Kelly Rowland is one of my favorite underdogs, she gets knocked down, made fun of, ignored, and she just gets up and makes more music. She made it to the spotlight by being part of Destiny’s Child, but was quickly written off as a has-been as Beyonce’s solo career took off.
Everybody assumed Kelly was probably jealous of Beyonce, with tabloids and comedy skits using this presumed envy as fodder for sales and laughs. Kelly never really opened up on the subject, which really shows her level of self-control and class. She had a pretty successful dance hit, When Love Takes Over, which was played in a ton of dance clubs but had only mediocre sales.
She looked great at the most recent Super Bowl, where she performed a set that many hoped signaled the return of Destiny’s Child. Not much has come of that, but it does look like the performance added some positive momentum to Kelly’s career.
Her latest song ‘Dirty Laundry’ is causing quite the buzz in the gossip columns, as it seems that the lyrics explain how she felt as she watched her own career slow down as Beyonce’s took off.
The song is a slow, heartfelt R&B breakdown that allows listeners to get a sense of how she was feeling during that hard time. It wasn’t only about Beyonce, she gets pretty raw in singing about abuse, failure, and disappointment. A video on Youtube of her breaking down while singing ‘Dirty Laundry’ has people questioning how genuine her pain is, but Beyonce definitely not included in that group of skeptics.
Kelly shared the song with Beyonce before it was released, and sources are saying that Beyonce was proud of the song and of Kelly for being brave enough to write and sing it. Haters are going to hate, but Kelly’s latest project looks like it is full of heart, and if she says it helped her to heal than who are we to judge.