Kelly Rowland has released a powerful new single off of her upcoming album, “Talk a Good Game.”
Called “Dirty Laundry,” the track has Rowland opening up about her former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Beyonce, as well as a past abusive relationship.
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.
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.
It’s everything the 32-year-old has kept in for 10 years in the form of smooth R&B — with each chapter separated by melancholy coos that “when you’re soaked in tears for years, it never airs out/ When you make pain look this good, it never wears out.”
On her relationship, Kelly sings, “I was battered/ He hit the window like it was me/ Until it shattered.”
As the piano-driven track pulses on, Kelly delves into her friendship with Beyoncé: “Bittersweet/ She was up, I was down…/ Post-Survivor, she on fire…/ Kinda lucky I was in her shadow.”
“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?”
The 32-year-old singer then airs her “Dirty Laundry” about a relationship that turned abusive, singing, “I was trapped in this house, lying to my mama / Thought it could get no worse, as we maximize the drama / Started to call them people on him, I was battered / He hit the window like it was me, until it shattered.”
While the track is decidedly doleful, Rowland told Billboard on Wednesday that her goal was to inspire fans, not bring them down.
“It was very emotional. It took me days to record,” she told the magazine. “I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it. I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me.”
The-Dream added that he “pushed” Kelly to hold nothing back on the track. “When you have a stage like Kelly has, you should talk about that part of your life,” he said. “I think Kelly’s way deeper than that.”
In addition to “Dirty Laundry,” Kelly will also team up with The-Dream on “Where Have You Been?” off his May 28 release, IV Play, reports the MTV News.
“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”, says the LA Times.