New Song: Kelly Rowland – ‘Need A Reason (ft. Bei Major & Future)’

Published: Tuesday 3rd Apr 2012 by Sam

Hard at work on her 4th studio album, Kelly Rowland ensures she remains present in the Urban arena by appearing on the soundtrack to one of Black Hollywood’s biggest movies – ‘Think Like A Man’.

The ‘Motivation’ singer teams up with RCA’s Bei Major and Future for ‘Need A Reason’.

Take a listen after the jump…

Via Essence:

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From the breezy production, to Rowland’s effortless glide across it, this is a  solid slow jam. We like. Do you?

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Tidbit: Click here to check out the official trailer for ‘Think Like A Man’ (which stars Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, and Rowland herself) over at our sister site That Grape Juice TV.

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  1. B4REAL02 April 3, 2012

    Alright Ms. Kelly!!! Me likey

    • zhinga December 11, 2012

      i love thiz song cause we dont no reason 4 love

  2. Lebo(CaribbeanBOi) April 3, 2012

    LUV LUV LUV ITTTT !!!!!!

  3. MsThing485 April 3, 2012

    I like it a lot. It’s very listenable. At first I was iffy about the cliche rap guest, but as the song went on it didn’t matter. Very good effort. I’m glad Kelly is doing R&B and gave up that ridiculous pursuit of corny dance and electro-pop. That type of music is for lesser talents and people with lesser tastes. Too bad Toni didn’t get that.

  4. TONATHUI_ April 3, 2012

    LOVE IT MS. KELLY 🙂 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. kingphoenix9 April 3, 2012

    Girl i hope nothing on your album sounds like this.

  6. Hot! April 3, 2012

    WHy dont she sing songs about more than just s** and doin it, I mean the song is is good but if our artist esp Black wont real support they need to sing about things affectting the human condition. Again this song good um not knocking it um just sayin

  7. Bones April 3, 2012

    Snooze fest….

  8. AOL April 3, 2012

    This is absolutely BREATHTAKING!!!!

    Wow totally in love with it!!!

  9. luv music April 3, 2012


  10. jhonfajardo April 3, 2012

    te ves adorable

  11. Citygal718 April 3, 2012

    Alright now, this is what I’m talking about. Seems to me that Kelly is chasing the audience that liked “Motivation” and I think that is the wisest move for her! I am relieved that she left the David Guetta/When Love Takes Over/Commander sound behind.

  12. GLYNNJE April 3, 2012

    NICE TRACK. I AM LOVING IT!!!!!!!!!!1


  13. Chillin April 3, 2012

    in LOVING it!! This makes R&B relevant again..good job Ms Kelly!!

  14. kijano April 3, 2012

    Don’t understand what you guys like in this

  15. Erik Aston Washington April 3, 2012

    I love this sound as well. The lady is a talented artist and I am glad she follows and listens to her own heart and soul. THIS IS AN ARTIST!! Stand back people the lady is coming thru!

  16. BJ April 3, 2012


  17. j millz April 3, 2012

    yessssssssssssssss,pound button,semi colon, exclamation point kelly this song is hot and so are you f****** love her.

  18. ThatBoyLuke April 3, 2012

    Kelly you better keep dropping these s** songs lol

  19. richnblack11(just like bey) April 3, 2012

    cute song for when you cleaning the house or runing errands

  20. BCinKS April 3, 2012

    Yea, as an album track, it’s cool. I like it better than Motivation. Only a handful of R&B acts can pull off getting hits that aren’t about s**. Kelly is not one of them. If she’s not grinding and being oversexed, she does not sell in the US.

  21. jesse mr hello April 3, 2012

    its a good song but check out the up and coming ” jesse mr hello”

  22. Sleazy April 3, 2012

    Why do people act like kelly rowland just sing bout s** have people Forgotten Stole? So much meaning to that song. Train on a track? Like this? Keep it between us? Etc

  23. grammy dammy sammy April 3, 2012

    she tried to sell s** in the UK and they saw right thru her lol. she did an interview where she talked about loving adult stores and the comments were like …bull ..u tryna sound interesting to sell your cd. selling s** doesnt work for everybody (see ciara too) so i guess we should start givin rihanna props lol

  24. Diva April 3, 2012

    OMG!!! Love the track

  25. xoxo April 3, 2012

    love it! the more artists not jumping on david guettas ballsack, the better!

  26. Stevie April 3, 2012

    Wont be listening to it. You only have to read the comments to see she has regressed back to songs about s**.

    She’s been marked for greatness for so long only for her to go for instant fame & glory rather than grace & depth. Stole, Heaven & Earth, Dilemma, WLTO, Daylight & Forever & A Day remain her best body of work and not one was about s**.

  27. Jessica April 3, 2012

    Kelly songs are not all s** songs, she makes one track about love, then everyone gets pissed off, you people are the same people complain she’s boring, then she does one love making song, then everyone complains, like this girl can’t win!!! Everyone was dissing Motivation when it dropped but when it blew, every who was dissing it were jumping on that song, smh!!! I actually like the song- it’s R&B and not that Euro-pop b******* that everyone else is doing, Kelly doesn’t need that and alot of artists don’t need that who are well established- Usher and Toni doing the Euro-pop crap. I’m glad Kelly is doing R&B again.

  28. cray April 3, 2012

    I love it!

  29. Gr3g April 3, 2012

    I like the chill and summer vibe of the song. At first I wasn’t going to listen to it given the odd choice of artists featured but surprisingly it works. Yes, it’s another s** song but that is what’s working for her so *shrug* why not.

  30. EdwardPonton April 3, 2012

    I like this s***.

  31. N**** PLEASE April 3, 2012

    YEESSS !! bring back the real r&b , loving it , sounds so sultry and s*** !!

    cant wait for the movie to come out here in New Zealand 🙂


  32. Sean Stone April 3, 2012

    This is very Summer Time

  33. PamB April 3, 2012

    I really like this song. I’ve played it about 4 times in 3 hours. It’s super s*** and melodic! Go Kelly!!!

  34. SBC19 April 3, 2012

    I’m glad Kelly is remembering that she’s a BLACK woman and not doing that white pop dance s*** no more.

  35. X,Y,”and Z” April 3, 2012


    Here’s the latest from the OFFICIAL X-Factor U.K. site regarding Kelly Rowland’s return for the 2012 season: NOT-A-THING..!! Here, “Rowdogs”, have a sniff:

    Sam, the almost-40-year-old-Kelly Rowland is, I must admit, a unique artist. In these past 3-years being “Team-Breezy”, I’ve learned alot about how the industry works. It is a cruel, foreboding, and unforgiving place..!!

    ..That said, it amazes me how an artist who has failed as many times as the almost-40-something-year-old Kelly Rowland, can so ably…”fail upwards” in such a graceful, if not mechanized manner. Her solo debut, 2002’s “Simply Deep” was, given the funds lavished upon it, a failure. 2007’s “Ms. Kelly” was a much more pronounced fail and it was the exclamation mark that ended her relationship with Colombia. You see, Sam, labels do not drop an artist only after one “bad” album – especially one with the name recognition that Kelly Rowland has. NO! “Ms. Kelly” exposed the failure that was 2002’s “Simply Deep”.

    But what leaves my interest “peaked” is how she managed to worm her way into the better graces of Universal/Motown. Did that X-Factor U.K. gig have something to do with it? Did they see dollar signs after “Commander”?

    Sam, I can think of only one artist who has recent failed as badly: Rihanna/ “Rated R”. How can you be the matron saint of the abused, disenfranchised, and abandoned and return such poor numbers is well-beyond me. On strictly a ROI basis, “Rated R” has failed like none other in recent history.

    In any case, Sam, someone had post this link to prove that she’s again signed to appear come 2012 X-Factor U.K. It’s a Yahoo link, but since it’s NOT the “official” X-Factor U.K. site, and since said site mentions nothing on the matter, I think it’s only then prudent to default to the “last word” on the matter: the afore-mentioned OFFICIAL X-Factor U.K. site which has no such information!

    Long story short: Kelly Rowland had weekly-access to 12-Million will-and-able U.K./European discretionary-spending consumers and she only moved less-than 150-K “Here I am” units: FAILURE beyond measure..!!

    X,Y,”and Z”

  36. SidneyAubreyBeyince April 3, 2012

    You know XYZ shut the f*** up like really you must be a miserable person or a hateful person smh it amazes me everytime you bring up old s*** you always have something negative to say it makes no sense and very childish of you with the whole age comment almost 40 well if she was then she look hella good at some almost 40 why do you care about her career you know I don’t get why I’m replying to you because its not going to make a difference what you say she still making money still making music and their really is nothing you can do about it but hide behind a computer and say stuff that you feel like its hurting someones feeling smh its whatever anyways Love the track she is doing big things with the acting and can’t wait for the next album “Here I Am” loved it

  37. LAX April 3, 2012

    YA MAD She sounds better than RIHANNA

  38. X,Y,”and Z” April 3, 2012

    @SIDNEYAUBREYBEYINCE re: April 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm —

    *Meh…* “..Miserable/Hateful/Negative”..?! <–O~o

    ..That's absurd…!! What an absolutely horrible person you are..!!

    "I don’t get why I’m replying to you"

    I do; because you know what I'm saying is based totally in truth and love for/of the almost-40-something-year-old Kelly Rowland…!! Truth told, I only want what's best for Kelly, don't you?

    Kelly having weekly-access to "12-Million willing-and-able U.K./European discretionary-spending consumers", and then only moving that pathetic 150-K "Here I am" units = Kelly making a complete fool of herself, and NO ONE seems to care…!! I'm only helping her to see what's RALLY happening, while the rest of you continually deceive and lie to her. Kelly deserves better and I'm doing my best FOR HER..!!

    That picture above of Kelly is yet ANOTHER prime example of "lying" to Kelly. If TGJ were "real Rowdogs", they'd have used a picture that's based completely in reality, one such as this: <–What Kelly really looks like. It's an honest, real, and not-photoshopped based-in-actuality representation of…"OUR" Kelly.

    X,Y,"and Z" — "I'm your commander! I command you to dance…!!"

  39. Lola April 3, 2012

    I Like It. Would Have Been Better Without The Rapping Though. Other Then That I Liked It. Go Kelly! Woooot!

  40. truth tela April 3, 2012

    I loooove it! Please Kelly release it as a single and give us a video for it as good as the ‘Keep it between us’ video. The only problem is that Kelly is slow with her video release and does not promote her music. She is definitely very talented, forget the hatred on some of the comments on this site. Go Kelly. The song is very catchy. Next time ditch the raping though because we need a comlpete hit without anyone else featuring!

  41. williNalli April 3, 2012

    Yo, this ish cray *Head Bobbing to the Beat”
    MIND GAMES Part 2

    #TeamKelly allday errday

  42. MuzikPro April 3, 2012

    not my favorite way of hearing Kelly, but more power to the woman. Gotta luv her.

  43. Tee April 3, 2012

    I lovesss it!

  44. jjenn April 3, 2012


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  45. Mitch April 3, 2012

    I love this song!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kelly is amazing.

  46. Hush April 3, 2012

    JJENN is a lonely, friendless, dateless internet troll with no life, who has to post dumb s*** anonymously on a blog in order to get 5 fleeting seconds of pleasure.

    Honestly, I’d rather have cellulite than to be you.

  47. Big Ro April 3, 2012

    Love it Kelly Rowland! Nice, cool, mid-tempo R&B track!

    Appreciate the vibe on this track! Nice beat that makes me dance and move.

  48. ILOVEKELLY April 3, 2012

    F*** the haterz kelly..most rnb songs are about s** your thang you a grown ass woman..this song is hot!! and motivation was a monster hit coming from a fan since no no no no ..i aint mind a you going in the direction do you .. I cant wait for album #4 i will be buying

  49. Entoxicator April 4, 2012

    Wow Kelly killed it, can’t stop listening 2 the song!!!

  50. antertain April 4, 2012

    It’s cool fitting for a soundtrack.
    Not overhyped but its ok

  51. Peekaboo April 7, 2012

    Its a refreshing & laid back song. Single worthy & in my opinion should be released as a single. & ppl act like sexual Kelly is new. Shes been “hot in the ass” Kelly from jump. Listen to some of her verses in DC even from the very beginnin. This ain’t new. & if it ain’t broke…..

  52. sha sha April 24, 2012

    all yall need to stop and i hate founy people like some of yall

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