New Music: Kelly Rowland Comes Clean About Her Beyonce Jealousy On “Dirty Laundry”
They say the truth shall set you free. If that’s the case, Kelly Rowland is no longer a prisoner. On her new single “Dirty Laundry,” the former Destiny’s Child bandmate tells the truth about living in the shadow of Beyonce and failed attempts to launch her solo career.
“When you’re soaked in tears for years, it never airs out/When you make pain look this good, it never wears out,” she sings. “When my sister was onstage, killing it like a mother—-er/I was enraged, feeling it like a mother—er/Bird in a cage you would never what I was dealing with/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?/Forget the records, off the record I was going through some bullsh-/Post-Survivor she’s on fire, but who wants to hear my bullsh–?”
The single, which will appear on Rowland’s forthcoming new album Talk A Good Game, was particularly close to the 36-year-old’s heart. “It was very emotional,” Rowland told Billboard of the single. “It took me days to record. 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. Dream said, ‘I want to write you a record so that people will know exactly who you are, underneath it all.’”
While the song was written and produced by The-Dream, the words and emotions expressed were definitely all Kelly. “What unfolds on TV or on the Internet, it’s never really that,” The-Dream explained of the song. “You think it is but it’s just not. When you have a stage like Kelly has, you should talk about that part of your life. I think Kelly’s way deeper than that.”
Before Talk a Good Game drops on June 18, press play and come clean with Kelly on “Dirty Laundry.”