Kelly Rowland‘s churned out so many sensual slow burns (“Kisses Down Low”), naughty come-ons (“Lay It On Me”) and joyous dance floor fillers (“When Love Takes Over”) over the past five years, it’s jarring to discover that “Dirty Laundry,” Rowland’s latest single off of her upcoming record Talk A Good Game, comes from a place of enormous pain.
She’s vaguely touched upon struggle in the past (“They never seen our scars before, they think our love is beautiful” she sang on 2010′s “Rose Colored Glasses”), but never before has the hurt been so openly exposed.
“Dirty Laundry” is easily one of Rowland’s most emotional, soul-baring records to date (if not the most) that sees the songstress spilling out private confessions—not only about her relationship with her Destiny’s Child sister Beyoncé, but an emotionally and physically abusive relationship that nearly cost her…everything.
Kelly Rowland likes her kisses down low, her ice served cold and her laundry washed, folded and lightly scented with a spritz of Sean John’s Empress and a hint of Apple Pie A La Mode.
But don’t get it twisted: Her love is not coin-operated. So grab your detergent and fabric softener, Rowland Stones: Kelendria is taking us to the laundromat! (Note: Not to be confused with Shakira‘s Laundry Service, nor Nivea‘s R. Kelly-produced non-smash, “Laundromat.”)
SIT THE FUCK DOWN, TAKE OFF THE ROSE COLORED GLASSES AND ARCH YOUR BACK.
Kelendria Rowland, Original Grown Woman, has just premiered the album cover for her hotly anticipated fourth studio album, Talk A Good Game, due out in June.
By now, you might have heard some people talk a good game about Kelly Rowland‘s new single, “Kisses Down Low.”
However, I’m not sure that everyone quite understands the various complexities and nuances of Kelly’s Mike WiLL Made It-produced ode to the oral satisfaction of her lady bits, which is steadily rising on the Billboard Hot 100—currently at #80. (Kelly Rowland likes her kisses down low, not her chart numbers.)
And so, as with Legendtina‘s “Your Body” last year, I decided to create a visual guide.
While taking a short break from the endless back arching, Queen Kelendria Rowland took to Twitter this afternoon to court her adoring fanbase and thank them (me) for their fervent “Kisses Down Low” promotional efforts. (Did you know? #BuyKissesDownLowOniTunes.)
And then, as she was signing off, Rowlegend casually blessed her fanbase by giving us all an official name.