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Some "Motivation" For Kelly Rowland

With her third studio album Here I Am dropping on July 26th, we’re hoping Kelly Rowland doesn’t end up like her former and hastily fade into the background before the album even drops. Seeing that Beyoncé has recently dominated the Billboard charts with her latest project 4, can we hope the same for Miss Kelly?

Rowland’s sophomore album, Ms. Kelly, effort was released over four years ago, shooting to the top ten on the charts. People never saw the album coming with many shelved efforts prior. With her playing the supporting role to ‘King B’ for many years, Kelly Rowland has been promoting her brand reminding us that she is just not a second-lead vocalist. Her new album, Here I Am is 10 tracks featuring the Lil Wayne assisted summer anthem “Motivation,” along with her second single “Lay It on Me” featuring Big Sean and the dance floor song “Commander” produced by David Guetta. Having solid singles and critically acclaimed dance tracks isn’t enough for artists to actually sell albums.

In an effort to prevent mediocrity here’s some “motivation” to set Kelly Rowland’s Here I Am on the right course:

  • Don’t You Dare Slow Down – Make sure your new label is marketing your CD everywhere and anywhere. It is important we are all reminded the release date of Here I Am, and not shocked to find out you have new product sitting in the stores. During ‘Bey-season’ it is impossible to walk into a Target without seeing giant cut outs of her photo shoots everywhere touting the release date – take notes. Over-do your marketing strategy since we are nowhere near tired of seeing you. Saturate the market as much as you can through commercials, radios and even interviews. Also, nice job at Essence penning your internal struggles.
  • There Is Life After “Destiny Fulfilled” – Don’t let the media connect your previous roots of Destiny’s Child with the rumors. Recently, it was rumored your former father svengali, Matthew Knowles, announced a reunion album in the works. We’ve heard this rumor plenty of times. You ladies are all in different places right now, no need to rush together to collaborate. Maybe tour… 
  • Date A Producer Or Music Mogul – You have to give girls like Christina Milan, Cassie and Ciara credit because every time they put out an album it’s produced by her current love interest. If they only had some real talent to accompany these funky beats, maybe it would pay off. After hearing some of your snippets from the Here I Am, clearly you have the talent but making a few love connections in between never hurt anyone.
  • Keep Your Influential Friends – Stay out on the social scene. Continue hanging out in the clubs but start a new BFF power core like Kim Kardashian. It’s no doubt you were one of the hottest chicks in Destiny’s Child hence why you’re always featured on style & fashion blogs. With you hosting X-Factor, we’re pretty sure everyone will keep close connections with you. We’ve all seen you have a glowing personality, show us more.

Stepping from behind the shadow of her former group members was the best thing Rowland could have done to not to end up oppressed by the thumb of the industry’s number one soccer dad, Matthew Knowles. And with a successful beginning, stunning video and eye-catching album cover, it’s looking like fate might have a different destiny for this child.


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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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