Yeezy has a lot to celebrate.
Congratulations, Kanye! Despite what some of the songs claim, it isn’t exactly a godlike performance, but still – a solid week for West, who should probably be cut some slack, He is a newly appointed dad, after all. Following closely in the chart is – surprise, surprise – J Cole’s Born Sinner with 297, 000. Not a bad debut for what can be considered the rapper’s breakout album. Though for those, who were pitting Yeezus against Born Sinner, it’s pretty obvious who is winning at this point.
Continue reading: In The Billboard Chart, Kanye West's "Yeezus" Dominates Again
The singer insisted that the two, as well as Michelle Williams, are still the best of friends
Kelly Rowland's latest single, the deeply personal 'Dirty Laundry,' airs out some unpleasantries between herself and Destiny's Child bandmate Beyoncé Knowles, in which she discusses her jealousy and resentment for the mega-star while she watched from the sidelines. Despite what is implied in the song, in a recent interview with Yahoo's 'Omg! Insider' the singer debunked any rumours that the two of them are no longer friends, admitting they are in fact stronger than ever.
"While my sister was on stage … I was enraged … Went out separate ways, but I was happy she was killing it … Bittersweet, she was up, I was down," sings rowland in her new track, but as bitter as it sounds, Kelly has insisted that she and Bey were alway "sister" and it was her who "checked out" of their friendship because of her envy. In her interview she goes on to say that Beyoncé always stood by her even when she was unresponsive and regardless of any hard feelings in the past the two have put it behind them and if anything, have benefitted form their distance in the mid-2000s.
She said, "I think the people wanted those stories for years, and that's just so sad on them because it's not like that. It's so crazy, and I just think it's so sad that we live in a world where people don't want to see women get along and encourage and empower each other, and that's what we do for each other." The new new X Factor judge went on to say that she "loves" Bey "to death," and the same applies to all of her inner-circle of friends, including fellow DC 'sister' Michelle Williams and Beyoncé's mother Tina and sister Solange.
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Laughs Off Talk Of A Feud Between Herself And Beyoncé
Star also breaks down in tears on first night of tour following rendition of 'Dirty Laundry'
Kelly Rowland looks to have revealed a new track that has been credited to all three members of Destiny's Child. 'You've Changed' features on Rowland's forthcoming studio album Talk A Good Game but has been credited on the LP to all three of the girlgroup (Michelle Williams and Beyonce Knowles) according to the NME.
In what promises to be the most intensely personal record of Rowland's solo career to-date, the star has already been out on the road performing some of it, and her first night in Washington DC was particularly eventful as she broke down in tears during the performance of new single 'Dirty Laundry'. Rowland has already commented in the press that the track is particularly sensitive one to her, given that is addresses not only past relationships, but also her friendship with former Destiny's Child band mate Beyonce. And the star was in tears as she sang the song to the mass crowd in the US capital (read more).
In yet more Rowland news, she was recently confirmed to be appearing on the US X Factor as a judge, along side Mexican singer and actress Paulina Rubio, Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato. Rowland and Rubio replace LA Reid and Britney Spears, and Rowland does have previous X Factor experience, having appeared as a judge on the UK version of the show.
Continue reading: Has Kelly Rowland Revealed A New Destiny's Child Song?
Plus, Bullet For My Valentine have a new video and Muse imitate Queen's party antics, in our weekly round-up...
A Week In Albums... Vampire Weekend have been getting some much deserved props for their comeback LP, Modern Vampires Of The City and our man Jim Pusey was more than happy to join in the chorus of praise. Marking the group's second US Billboard number one charting album to-date - not to mention their best selling first week effort - Modern Vampires... looks like it's only going to set the indie rockers onto greater things. Pusey commented: "While it's an album that may struggle to repeat the phenomenal commercial success of Vampire Weekend's debut, I'd argue in the long run there's more to love on Modern Vampires. It's not just because the band's affection for New York seeps through every pore of the record, but also because sonically it's a far more interesting album. If this is indeed the end to a trilogy of records, Vampire Weekend have set themselves an extremely high bar to reach for the next chapter of their career."
Collaborator-happy party bringers Major Lazer have returned with a new album in the form of Free The Universe. A record that does little to change the act's sound, it doesn't necessarily need to, says Andy Peterson, with the array of people brought on board, including - there he is again - Ezra from Vampire Weekend, Peaches and Wyclef Jean, meant to enhance the party not the sound evolution. Peterson writes, "At times it's fair criticism that the formula isn't saying anything new, but the main objective here is far less about innovation but instead about being what it is; a no-nonsense party record made to be turned up to eleven and put on after twelve. Righteous."
Simon Cowell has revamped the X Factor judging panel for a third time, enlisting the Destiny's Child and Latino stars
Simon Cowell has chosen his next two judges to sit beside him o the upcoming series of The X Factor; Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. The two will take up the seats vacated by Britney Spears and LA Reid at the end of the last series of the show, with Demi Lovato slated to return to her post for the next instalment of the talent show.
Cowell has now revamped his judging panel for a second time following Spears and Reid's abandoning of the show at the end of last season. The first time Cowell redesigned the panel he booted off Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger after the first season when the show only managed a poor return on audience figures.
Kelly Rowland will sit next to Paulina Rubio next season
The singer has produced a daring and admirably personal song with The-Dream.
Kelly Rowland is back with a new single, but rather than release a throwaway pop jingle, the Destiny's Child singer has produced a number that is intensely personal; addressing a rocky former relationship and perhaps most interestingly of all, her jealousy towards fellow Destiny's Child member Beyoncé's major success.
The singer hooked up with producer The-Dream to pen the auto-biographical track, which is the first single from her upcoming album Talk A Good Game. It reveals how disheartened she was at constantly standing in the shadows of her mega-star best buddy, as well as admitting that while she watched on from afar she was also being beaten by an ex-hubby. Musically, the singer has returned to a more stripped down, R&B approach, abandoning the dance-orientated sound of previous singles such as 'When Love Takes Over' and 'Commander.'
Is Kelly Rowland ready to step out of Beyoncé's shadow?
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Airs Out 'Dirty Laundry' With New Song [Listen]
New track deals with resentment at former band mate and her former boyfriend
Though everyone always gets in a lather about Beyonce’s solo career, her old Destiny’s Child band mate Kelly Rowland might just be trumping her this year with her fourth album Talk A Good Game. An intensely personal record, the first track from the LP, featuring The-Dream and called 'Dirty Laundry' has been revealed and it features some pretty candid lyrical content.
"It was very emotional. It took me days to record," Rowland told Billboard of the track. "I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it. I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me. Dream said, 'I want to write you a record so that people will know exactly who you are, underneath it all.'"
Enough about the winners of the Grammy Awards, what we want to know is who won when it came to the fashion parade! Yes, whilst Mumford & Sons might well have taken the evening's top prize, album of the year, their folky style has no place in this piece, the best dressed last night (February 10, 2013) as usual proving to be those who constantly show pedigree when it comes to stepping out of an evening looking glamorous. We'd count Beyonce among those; even when she is putting a foot wrong - like lip-syncing the national anthem - she manages to come out it blooming, so choosing an outift to wear for the Grammy's should be no problem for her. So it proved with the above black and white retro looking number.
It seems Keyshia Cole was one of the few people who wasn't too impressed by Beyonce's Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday (February 3, 2013). The outspoken R&B singer, 31, shared her opinion on the performance with her 217,000 Twitter followers, though she directed most of her ire at Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams.
Beyonce, Michelle and Kelly Rowland performed Bootylicious, Independent Women Part 1 and Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) during the Mercedes-Benz halftime show and although the medley added a new dimension to the show, it was perhaps the least impressive part of the set. "F-ck that shit up then Beyonce! Bad bitch central," Cole said of the headliner, who got a frighteningly good reception in New Orleans, "I think I was frightened to blink for a sec. Then Michelle sung and woke my ass up from my daze! She always f-cking the groove up." The singer's Twitter account was immediately targeted by Destiny's Child fans with perhaps too much time on their hands, and Cole finally offered a half-apology, "And y'all girl is whack and always will be!" she said.
Williams herself seemed pleased enough with her performance, tweeting, "Had a great time with my sisters tonight! Tried to keep it a surprise!" Beyonce - who had a point to prove herself - told OMG, "It feels good to know the hard work paid off. It's a live television show. It's the biggest show in America."
Continue reading: Keyshia Cole: Michelle Williams F*cked Up Beyonce's Super Bowl Show!
For anyone that has ever seen Beyonce perform live (this is not a dig at her inauguration performance) you'll know full well that it is a thing of exhilarating beauty, both to the eyes and the ears. She knows how to put on a show and if anyone saw that incredible a cappella performance at the Superbowl press conference, Lord knows she can sing. So, for her to hint at an announcement to be made at the show about an upcoming tour makes us even more excited for Sunday's performance.
When asked by a man at the conference, on behalf of his daughter, when she would next be touring, she said: "I would say, soon, and I may have an announcement after the performance and the fans should just stay tuned to see." Aside from using the opportunity to clear up the controversy about whether or not she lip-synced at President Obama's second inauguration, Beyonce remained rather tight lipped in regard to anything else. Particularly about whether her Destiny's Child comrades, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, would be joining her during half time. "I can't really give you any details," she said.
A Destiny's Child performance and a tour announcement made in one night? Well it would be just about a dream come true. Beyonce also spoke about how excited she is for Sunday. When she first arrived at the SuperDome she relished in the experience: "I took my shoes off and I planted my feet into the ground and I just ran." And as to whether she'll be singing live this time around? Most definitely yes. "This is what I was born to do," she said, "This is what I was born for."
Well, it was about time. With a week left until the Super Bowl, the National Football League finally announced that this year, the national anthem at the game will be sung by none other than Alicia Keys.
The fourteen-time Grammy winner seems like a perfectly solid choice for the honorary job, although, with previous Super Bowl performances in mind, she probably doesn’t have that much to compete with (cough, Christina Aguilera’s botched performance in 2011).
Despite the Super Bowl being hosted in New Orleans this year, the entertainment will be dominated by New York ladies as it seems, with NY-native Keys singing the anthem and residents of the Big Apple Beyonce, along with fellow Destiny’s Child singers Kelly Rowland and Michele Williams (it is rumoured), performing in the half time show. So far, this is all the news anyone has about the entertainment at this year’s game, but even so, it looks like everyone, including non-football fans, will be catered for. If you don’t tune in for the game, it may be worth at least checking out the entertainment. And those shiny, shiny Super bowl ads. Despite rumoured changes to the tone of the advertising, we’re sure there will be no shortage of scantily clad women in the ad breaks, as per Super Bowl tradition. And with so much money being poured into the entertainment and advertising, surely, this will be one to watch. After all, the Super Bowl only comes along once a year.
Michelle Williams reveals that she has been suffering with depression since being a teenager. The Destiny’s Child singer is about to release a solo album, as well as rehearsing for her new role in the touring musical Fela! which kicks off later this month. And, of course, the world roared with excitement recently when the new recording from Destiny's Child was released. In an interview with Associated Press, Michelle explains that although she made a conscious effort to fight for her happiness, things have not always been so easy.
“I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy,” Williams explains. “We're taught, 'Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.' Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that's your healing. Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It's OK if you're going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.”
When it came to the big question of whether or not she and Kelly Rowland will be joining Beyonce at the half time Super Bowl show, she was not so open, though. “Who knows,” she said with a smile and then teased “We make sure not to go too long without doing something.”
You can always rely on Halle Berry, Alicia Keys and Kelly Rowland to turn heads wherever they turn up, and the trio did just that as they arrived together that the BET Honors event in Washington DC. The BET Honors stands for the Black Entertainment Television and is inspired by the Kennedy Center Honors, seeking to award those who've contributed much to the black community through arts, entertainment, sports or other endeavors over the years.
Destiny's Child came back into everyone's conscious this week, with a brand new song and album details galore to go with their triumphant return, and if rumours are to be believed, then we won't have too long to wait before we see them on stage together again.
Although nothing has been confirmed just yet, US Weekly have cited a number of sources revealing that the girls will be hooking up next month for a very special show indeed - the Super Bowl halftime show. Beyoncé is already signed on to star as the main attraction at this year's halftime show in New Orleans, and the word on the street is that she will be joined by former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
The trio's first album in eight years, Love Songs, will be released on January 29th, four days before the Super Bowl show on February 3rd, which makes for perfect timing to get a bit of publicity for the album.
Destiny’s Child will always hold a special place in the hearts of most 90s/early 00s kids, and it’s no wonder that the three former members – Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams – are reluctant to let the cash cow go as well.
Following the news that the trio will be reunited at the Superbowl halftime performance and that, even better, they are back in the studio making new music and yesterday (January 11), the powerhouse girl group dropped 'Nuclear.' Their newest track features their signature sultry sound with a (sort of) updated beat and, of course, some nice harmonies. The lead singer, as usual, is Beyonce, but her co-members also have significant enough parts on the song, instead of serving as glorified backup singers, as some critics predicted.
'Nuclear' is produced by The Neptunes' Pharell Williams, who is also collaborating with Beyonce on her upcoming solo album, and the track will be released for iTunes download on January 29, according to E!Online. It will be featured on Love Songs – Destiny’s Child’s compilation of their most iconic baby-making music. For fans of the trio, it will be well worth downloading, especially since the reunion is bound to be short-lived. If you’re still on the fence about the album however, why not give 'Nuclear' a listen below and decide for yourself?
Continue reading: Destiny's Child Reunion Continues With Brand New Song - Nuclear
Destiny's Child's new song Nuclear is the latest surprise comeback this week, with the legendary David Bowie and not-so legendary Suede both announcing their first new material in over 10 years. With Bowie's Where Are We Now? topping the download charts, we can't help but think Bernard Butler and Brett Anderson got their timing very, very wrong, though Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland have enough star power to confirm their reunion as a pretty big deal.
Perhaps we should make it clear to R&B fans that the Destiny's Child reunion isn't quite a full-blown comeback, yet. For now, it's limited to a new track on a Love Songs compilation set for release on January 29, 2013. It's been written and produced by Pharrell Williams with a little help from Michelle Williams and the cover art shows the three members who comprised the multi-million selling trio last time out. The group have been relatively silent since their last album Destiny Fulfilled in 2004, though Beyonce has established herself as one of the biggest artists in the world while Kelly has enjoyed moderate success as a solo artist and Michelle has performed in the West End.
In their first spell together, the group became the world's biggest R&B group with hits such as Survivor, Bills, Bills Bills and Bootylicious. Though the trio's intentions are unclear, we probably shouldn't hold our breath for a full comeback. Yet.
Continue reading: Destiny's Child New Song Caps A Week Of Surprise Comebacks
As if we weren't already spinning from the news that David Bowie was back, Beyonce's recent tweet means that we'll be getting music from possibly the finest pop groups ever to stride the planet. The superstar broke the news on her site with a simple message: "I am so proud to announce the first original Destiny's Child music in eight years! - Beyoncé". Additionally there was a link to pre-order the new material from Amazon, with the price suggesting that this could be an entire album of new songs. The news means that both Knowles and her husband Jay Z could have new music out this month, with speculation mounting that a new Justin Timberlake track will be revealed today (January 10, 2013) featuring Hova.
This is perhaps more exciting though; as Destiny's Child, Beyonce - alongside Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams - were one of the most successful pop acts going in the first half of the last decade. Selling more than 50 million records worldwide, the trio were known for tracks like 'Say My Name', 'Independent Woman' and 'Bootylicious'. Though Knowles and Rowland in particular have gone on to solo success, it's been new Destiny's Child material that fans have always been hankering for. The group's last album was Destiny Fulfilled, a number two US- charting release which came out in 2004.
Continue reading: Destiny's Child Reunion Confirmed! Beyonce Confirms New Material
Curves won out the day at the stad-studded VH1 Divas event that took place at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles last night (December 16), with the likes of Kelly Osbourne and Jenna Dewan-Tatum - wife of actor Channing Tatum - turning the heads of the paparazzi as they headed down the red carpet. Yes, while Miley Cyrus was winning attention on the stage, with The Sun reporting that she covered Billy Idol's 'Rebel Yell', off stage her conservative look was largely overlooked.
VH1 Divas annual special has become a staple in the network's yearly plans since 1998, and this year sees Adam Lambert host the fabulous night, reports E!
This year the show will see performances from Demi Lovato, Ciara, Jordin Sparks, Miley Cyrus and Kelly Roland, and will include special tributes to the Whitney Houston, and Donna Summer- true divas. Lambert expressed his excitement about the post in a statement: "I'm so thrilled to be hosting VH1 Divas this year... I have a feeling it's going to be the most fabulous concert of the year! And LIVE!! Get ready for some amazing performances, killer fashion and fierce divas!" If Lambert performs then he'll certainly add to that list of amazing performances, but he's certainly got the killer fashion down to a T- especially given his recent change of hairstyle, now sporting a surprisingly flattering silver barnet.
Despite us all loving all the performers set for the show, we're not quite sure they quite stack up to the title 'Divas'. With previous performers including Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Celine Dion and the ultimate diva- Diana Ross. Anyway, we're open for them all to prove us wrong. VH1 Divas airs on December 16th.
Kelly Rowland is approached by photographers as she leaves Jack N' Jill's Café in Beverly Hills with a friend. She is asked if it's true that she may be returning to her former band Destiny's Child for a Superbowl performance but she does not reply. She is also asked if there will be any dubstep on her upcoming album and is shocked when one paparazzo refers to it as 'techno but for white people'. 'I know exactly what dubstep is', she says. 'A lot of black people like dubstep too.'
Tired of their men behaving like egotistical, sport-obsessed, womanising jerks, four interconnected women prepare to fight back obsessively using advice from relationship expert Steve Harvey's bestselling self-help book 'Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man'. When the four friends realise their girlfriends have been using Harvey's advice against them, they retaliate. not foreseeing how their ploy could badly backfire on them.
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When one of your former band mates is Beyonce, you're going to be pretty hard pushed to have a more successful solo career. Kelly Rowland, one of the founding members of Destiny's Child, had a sluggish, up and down start to her solo career; she released her debut solo album in 2002 and then its' follow up in 2007, though in the meantime, she also achieved a worldwide number one with her collaboration with Nelly on 'Dilemma'. Now, quite some time after her 2009 number one collaboration with David Guetta 'When Love Takes Over', Rowland finally pushes out a third full length attempt. It's a solo comeback that's very timely; not only with the latter stages of X Factor, Rowland's recent judging/mentoring venture, but also with something of a step down of her pregnant former band mate from the public eye, musically at least. Regrettably though, the seventeen track marathon Here I Am falls victim of mediocrity.
'I'm Dat Chick' opens with Rowland's solo vocal before the R&B beat kicks in; it's a confident Scherzinger-esque sound but with minimal accompaniment other than its' pounding beat and interjections of various synth riffs, occasional chords. 'Work It Man', featuring Lil Playy, continues with a similar groove underpinned by a strong fuzzy bass synth riff that continues throughout, with obvious similarities with former band mate Beyoncé. An album quite heavy on the collaborations, 'Motivation' - more of a down-tempo track that showcases Rowland's flexible sung vocal instead of her shouting and rapping - features a rap from Lil Wayne, whilst 'Lay It On Me' is effectively a familiar sounding catchy chorused track sandwiched between two Big Sean raps. 'Feeling Me Right Now' opens with a piano and synth string introduction before the bass drum pounds in; steady half time verses lead into more forceful choruses but even five tracks in there's already an unfortunate feeling that every track just blurs into the next.
From a big-synth, kicking-beat opening, a strong riff runs throughout 'Turn It Up'; there's a rhythmic vocal line running with a busy drum part during the verses whereas the soaring chorus vocal provides something of a contrast. Seven tracks in, Rowland slows down the tempo and finally begins to come into her own. 'All Of The Night' (feat. Rico Love) is a down tempo, sensual, lights down low kind of a track that feels much more comfortable with a mellower blend rather than the competitive R&B frenzy; this highlights much more of Rowland's singing rather than speaking. 'Keep It Between Us' follows in a similar comfortable vein, mellow and steadily paced, which really showcases Rowland's belting powerful vocal alongside a tender whispered vocal rather than being over complicated with layer on layer of forceful beat. Before we know it though, Rowland is already strutting back with a confident, pounding club dance track 'Commander'; recent single 'Down For Whatever' also has another swaggering pound to it, though complete with an undeniably catchy, movement-inducing chorus and infectious synth riffs layered over the thudding beat. This is strongly contrasted by the piano-accompanied ballad 'Heaven On Earth' which is underpinned by a gently throbbing heartbeat-like drum and rich, vibrato-laden cello. Again, this is Rowland's vocal at its best; expressive, powerful and warmed with a tender vibrato.
'Each Other' eradicates the beauty with its very strong intrusive kicking beat but Rowland's vocal continues soft and sensitive over the stomping pound beneath. The chorus particularly shows a lush smooth melody and the higher end in Rowland's range. Led by a piano riff sounding akin to Coldplay's 'Clocks', 'When Love Takes Over' is Rowland's number one collaboration from 2009; the first opportunity she has had to track list this release on a full-length album. This collaboration is an undeniably strong track with both a pounding synth-ridden dance groove and a soaring melodic chorus; if only Rowland could fuse the two so successfully more frequently instead of offering such an inconsistent and average album release.
Kelly Rowland - Kelly Rowland and LaLa Vazquez Los Angeles, California - filming a reality show segment at Cuvee on Robertson Boulevard Wednesday 16th March 2011
Date of birth
11th February, 1981
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Checking ”become a fashion designer" off my bucket list! My new @JustFabOnline collection was inspired BY strong wo… https://t.co/Xrrw4qcdhm
RT @RealMichelleW: On this week’s episode of Checking In w/ Michelle, @KELLYROWLAND checks in with us!!! https://t.co/DI6FeUE7qv https://t…
RT @POPSUGAR: We chatted with @KellyRowland about her new @JustFabOnline collection, how she's been handling the pandemic, and her new musi…
RT @JustFabOnline: @KellyRowland is back with a new collection, designed entirely by her. Every designer has a muse, and Kelly’s muse for…
I’m back with a brand-new @JustFabOnline collection designed entirely by me! I was inspired by the strength of all… https://t.co/lFW2mzrH2w
RT @wetheculture: Talk about it, @Kellyrowland! 🙌🏾 Black History Month IS NOT over. Celebrate Black creativity & incredibly talented creat…
RT @Etsy: Superstar singer (and busy mama of two) @kellyrowland knows all about smash hits—and how to find them on Etsy. Take a peek at her…