For those – like me – who presumed Kelly Rowland‘s second single was going to be another dose of sex talk due to its risqué title ‘Dirty Laundry‘, you are majorly mistaken.
In the confessional song, co-penned and produced by The-Dream, Rowland tells of a time where she was in a toxic relationship that left her both physically and mentally abused.
Speaking of the abusive relationship, Rowland reveals she was “battered” and that her ex-lover turned her against her own family and friends – fellow Destiny’s Child band member Beyoncé included.
The dark and often poignant R&B song is brutally honest, and incredibly brave, of Kelly – and her decision to release the song as her new album’s second single is undoubtedly her most unconventional to date, as an artist anyway. The cinematic production lays the groundwork for Rowland’s lyrical confession, and the pent-up raw emotion heard in the singer’s voice is definitely not rehearsed.
Reportedly, it took Rowland 13 times to record the song and during a listening party for the single’s parent album ‘Talk A Good Game‘ the singer had to leave the room as ‘Laundry‘ played. Check it out, below:
‘Dirty Laundry‘ is available to buy on iTunes now, with Rowland’s fourth studio album ‘Talk A Good Game‘ available to pre-order ahead of its June 17 release date (UK).
Kudos to Kelly! Hopefully, this is the start of something new.