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Air It Out: 5 Things We Learned From Kelly Rowland's 'Dirty Laundry'

After years of living in the shadow of the megastar diva that is Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland is ready to step into the limelight. In her latest Dream-produced track "Dirty Laundry," the 32-year-old bares all. There are lessons to be learned from her vulnerable verses. Flip through to find out what the Talk a Good Game songstress teaches us about love, pain and family when she cleans out her closet. -- Shannon Powell

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1. Friends Help Friends Be Better

"When my sister was on stage , killing it like a mother fucker, I was in a rage feeling it like a motherfucker…post-survivor she on fire, who wanna hear my bullshit?"

When your best friend is doing the damn thing while you're waiting on your moment, you might find yourself getting jealous. It's okay. If that green monster rears its ugly head, simply use it as a way to push you to better yourself. Be happy for your friend and bring yourself up to his or her level. Bey's success acted as 'motivation' for Kelly to become the confident and fierce performer she is today.

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2. This Industry is Dirty

"Meanwhile this nigga putting hands on me. Swear yall don’t know the half of this industry."

We've heard it time and time again -- when it comes to the music industry, beware. Dirty business deals, grimy contracts, and everything else that goes on behind closed doors all come with the territory. Kelly further proves why the music industry is not for the weak-willed when she explains that unless you experience it firsthand, you don't know the half of it. While she doesn't specifically state it, it can be inferred that the man who she endures years of an abusive relationship with has industry ties.

3. Love is pain and pain is love

"Hitting the window like it was me and still it shattered. He pulled me out and said 'Don’t nobody love you but me, not your mama, not your daddy and especially not Bey."

Blinded by love, Kelly openly tells of some of the most vulnerable moments of her abusive relationship, describing how the man she was with not only physically abused her but also beat her down mentally. He made her feel weak, like she needed him because no one else cared. It's the classic tale of abuse -- you want to let go, but you don't think you can. But through Kelly's strength, she teaches that you can be a true 'survivor.'

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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