Hot Shot: Kelly Rowland’s ‘Here I Am (Deluxe Edition)’ Cover

Published: Tuesday 28th Jun 2011 by Sam

The stars finally seem to have aligned for Kelly Rowland. After delivering the most-talked about performance at Sunday’s BET Awards, the singer -whose ‘Motivation’ is #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart for a 5th week – revealed the cover for her hotly anticipated ‘Here I Am’ LP.

A day later, and the cover for the Deluxe Edition of the set has surfaced. Also, shot by Derek Blanks, it’s nothing short of breathtaking. And while noticeably better than the standard cover, it is the content of the LP that’ll need to resonate with the masses.

If the success of ‘Motivation’ and the reaction to ‘Lay It On Me’ are anything to go by, Ms. Kelly may very well be onto a winner.

‘Here I Am’ arrives in stores on July 26th via Universal Motown.

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  1. Steffon June 28, 2011

    Yesss!!!! Kelly isn’t playing this time around

  2. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) June 28, 2011

    I don’t like it…It’s kind of weak.I don’t care about the cover, though.I need to hear the material (and I also need ‘Lay It On Me’ to not be the album launching single)

  3. zoeboi954 June 28, 2011

    FFFFFFLLLLLLLAAAAAWWWWLLLLLLEEEEESSSSS!!!!!!!!

  4. MrIncredible June 28, 2011

    Lay It On Me is not gong to do well here in the states… it is generic.com and you can quote me.

  5. I see June 28, 2011

    Is that it, how original NOOOOT.

  6. KING.B June 28, 2011

    Go Kelly !!!

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    .4=Album of the new Dedace !!!!

  7. DANCE DIVA June 28, 2011

    LMAO @ the haters. LAY IT ON ME isnt even out yet and I guess some people on here are JESUS! U can say what u want but KELLY WILL B SNATCHING WIGS AND SHE WILL NOT B STOP! This is the YEAR OF DESTINYS CHILD! KING B IS SLAYING WITH ALBUM SALES AND PERFORMANCES AND KELLY IS SLAYING WITH MOTIVATION AND PERFORMANCES! MICHELLE IS UP NEXT>>> DESTINY’S CHILDREN>>>>>>>ur favs

  8. muni June 28, 2011

    I love it but to be honest

    Kelly wouldn’t be better without HATERS keep coming and she will keep shake you off

    Stay mad

    Kelly slays and Lay it on me will be bigger than #Motivation

  9. djdunkonthatbitch June 28, 2011

    10,000 or less sold in the first week for kelly the flop rowland

  10. SPAM June 28, 2011

    Looks like Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” single cover with eyes closed. Next!

  11. Bia June 28, 2011

    Looks like Rihanna Loud cover album.

  12. lmao June 28, 2011

    #fail. she would still flop.

  13. The King June 28, 2011

    Kelly look’s gorgeous…love it!!!

  14. lmao June 28, 2011

    After all this noise, if kelly doesn’t do 300,000 copies with a #1 album. I would come back to this blog.
    According to Bet, Chris Brown’s performance was the most talked about.

  15. Erik Aston June 28, 2011

    This a GREAT cover! DAMN!

  16. quanberg June 28, 2011

    The Haters stay pressed please KELLY is gonna slay !!! I prefer the deluxe cover over the standard, but I will be getting both – 5 copies of each and Itunes download !!! Yo best believe !!! Kelly’s performance was the best at the BET Awards …. CB to me was hella boring !!!! Ne ways July 26, 2011 HERE I AM in stores !!!

  17. YOOSONDALOOSE June 28, 2011

    Like the other better, but they are both better!

  18. Tiny June 28, 2011

    loving kelly nowadays..keep it up..
    …im seriously caking off this site http://goo.gl/mIsVf …ANYTIME..i leave comments..

  19. Classy Diva June 28, 2011

    Aaaaaawwwww…… my Kellz looks so puuuurrrrty!!! I love it…. so simple, but classy & elegant. I luv the blue over her skin. I like both covers! I guess she changed her deluxe cover bcuz on Ustream I thought she showed where she had a hat on like on the BET awards. I guess she changed it bcuz ppl hated tht she had a hat on her entire performance.

  20. LISA June 28, 2011

    Go kelly!

  21. JR June 28, 2011

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS and just when I thought my day could not get better her is the Deluxe cover which means either extra songs or dance versions! Kelly Rowland is not playing this time! I am so glad she left Matthew & got a team that is behind her now. Now all we need is some more promotional appearances and performances and “Here I Am” will do well!

  22. mobwife…..baa, I fell down and went boom June 28, 2011

    I’m not feeling this cover! I have seen her look better! She is doing s good thing capitalizing on her #1 single and BET Awards performance. She was good but Janet Jackson gave the same performance a few yrs ago!

    Anyway, I look forward to hearing more singles from her!!

  23. TYLER June 28, 2011

    @LMAO

    Clearly you are sooooooooooooooooooooooo wrong!!!! if you watch the aftershow, Kelly Rowland won by 46% idiot! if you gonna make a negative comment get your facts straight!

    You probably fat as f*** and a f*****!

  24. Kristen June 28, 2011

    I love it! Go Kelly!

  25. muni June 28, 2011

    This woman is slaying my life!!

    GO GO GO GO Whoa lover!!!

  26. gaga baby FOREVER June 28, 2011

    happy for her forever day is my fav

  27. DANCE DIVA June 28, 2011

    @Djjunk B**** HAVE A SEAT BECAUSE U ARE DA FLOP! @LMAO LMAO How about u TRY AGAIN. KELLY HAD THE MOST TALKED ABOUT PERFORMANCE THAT NITE AND WITH THE CELEBS. BET didnt say nodda, that was Chris fans who voted him most popular performance. Clearly we all know Breezy fans was going to vote for him if he had the best performance or not! Kelly dont have a huge fanbase like him, so Sit!

  28. Beyonce and Cb fan June 28, 2011

    Go Ms. Kelly! Will be getting Kelly’s album deluxe editon.

  29. S*** June 28, 2011

    Did Smelly REALLY shut it down at the EBT awards??

    LOL, I JUST saw it yesterday online & can you say OVER-RATED PERFORMANCE?? But what do i know?? I also think MJ @ Motown was Overrated lol. But really Kelly, all she did was remind me of the everyday S*** Bet award Performance much like what chris Brown & c-Error did years ago & WAY BETTER. 😐 Nothing particularly SPECIAL like how its being Hyped up to be 😕

    I guess in Beys absence they’ll take anything remotely close which reminds me: Kelly learned Everything she knows about singing & Performing FROM BEY.

    I would compliment her vocals but they were lipped apparently, It was GOOD but like I said Nothing Amazing.

    Sorry, I was expecting her to S*** after how they were hyping it up but honestly I Enjoy watching Bey at Glasto >>> Kelly + EBT Awards

  30. NikkiIsChillin June 28, 2011

    Loves it! Kelly looks so beautiful!!!! Go Go Go

  31. ヅ•·.·´¯`·.·•-ΛALEXISR-BAHAMAS♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ★ ☆ ✰ T.I.P.•·.·´¯`·.·•ヅ June 28, 2011

    Flawless!

  32. Dave June 28, 2011

    She will slay. Already saw the cover on her U-Stream, but Ms. Kelly will do her damn thang.

  33. The Man June 28, 2011

    Here comes @S*** with his s***** commentary again, is anyone suprised. Take a permanent seat. Kelly mixed prerecorded vocals with live vocals, just like Beyonce does. It doesn’t matter. We heard her voice, she she did an excellent job. As if someone would take anything you saeriously, when all you care about is Beyonce >>>>>> Next stop dropping @S*** off @ the nearest DEAD END……. Kelly was the best and she brought it. Beyonce was good but typical, nothing different.

  34. The Man June 28, 2011

    Anything you say seriously* Correction

  35. thetruth June 28, 2011

    stars… this industry has absolutely nothing to do with talent (sans Adele) & even her numbers are getting side-eye. the industry is notorious for buying copies she’s sold around 115,K for 10 weeks seriously… something in the water isn’t right & it ain’t fresh.

  36. Sense June 28, 2011

    YESSSSSSSS Kelz you better werk b****!!!

  37. The Man June 28, 2011

    Adele’s album is getting plenty of attention for how well it is selling, especially just with one single. She’s doing amazing. Her fans and people that like that album are supporting great music. She’s pushing damn near 3 million units with just one single, that is huge for anytime, then or now.

  38. Independent Thinker June 29, 2011

    I love both the standard and Deluxe covers of Here I Am. Simple, yet clearly making a statement; which would be, ‘I’ve arrived(whether you like it or not), I’m here (to stay) and this album is an up close and personal look (and listen) at the woman/artist I’ve become (DEAL WITH IT).

    MR INCREDIBLE, Rihanna is the queen of generic, and her songs do well stateside, so why wouldn’t Kelly’s “Lay It On Me”? I must admit, the first time I heard “Lay It On Me” I did not like it because I too thought it was generic and that it sounded like something Rihanna might do (minus the vocal prowess), therefore, I thought it was beneath Kelly, but the more I heard it the more it grew on me. It’s very catchy, and catchy translates to trendy, radio-friendly, pop chart hit. I could care less about a billboard hot 100 chart position because most of the music that tops that chart shouldn’t even be called music. The songs often lack substance and/or quality of any kind. They’re flash in the pans as opposed to timeless records that people will still love and listen to years from now, but, they sale records and produce revenue which is what labels want and need, so these are the songs labels push, hence the reason “Lay It On Me” is being released as Kelly’s second official single. It’s THAT kind of song. Kelly’s only saving grace is the fact that she’s already produced timeless records in Simply Deep and Ms. Kelly. Those albums may not have been commercial phenomenons (though they were in their own right, successful) but I can assure you the people who supported those projects enjoyed everything about them and still listen to them to this day. I know I do.

    Songs like “Lay It On Me” and “I’m Dat Chick” may not be timeless gems but I suppose that’s the space that Kelly is in right now. She just wants to have fun with her music. She spent nearly two years as a “Dance Diva”. She currently has a hit overseas with “What A Feeling” (which I would love to hear/see her perform by the way) and a hit in the states with “Motivation”. So far her singles have been great; whether smooth and sensual (Motivation) or flirty and fun (Lay It On Me), if these singles are a glimpse of the album that is Here I Am, I’m definately buying; but then again, I own EVERY Kelly Rowland album. I’ve been a supporter since 97. She’s my favorite child of destiny and she’s one of my top 3 modern r&b artist. Right next to Monica and J-Hud. What can I say, I like beautiful, powerful voices that just are without trying way too hard and K-Row, Mo and J-Hud have them. Hmm, I think I’ll go listen to their albums now. In that order.

    (Hits ‘submit comment’ with a smile)

  39. Jonathan Gardner June 29, 2011

    STUNNING!

    GO KELENDRIALLAH!!!

  40. LOVELY ONE June 29, 2011

    Kelly is giving me supermodel on both covers. Can you say supermodel who can sing and dance her but off. Not every one’s got it all. Kelly’s got it ALL.

  41. SHESDUMB THE OFFICIAL SLAYER OF “S***” AND “HAIKU” June 29, 2011

    A DELUXE EDITION???? FOR WHAT????????????????????
    WILL HER REGULAR ALBUM EVEN SELL OVER 50K?????

  42. B_stanning June 29, 2011

    @shedumb many artist do a delux album

  43. BitchIcantevenspellwelfare June 29, 2011

    I am simply going to ignore the Beyonce vs. Kelly foolishness. This is something that I will NEVER understand. The Beyonce fans, did you HATE Kelly when she was in Destiny’s Child? They are two completely different artists who make two completely different types of music. I like them both, so…

    This NEVER happens to male artists.

    People never argue about whether or not Radiohead is better than Coldplay, or if R. Kelly is better than Maxwell. If a debate happens, it’s very short-lived and NEVER reaches the level of hatred that I’ve seen over the past 2 days.

    Anyway, very much looking forward to Kelly’s album. She.is.the.deal.

    I’ve been enjoying Bey’s album all day. “I Miss You” is simply stunning.

    I hope to enjoy Kelly’s work equally on 7/26.

  44. Bstan June 29, 2011

    Trrrrraaaaggggeeeddyyyyyyy!!! Kelly is trash! all yall bi*ches and h*es hyping her up!! yall need to cut it out.. Kelly fans are the fat disgusting black BLACK bit*ches who know they could never win in life… the same ones who hates on KingB. Yall know Matthew Knowles picked her ass up from the side of the streets. bwahahahahahah. #bumbitch

  45. im that chick June 30, 2011

    ITS SO FUNNY HOW PEOPLE CANT STAND WHEN SOMEONE IS DOING GOOD.. I MEAN REALLY THE FACT THAT KELLY ROWLAND’S LAST ALBUM MS KELLY HIT NUMBER 6 WITH ONE SINGLE(LIKE THIS) IS CLEARLY SOMETHING.. SO HERE I AM WILL IN FACT DO BETTER THEN MS KELLY AND SELL MORE WHY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE CHECKING FOR KELLY.. AND WILL ALWAYS BE .. IF THEY WEREN’T THEN MS KELLY WOULD HAVE NEVER MADE IT TO TOP 10 BILLBOARD 200 AND SOLD 1.2 MILLION…
    THINK ABOUT IT ALL THE HATE AND PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT SHE GONNA FLOP ARE THE SAME STANS THAT WAS LOOKING FOR HERE AT THE BET AWARDS AND THAT WILL BUY HER ALBUM..
    KELLY ROWLAND IS HOTT NOW AND THE HATERS CANT TAKE IT.. HERE SONG MOTIVATION IS SITTING AT NUMBER 1 FOR 6 WEEKS AND HAS NOT LEFT THE TOP 20 BILLBOARD 100 YET.
    LAY IT ON ME IS GETTING MASSIVE RADIO PLAY WHICH WILL ONLY LEAD TO HER HAVING ANOTHER HIT..
    HERE I AM IS AN ALBUM THAT EVERYONE IS WAITING FOR WHY BECAUSE SINCE SHE LEFT MATHEW AND COLUMBIA EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT SHE IS GONNA DO.
    BEYONCE WILL ALWAYS BE BEYONCE WHICH LEADS ME TO SAY THAT 4 IS THE BEST ALBUM SHE HAS HAD BECAUSE Y SHE HAS GROWN..
    STOP COMPARING THEM THEY ARE SISTERS. FUNNY THING IS THAT. KELLY ROWLAND AND BEYONCE AND MICHELLE ARE ALL TALKING TO EACH OTHER ON HOW TO BE BETTER..
    BEYONCE WAS ACROSS THE POND DOING HER THING WHILE KELLY IS WAS HERE IN THE STATES DOING HER THING…
    IF YOU DON’T LIKE KELLY THEN STAY OFF OF HER S*** AND STOP SAYING YOU DON’T LIKE HER CAUSE IN REALITY YOU REALLY DO…
    PEOPLE THAT GO OUT OF THERE WAY TO HATE ON SOMEONE ALL DAY EVERYDAY JUST WISH THEY CAN BE THEM OR DO THE THINGS THAT THEY ARE DOING..
    HERE I AM JULY 26 2011 MAKE SURE YOU GUYS GET IT… XOXO

  46. Jaleesa July 26, 2011

    I think that kelly is going to do phenominal. If you go to youtube, search for geegee626. she has a video about the BET awards and she is goin in lol #imjustsaying. Im subscribing to her channel.

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