Kelly Rowland got some “Motivation” from Lil Wayne for the lead single off her album Here I Am, out on July 26. The album is a mix of her R&B roots and her more recent dance-queen persona.
Earlier this year, Rowland told MTV News that she knew she wanted to try a little bit of everything on the record; she didn’t want to be defined by any one musical genre.
“The album is amazing. I’m so excited about the album. I’m so excited for everyone to hear the rest of the album,” she said. “For a long time, I thought about, ’Should it be dance or should it be urban or should it be this or should it be that?’ And I was like, ’Why am I allowing people to make me think like that?’
“It’s just about artistry, it’s just about freedom,” she continued. “It’s just about music. It’s about being alive and being happy and living life and being a woman, just feeling amazing. And from records that I did with RedOne to records with Tricky [Stewart] to even emotional songs that still talk about vulnerable things, there’s so many songs on this album that people can relate to. So I can’t wait for everybody to hear everything, the whole body of work.”
Given that it seems to be the summer of the diva , and that Rowland has her roots in a famous girl group, the theme of female empowerment fittingly comes up on her album as well.
“That’s what this album is about as well: It’s the year of the woman,” the former Destiny’s Child singer laughed. “You know what? We just have something that they don’t, and it’s not just one thing, it’s many. We’re always thinking. We feel. We just have extra power than they do. Sorry, we can’t help ourselves!”
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