Kelly Rowland's Dirty Laundry Wasn't Meant To Fuel The Tabloids

(Radio.com) When you write a song that mentions Beyonce, it's bound to get traction. Even more so when you're one of Bey's best friends and the song talks about living in her shadow. (Sample lyric: "Post-'Survivor', she on fire, who wanna hear my bulls****?")

But Kelly Rowland's track "Dirty Laundry," off of her new album out this week, Talk A Good Game, wasn't meant to fuel the tabloids. She just wanted to be honest — something she hadn't always had a chance to be in the decade since her solo debut, Simply Deep, came out.

"Dirty Laundry" started out as a conversation between Rowland and The-Dream where the two just talked about a few things she wanted to get off her chest, specifically an abusive boyfriend. Of course, when it came to the album as a whole, there were other things she also wanted to cover. "I had a lot to say this album," Rowland said with a smile.

But she isn't looking for your pity. Instead, "Dirty Laundry" was a way to move on from the pain and help other women move on, too. "It's OK to express and share your story because you don't know what other people are going through," Rowland told Radio.com. "You never know who you're touching. Not only is it fun and it feels good to hear. But it also can be a testimony. It can be healing."

During an appearance in New York City last month, she seemed overwhelmed while performing the song, but the second it was over she let the crowd know she was no longer a victim. It's a theme that runs throughout Talk A Good Game.

"Parts of this album are definitely therapeutic and have helped me personally," Rowland said. "Even when I listen to [the songs] I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, I remember this moment….' Listening back to the album and being in the studio and thinking about a situation or putting myself in the same space that I was in… that's always interesting. People can always hear and feel that and thought that was an important element to have on this album."

Watch the Radio.com Essentials profile on Rowland and her reinvention here.

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