Kelly Rowland Readying Two Versions Of New LP

Published: Tuesday 17th Aug 2010 by Sam

With Kelly Rowland still hard away at work on her third studio album, particulars about the project have remained closely guarded. However, during a recent promotional stop at Houston’s ‘The Mad Hatta Morning Show’, the Grammy winner revealed that there are set to be two versions of her as-yet-untitled LP.

Full story after the jump….

When quizzed about the Dance songs on the record, Rowland lifted the lid on the fact that there will now be US and ‘overseas’ editions of the album. While the Stateside version is to be primarily Pop/R&B, the International incarnation will house such tracks as well as the more Dance-inspired songs.

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Interesting. With Rowland serving as one type of artist in one territory, and another in the next, one has to wonder if such standing puts her in a privileged or precarious position. For, in catering to different markets, it’s also imperative for Kelly to establish the artist she wants to be more generally.

Nonetheless, it remains an exciting time to be a Kelly Rowland fan. With more editions of the album, comes more music – which can only be a good thing  if the heard material is anything to go by.

As at writing, Rowland’s album is due ‘this Fall’, and boasts contributions from the likes of Ne-Yo, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, Ester Dean, Jim Jonsin, Dr Luke, Chris Brown, Rico Love, David Guetta, and Bangladesh.

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  1. veebz August 17, 2010

    I can see this album being pushes till 2011, but I will still be buying

  2. Realmusic August 17, 2010

    This is great to hear

  3. Bugsy August 17, 2010

    thats nice

  4. JR August 17, 2010

    Great Job!

  5. malusi August 17, 2010

    wow 🙂 this is great news, nowanda this is taking abit long….she can take all the i nthe world she needs. this means kelly loves all her fans, she wont try to ceter for certain group everyone will be served. mad props to you mis.kelly!

  6. #Fact August 17, 2010

    So she’s recording two versions of an album that no one is going to buy? Well folks, if you’re ever going to waste money, that’s how you do it.

    She sent two sings to radio and both are struggling to take off. I thinks it’s best that Miss Rowland concentrate on something else, perhaps acting. But then again I saw her in Freddy Vs Jason movie, and her acting was on par with sound of fingernails scraping chalkboard. *shudders*

  7. Trina August 17, 2010

    B****, before talking about releasing 2 flop ass albums, u better focus on a GOOD ONE! Wasn’t fantasy flop supposed to be a 3 cds album ? She’s a JOKE ASS FLOP !!

  8. Realmusic August 17, 2010

    #fact and Trina=Haters

  9. thatmangojuice August 17, 2010

    That’s a perfectly good business approach, in fact it’s more than necessary with ‘normal’ products .. why shouldn’t it be the same way with artists

  10. cedric August 17, 2010

    sincerely when I read people who say it is a flop I laugh, I say you can be bet, but being stupid, blind and two is death total.for someone who is usually a flop, it sold no less than 2 million of his albums, it is not always in the news, not to mention all the guest appearances that have been successful, gosh, for someone who is a flop his latest single order is succès.Au least she has nearly 50 million in his bank account and what you have ?, at least it shows that she has fans, the evidence you’ve always commented.but continue to be jealous but they say it makes you lose weight you behind your pc compared to what you elle.c ‘jealousy is hard eh, this year is her year and she will shine because she has to leave the ship wanted to destroy meaning matthew knowles her fans are happy Grant supports choice and now, when u have nothing further to say that it is a flop we her fan f*** u very hard, oh yeah very hard in u’re dirty big b*** , clean first your buttocks before commented baloney, even when have the honor and shame, not to show his stupidity

  11. Trina August 17, 2010

    @ Cedric

    Oh PLEASE don’t get mad cuz some people are don’t like an artist that you like !! So don’t try to judge people that you consider as haters cuz’ we didn’t judge you at all !! Why are you talkin’ about jealousy ? Just because you don’t like an artist, does it automatically mean you’re jealous of em ? That must be the case for you but not for me!

  12. Tha Phoenix August 17, 2010

    This is great news. I still love KR, I still can’t wait and I will STILL be purchasing it on its release.

    🙂

  13. piat August 17, 2010

    I’m only listening to hear her version of CB’s Geronimo….she needs to come on with this release. Also I want to hear the joint from Ester Dean…she’s cool peoples.

  14. DION-ISH August 17, 2010

    THIS WOMEN IS PURE DESPERATION ….

    Like, its to the point were its ALL about landing a Hit Record w/ her, Not about anything else. Sad Sad Sad, because it should just come, not be forced, and more than likely it won’t come how she wants it to.

  15. royalkev August 17, 2010

    I lost a little respect for her. She seems to be losing her direction and Team Kelly is not showing any consistency. This entire Kelly era is confusing. She was adamant about doing dance records and even though I wasn’t too ecstatic about her abadoning the fanbase she was trying to establish for over a decade (with Destiny’s child) and as a solo artist since 2002, I thought she was taking an artistic stand and that was something I found admirable. All this talking about finding her niche, what on earth was that? Aside from that she releases a single in June and announces that her official album release date would be in September. Sopposedly the album was completed and with the release of the Commander video (the fake one), she stumbled on that one and later complained about a leak and then released “the real Commander video” that was identical to “the fake” Commander video! Then tried to convince the world that the quality in the new video will make it much more fascinating.
    Now the album is due out in October and she is replacing her urban single “Shake them haters off” with “Grown Woman”, but doing a video for Rose colored glasses. This happening, while she’s revealing that she’s doing a pop/r&b album for the states. I don’t know about anyone else, But I feel like I’ve been taken for a ride. She is all over the place and I just hope she gets the acting bug or sign up for a new gig!

  16. G. August 17, 2010

    I don’t like this. there is too much going on. people will start losing interests. Why is it so hard for her to find her own music identity? When Love takes Over was a good space for her but now this is just dumb.

  17. bips August 17, 2010

    i’m a kelly stan but i must say that im agree with royalkev she wanted to explore a new territory with this record then she must go for it!!!! if she doesn’t believe in what she’s doin nobody will !!!! damn it!!!

  18. ChocolateRowland August 17, 2010

    I am surprised that there is no video for Grown Woman. This single is crying to be a hit, and Kelly is ignoring the tears. Grown Woman is keeping steady on Mediabase, and hanging below the 50 mark line on Billboard, but she decides to focus on Rose Colored Glasses. I think Kelly has been overseas too long. Maybe R&B isn’t in her heart anymore.

  19. Soulful Roses August 17, 2010

    Whats going on Miss Kelly?

  20. FUTURESTARdelux August 17, 2010

    HMMM THIS IS UNDERSTANDABLE BUT ANNOYING, IT’S OBVIOUS HER LABEL DON’T THINK THE US ARE GONNA GO FOR HER SOUND AND SO THEY’RE MAKING HER DO A US ONLY VERSION. EITHER WAY I THINK THE INTERNATIONAL VERSION WILL DO WELL BECAUSE EVERYBODY IN THE UK, & EUROPE SEEM TO LOVE HER ATM.

    SHE SHOULDA RELEASED THE VIDEO’S FOR “GROWN WOMAN” & “ROSE COLOURED GLASSES” AT THE SAME TIME. I HOPE AND THINK THAT THIS ALBUM WILL BE A SUCCESS FOR MISS KELLY BECAUSE SHE DESERVES IT, SHE DEFINATELY PUTS MORE EFFORT INTO IT THAN BEYONCE.

  21. Waddie G. August 17, 2010

    I’m nervous about this “no release date” thing…that shows lack of confidence in sales and marketability. Plus, having two versions of an album might be a bad decision unless the international version will be remixes of the US songs rather than completely new songs.

  22. malyeh August 17, 2010

    2 versions ? Really…………………….. RECESSION *drops mic*

  23. malyeh August 17, 2010

    And what if europeans have american tastes and vice versa………… WRONG

  24. lostonez August 17, 2010

    @ trina i think ur first comment was suppose 2 b direct 2 ciara..cuz kelly has no album call fantasy flop

  25. C-mo August 17, 2010

    Kelly needs to be a pioneer not a conformist! Don’t cater to the haters…just release one album. Your true fans will stand by you. Let it be about the art not the entertainment. Don’t compromise who you are as an artist because all of the world (The United States) isn’t ready for you. To me it is more powerful being who you are. If you do release to different album then please make it a statement…it is a shame that the US won’t recognize an American-American artist doing something other than R&B. All music is universal. (www.twitter.com/cmolove)

  26. Roab August 17, 2010

    Am I the only one that thinks this is a great move. Kelly’s fan base is so diverse and the producers on the album are so different from one another that you had to do a double album. One for the States and one for the International market. In Europe and Asia, Kelly is a Dance and Pop diva, but in the States she’s more known for her hooks and R&B hits. I say take your time and get it right. I’m on team Kelly!

  27. TEAM KELLY (ROWLAND) August 17, 2010

    Why can’t she just be a pioneer? Why don’t you all just let her do what she wants to do? THis is the thing with nay-sayers– SHE’S NEVER GONNA BE GOOD. Whether she does extremely well with this project or not. She’s doing what she wants to do. She finally got the opportunity to do it her way, so let her take her career in the direction that she wants to take it to.

    #PissOnDezBitchesKellz

  28. Waddie G. August 17, 2010

    @C-Mo – Kelly is not impressive enough to be a trend-setting. She should confirm…just like Christina should have.

  29. Dave August 17, 2010

    Anyway… so that means i’ll have both versions of the album because I LOVE THE DANCE/POP TRACKS Like her euro pop dance ish. I had “When Love Takes Over” as soon as it hit the US. I got “On & On” soon as it leaked. I bought “Commander” as soon as it got out. Unlike the rest of the US, I have not turned my back on Kelly for exploring a new direction I love it & have embraced it along with the rest of Kelly (What she started with).

  30. ladyLOVE August 17, 2010

    TRINA YOU DONT HAVE TO BE SO RUDE IT WILL MAKE SOMEONE WONDER R U A HATER.

  31. C-mo August 17, 2010

    Waddie G, Kelly is impressive enough to be a trendsetter. When Love Takes Over was a worldwide smash and now everyone is working with David Guetta. Trendsetting…I think so. Just because you don’t have commercial “success” doesn’t mean you aren’t a pioneer. It just means you will get your credit a little later when less established artists thank you for opening up the doors so they can do it.

  32. Trina August 17, 2010

    Am I THAT rude ?

  33. e_ponton August 17, 2010

    TRINA FALL YO ASS BACK MAN… STR8 UP! WASTIN ALL UR ENERGY ON NEGATIVITY.
    IM READY FOR WHATEVER THIS ERA, I’LL BE TRYNA COP BOTH!

  34. C-mo August 17, 2010

    Royalkev, I get what you are saying but I don’t think she is taking us for a ride. I think she just wants to be commercially successful and her team is looking at the blogs and letting the “fans” decide. But really they should understand that when you let an artist be true to who they are then that is enough. I love Ms. Kelly and will support her in whatever she does. I just have a feeling her more artistic album is going to be the international one because the level of conciousness overseas is higher than it is here in the States. It is such a pity that the media keeps a hold on what is qualified as black enough and urban enough. If stations like BET would play just Black Art then we wouldn’t be in this problem. And true artists could be true artists. (www.twitter.com/cmolove) Yall really need to let me write some articles for this blog.

  35. kelly stan August 17, 2010

    this could be a very good thing for her this is the best move her team made ever you cant go wrong this time kelly yay!

  36. ~TeAM WeeZY~ August 17, 2010

    WTF? This woman is getting more desperate by the second! This is proof that she doesn’t have faith in her own s***, and that she and her label are fearful of flopping yet AGAIN!

    And Sam grow some f*ckin balls, man! You ALWAYS name-drop in a Kelly post. Damn!

  37. ~AalexisR~ The Summer King (The Bahamas) August 17, 2010

    I dunno. I like the idea, because it means more music. But I also think she’s just trying to please everybody again.

  38. BENJAMIN August 17, 2010

    I don’t care if there will be 6 versions, including one in Japanese, she better get the ball rolling and PUT THAT S*** OUT. TELL UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP TO STOP PROCRASTINATING AND RELEASE IT, DON’T WORRYING ABOUT GETTING A NUMBER ONE CHART SPOT, NO ONE REALLY CARES ABOUT THAT ANYMORE, MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS BULL, IF YOU CONTINUE TO STALL, YOU WILL FOREVER BE THE FART JOKE OF DESTINY’S CHILD, EVEN MICHELLE HAS BECOME HER OWN BRAND NOW SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE DOES OTHER PROJECTS WITHOUT WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO OPEN THE DOOR HER, AND YOU WAITED 4 YEARS AFTER DC UNFOLDED TO SMELL THE FRESH AIR FROM UNDER THE KNOWLES AROMA. IF YOU FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT YOUR CRAFT, DROP IT, AND WHETHER YOU GO GOLD OR BRONZE, SOMEBODY WILL BUY IT, AND IN 2010, THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS!.

  39. thekiddz August 17, 2010

    @ TEAM WEEZY

    And Sam grow some f*ckin balls, man! You ALWAYS name-drop in a Kelly post. Damn!
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    LOL That’s because Kelly’s name alone, isn’t enough to garner interest. But since DC are my girls, I’ll be her album when (if ever) it comes out.

  40. Trina August 17, 2010

    @ E-PONTON

    F*** YOU

  41. BENJAMIN August 17, 2010

    Missed a couple of verbs or whatever, but you get the point. Her situation is an ongoing pattern in the industry today, which is why the music industry is on life support.

  42. james August 17, 2010

    Kelly will be fine, she just needs people to step out in faith with her. I’m not so sure the two albums will be that different anyways. At this point in music it doesn’t matter what song you put out. If the label puts money behind and the radio will play it, then your gonna have a hit. So lets hope that kelly and her label have their Ish together on the marketing side of things

  43. lyric “commander” lee August 17, 2010

    I CAN NOW BREATHE EASY BECAUSE I WAS SO WORRIED ABOUT THE OVERALL CONSISTENCY OF THE ALBUM AND NOW THAT IT WILL BE DIVEDED IT MAKES MUCH MORE SENSE SEEING AS HOW SHE IS TWO TOTALLY DIFF ARTISTS ACROSS SEAS AND HERE AND THINK ABOUT IT – COULD YOU REALLY HEAR COMMANDER ON AND ON EACH OTHER FLOOWED UP BE ROSE COLORED GLASSES AND GROWN WOMAN ALL ON ONE CD! I HONESLTY CANT – THE STYLES ARE WAYY TOO DIFFERENT TO MESH AND IF SHE DID THAT THE ALBUM WOULDNT FLOW LIKE SIMPLY DEEP AND MS KELLY SO I COMMEND HER AND LIKE SAM SAID – ITS MORE MUSIC!!!!! I SEE 4 SINGLES OVERSEAS WITH A POSSIBLE RERELASE AND I SEE POSSIBLE 2 MORE DOUBLE RELEASES HERE WITH COLLABOS WITH ALOT OF AMERICAN ARTISTS AS WELL AS UK – I THINK THE WHOLE POINT HERE LABEL IS DOING IS BUILDING UP HER CATALOG WITH FRESH HITS FOR HER TOUR WHICH WILL DEF HVE TWO DIFF SETLISTS FOR BOTH VERSIONS OF HER FANS!!!! BRING IT ON!!!

    AND I KNOW ALL THEHATERS AINT TALKING WHEN BEY AND RIHANNA RELEASES 8 DIFF VERSIONS OF ONE ALBUM – THATS OK RIGHT BUT MS KELLY CANT 0 — GET THE FUKK OUTTA HERE – MS KELLY BETTER WORK!!

  44. Nigel August 17, 2010

    I was hoping she’d do this. As much as i love Kelly, from what weve heard so far there seems to be a big divide between the dance and the more pop sounds.. putting them on one album i dont think they’d would work well together

  45. iLoveXtina August 17, 2010

    Hmm it sounds like a good idea, but the U.S. is really into the euro-pop thing at the moment, but it’s understandable. That pic is too pretty!

  46. DAKIDDSTARR August 17, 2010

    YALL FORGOT TO PUT ANDRE MERRITT ON THAT LIST HE HAS WORKED ON HER PROJECT HEAVILY!!! HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ON&ON AS WELL AS OTHER TRACKS ON HER FORTHCOMING ALBUM!!! 🙂

  47. queenb August 17, 2010

    HMMM KELLY SHOULD JUST GO SIT SOMEWHERE, AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO IS TIRED OF HEARING STUFF ABOUT HER ALBUM? SHE’S BEEN TRYIN TO GET PEOPLE INTERESTED BUT EVEN HER FANS AREN’T HYPED AFTER THAT MESS WHICH WAS COMMANDER SMDH LET’S SEE HOW THIS ALL PLAYS OUT BUT MY ADVICE IS GIRL JUST STAY IN EUROPE COS I DONT THINK U’LL MAKE IT IN THE US

  48. e_ponton August 17, 2010

    @TRINA SUCK MY D*** 🙂

  49. JonathanGardnerTV August 17, 2010

    I can see WHY there’s doing this…but I AM A KELLY FAN – THEREFORE I WANT TO HEAR ALL THE TRACKS!!

    I LIKE POP, R&B AS WELL AS DANCE! AND I WANT IT ALL! Splitting it up is not fair on fans in the UK who want the R&B they got on Ms Kelly and it’s not fair on U.S. fans who love the Dance sound she came with on When Love Takes Over and Commander…

    http://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/JONATHANGARDNERTV

  50. LRiCOve August 17, 2010

    I love Kelly! I’m so proud of her ! Let’s go Kelly Commander is BANANAS !!! Everyone in Europe loves it !! Good idea. I can’t wait to hear the full thing.

    It seems Kelly has a plenty of haters! More exposure for her!! good!

  51. TOP NOTCH DIVA August 17, 2010

    I think this is a great idea!!! She has to give her fans what they want! & unfortunately here in the US dance music don’t sell unless u r Lady Gaga! She is doing whats gonna sell & work. How can she ever be a successful artist if she don’t do what she has to do to make & keep fans! I will always support Kellz!

  52. lyric “commander” lee August 17, 2010

    JOHNATHAN IF U WANT BOTH THEN JUST ORDER BOTH ALBUMS – THATS WHAT AMAZON IS FOR IS IT NOT!

  53. aries_BLU August 17, 2010

    Huh? Kelly, I am really trying, and I will continue to pull for you when your albums come out, whenever that is, but why are you “not finished” with the album, but recording and pushing out music videos? You don’t even have a title for the album yet! You’re not focused, and you’re scrambling, and it’s getting annoying. Just finish the album, and then all focus should be put to the videos and promotional efforts, which there hopefully will be a lot of. It’s like she’s got it backwards.

  54. joshj August 17, 2010

    LOVE THE PIC……. SHE LOOKS FLAWLESS!

  55. politicallyincorrect August 17, 2010

    as an American RnB your pop/RnB routine is a massive fail in the America Kelly, Stick to the dance. Only a handful of artist are even doing well in RnB these days and you aren’t one of them. Even Chrisette Michelle can sell more than her

  56. Nathan August 17, 2010

    Commander music video on VEVO : 8126670 views ! Get it kelly and Shake them Haters Off !

  57. K.Row Kid August 17, 2010

    Some of you are dumb as hell… You’re sitting at home with you’re mediocre job. Thinking you know what exactly to do and what not to do in an industry you know NOTHING about…. SMH. You’re a fan or a stan. Stay that way please. Kelly already has a manager. Every artist is just about up in the air right now. You can’t put any old thing out anymore. It has to be profitable to some extent……… But ANYWHO.

    TO THE HATERS ABOVE…..

    If you had any lick of intelligence you would know Kelly has already said she wasn’t abandoning R&B, and if you at least had half of a common sense you would know the song GROWN WOMAN had no dance influence….While the international single COMMANDER was full dance. RCG is admittedly inbetween more Pop but regardless! So now LOGICALLY if Ms. Rowland is releasing an international single and US Singles that sound TOTALLY DIFFERENT using your context clues which you learn about in oh…. PRESCHOOL and hopefully they’ve developed a tiny bit by now…….. Wouldn’t that tell you she is probably going to do two entire versions of the album?!? Or picking and choosing which songs go on the international release and which songs go on the US release???

    C’MON PEOPLE………….. USE YOUR BRAINS. Some of you however aren’t as STUPID and choose to hate JUST to hate, for no apparent reason other than to be nasty and try and make someone else a miserable lowlife like yourself. So I say to you haters/miserable lowlives……. #TRYAGAIN

  58. vik_tor August 17, 2010

    i realy love kelly but i guess this girl has been using some drugs or something like prozac because she seems to be lost in an ocean, a lot of songs came out from the new work, nobody knows the release date she is always changing her desicions, and know i read that new beyonce’s album is coming up at the and of the year, the only difference is that beyonce knows what she wants and every thing she touches becomes gold. and in the midle time she lost a big single like commander, lets be serious, she is looking like a s*** in that video, no credibility, no publicity, the director should be closed in a prison.

  59. markfresh421 August 17, 2010

    Am I the ONLY ONE who notices that this is EXACTLY what Beyonce did with I Am.. Sasha Fierce??
    C’mon fall back @FutureStarDelux

    I’m not one to bring B up in other blogs but lets be real. People (including Sam) trashed B for releasing 2 cd’s catering to different markets. Now it seems everyone had jumped on the ‘dual single’ idea and now Kelly is jumping on the ‘dual disc’. I love Kelly don’t get it twisted, but u can’t ignore it seems oddly familiar. I hate when people say ‘she biting’ cus that’s not how I see it. Just be real don’t praise one for do something, cus someone u don’t like did it first.

  60. kekeluvsu_LeToya Luckett STAN August 17, 2010

    I think it’s a good idea that she’s doing this. Like someone else said Kelly is two different artist across the sea and in America. So this should work out for the better. *crossing fingers*

  61. NO NO NO NO NO KELLY NOWLAND August 18, 2010

    You’re delusional, you’re delusional
    Girl you’re losing your mind
    It’s confusin ya, you’re confused you know
    Why you wasting your time?
    Got you all fired up with your grown ass woman complex
    See right through you like I’m wearing rose colored glasses

    Ohh Ohh Ohh Oh

  62. mary August 18, 2010

    All I know is I’ll be buying both versions. I believe this could actually be a good move, provided album promotion remain strong. I just hope she’s able to complete and release both versions by September as expected. So far I’m loving what I’ve heard. Can’t wait for the video’s.

    Keep doing your thing Ms Kelly! I say it’s best to take your time, make it right and PRAY for the BEST!

    😀

  63. Jamie August 18, 2010

    Go Kelly!! They just mad because their favs on giving them 9 or 10 tracks.LOL!!! It’s alright though. You can alway be a Kelly fan.

  64. Bdeliz August 18, 2010

    OVER iT!!! She can barely get people interested in one project now she’s wasting energy on two albums….. does she have any common sense.. she hasn’t even been promoting on national power stations.. like z100 or kiss fm or hot 97… i mean come’on…

  65. tera August 18, 2010

    @hi jamie as for the rest do u expect kelly to turn the other cheeck taste her tears and accept defeat no way this is goin to b a fight to the end and a fight she must win and she will win . this time no backin down . kelly is the real mckoy .kelly for life . so@ no no no no kelly nowland is either u accept it or take way u self

  66. A August 18, 2010

    So the Us version wont have dance songs on it…FAIL. Dance is the most popular genre here right now

  67. Aysha August 18, 2010

    UNITY better be on one of those versions … best Kelly Rowland song ever ! Should have been released as a worldwide single !!!

  68. Lebo(CaribbeanBoi) August 18, 2010

    sounds amazing … go kellyy

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