Kelly Rowland’s solo career has never been able to escape that of Beyoncé. But her new single is a brutally honest song in which she tells of an abusive relationship and previous feelings of jealousy towards her “sister” Beyoncé.
Since her 2002 solo debut, Rowland has stood in the shadow of her Destiny’s Child sister. It’s almost impossible to find an interview with the singer without a mention of her more successful pal.
For her part, Rowland has always taken the constant comparisons and never-ending questions about a Destiny Child’s reunion or Bey’s success like any best friend would — with a smile and a soundbite. Now, she’s finally opening up about how it’s affected her in a stunningly candid new single, “Dirty Laundry,” taken from her upcoming fourth album, “Talk a Good Game.”
Produced by The-Dream, Rowland’s intensely personal single has the singer facing her resentment over her post-Destiny’s Child career — and revealing that as she stood in the shadows, she was also being physically abused.
“When my sister was onstage / killing it like a … / I was enraged / feeling it like a ….,” she sings. “Went our separate ways but I was happy that she was killing it / Bittersweet, she was up and I was down / No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now?”
Led by piano, the R&B jam spools into a dark confessional with Rowland singing about an ex who was “putting his hands on me” and cautioning to listeners that “y’all don’t know the half of this industry.
“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.’ ”
“Dirty Laundry” continues to show Rowland channeling the confidence she found with her last album, 2011’s “Here I Am.” After beefing up her profile with dance tracks such as “When Love Takes Over” and “Commander,” Rowland slid into more sensual, grittier R&B terrain on the album with steamy cuts such as “Motivation.”
As she’s shown on recent singles, Rowland is continuing her quest to step out of the shadows. Hopefully, now that she’s cleaned out her closets, more people will be ready to listen and accept Rowland — on her own.
We’d post “Dirty Laundry,” but all the lyrics aren’t safe for work. Check out the track here.
Hmmmm. Not for sure why Kelly has the notion of being jealous of Beyoncé. When she is just as beautiful and just as talented. But one things for sure Kelly is staying true to herself, while it seems Beyoncé is letting stardom go to her head. “Talk a Good Game” is scheduled to hit stores June 18.
Prestige December 2018/January 2019 Issue
Author Xania Marie Announces the Release of ‘I’m Not Finished Loving You: Desiree’s Story’
A Tale of Love and Revenge Awaits Readers in New Novel
Author Xania Marie announces the release of
‘I’m Not Finished Loving You: Desiree’s Story’
BEAUMONT, Texas – A tale of love and revenge is told in Xania Marie’s “I’m Not Finished Loving You: Desiree’s Story” (published by Xlibris). The first book in a series is surrounded with mystery and is based on a young woman’s innocence. She faces a tragedy but still tries to see the positive side of life. However, this is not a “happily ever after fairytale,” and according to the author, there remains a lot of unanswered questions.
Readers will follow the life of Desiree. After graduating from high school at the top of her class, Desiree goes to college far away from home. There, she meets her first love and ends up pregnant with his child. When Desiree chooses to keep the baby against his wishes, he goes into a rage, threatening and attempting to kill her. She testifies against him and he gets sentenced to life in prison, but that does not stop him from trying to finish what he started even at the expense of other people in her life, new or old.
In the book, Marie highlights Desiree’s initial innocence when it comes to love and relationships and how her character begins to mature as the story progresses. “Desiree is a very loving person but her story is about how love can go wrong,” Marie adds.
Ultimately, Marie hopes to provide an entertaining read coupled with the message, “Love with your heart but trust your instincts when they tell you something’s not right.”
“I’m Not Finished Loving You: Desiree’s Story”
By Xania Marie
Hardcover | 6×9 in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524572990
Softcover | 6×9 in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524572983
E-Book | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524572976
About the Author
Xania Marie was born in Natchez, Mississippi and moved to Beaumont, Texas during her youth where many of her stories were born and her love of writing was first discovered. She has written numerous unpublished poems and short stories, but I’m Not Finished Loving You is her first novel and will definitely not be the last! She is a graduate of Kaplan University and served in the US Air Force. She currently resides in Texas where she continues to write. The next book in the series titled Reasons Why I Love You: Brittany’s Story.
Adina Howard Switches up the Sound with New Single
Remember Adina Howard? The name might seem like a blast from the past, but just like the title of her new single “Switch” Adina has switched up her sound and vibe and is on her way to a catchy musical comeback. Released on iTunes on September 10, “Switch” is more up tempo than her previous…
Remember Adina Howard? The name might seem like a blast from the past, but just like the title of her new single “Switch” Adina has switched up her sound and vibe and is on her way to a catchy musical comeback. Released on iTunes on September 10, “Switch” is more up tempo than her previous mid-90’s R&B hits. The song features a hot electronic background beat with snappy vocals. “Switch” is the lead single from The Switch Up, Adina’s upcoming fifth studio album.
For those of you who don’t remember, the R&B diva made waves with her hit “Freak like Me” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard charts in May 1995 and was later certified Platinum by the RIAA. From the same Do You Wanna Ride? debut album were the moderately popular releases “My Up and Down” and “It’s All About You.”
The following year Adina made Billboard charts again with “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” which sampled the Tina Turner song of the same name and was featured in the Supercop soundtrack. In subsequent years, Adina continued makes splashes with mid-chart hits like “(Freak) And U Know It,” the fan favorite Platinum-certified song “T-Shirt & Panties” (featuring Jamie Foxx), and the 2004 release “Freaks.”
In the nearly two decades since her last string of hits, Adina has done some cool stuff – things that you probably wouldn’t expect from such an overtly sexual R&B singer. For instance, in 2012, Adina attended and graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu, a culinary institute. Maybe she just wanted to make good on the promise in her “Freak Like Me” lyrics: “I’m packing all the flavor you need”? Whatever the case, she’s taking her cooking seriously; she’s spoken about plans to open a restaurant.
In 2011, Adina got married to her lifelong friend, businessman Sherman Jordan. Perhaps her decision to open up more of her personal life to her fans is part of her “Switch.” Switched, updated, and sexier than ever, Adina is finally set to stage a sonic return.