After the Platinum success of Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Motivation’ this Summer, it was a foregone assumption that the album that housed it (‘Here I Am’) would follow-suit.
Yet, as fate would have it, the LP went on to become more of a critical success than a commercial one. Having not really addressed the album’s standing publicly, Rowland finally shares her opinion on its performance in the latest issue of JET magazine.
Peep her comments on her present and future after the jump…
On The Sales of Here I Am:
“I was very happy with the album, period. It was a long time coming and I’m proud that Motivation was nominated for a Grammy; it’s been a really great year,” she says after a brief pause. Her tone holds a mixture of slight annoyance, understandable frustration and reasonable divatude.
“I can do whatever I want,” she declares. “I don’t allow anyone to put me in a box. Honestly, if I want to try something, that’s what I’m going to do.”
On Her New Years Resolution:
As the year wraps up, Rowland has one New Year’s resolution. “I want an album in the Top 5,” she shares. She’s scheming, plotting and gunning for No. 1.
On Direction of Her New Album:
“I would like to tell stories about grown woman things— what we go through every single day in relationships and love, empowering each other,” she shares.
Kudos to JET for going ‘there’. Yet, an even bigger nod to Kelly for not being subtle about her hunger to truly smash with the next record.
As echoed previously, it just so happens that ‘Here I Am’ (and more specifically, ‘Motivation’) have etched ‘Kelly the (potential) solo star’ into public consciousness. Hence, it’s left to the next project to really build on that foundation and dispel any doubt about her success this year being a fluke. That means hot material, hot promotion, and more hot performances.
Are you checking for Kelly next go round?