Kelly Rowland Dedicates New Album to the Ladies

Kelly Rowland

Ladies, Kelly Rowland has got your back. The “Motivation” singer is representing for her fellow females on her upcoming fourth solo album.

Kelly has been in the studio with hitmakers including Rico Love, Sean Garrett, and T-Minus working on the follow-up to 2011’s Here I Am, which she hopes to release by the end of the year.

“I am more excited going into it this time than last time because I have a concept,” she told Vegas magazine. “I’m making this album for my ladies, oh, yes, and it is strong. All of the producers I’ve been working with get the concept so much that they brought in a little more aggressive—and sometimes masculine—approach, but there is a really incredible top line: I want to tell women how incredible we are, how our intuition is so spot-on. Sometimes we don’t listen to it, but it is the thing that can actually make us happier.”

Her male fans shouldn’t feel left out. “I know that men will buy it,” she said. “Y’all will definitely buy it and sing to it. You’ll say, ‘I can’t believe I’m singing to this!’ If you want to learn about women, listen to my next album!”

The Destiny’s Child diva was inspired by some of her favorite artists including Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. “What triggered it all was when I was on tour last year with Chris Brown,” she explained. “I stopped by Hitsville U.S.A. [the nickname for Motown's first headquarters in Detroit], and saw all of this history; it filled my soul up to the point where I wanted to tell my story. To me, it’s really about having something to say, and people love that. That’s what’s so great about Adele: She is a storyteller.”

Check out more of Kelly’s stunning pics from the issue, on newsstands now.

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Photo credit: Robert Ascroft/Vegas



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125 Comments

  1. jay

    this woman is STUNNING!

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @jay, Where? Because I truly dont see it. She’s really dark and long face to me. Not cute.

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    Avon Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, do you have to be soo racist? dark is beautiful !

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    Cali Kid Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Her skin tone is very nice & she’s way prettier that Nicki! Nicki got a long nose, big a$$ horse teeth, ugly lace front, and a wide face! Oh & I bet Kelly is 100 times prettier that you! YOU are probably ugly! You talk trash to try to make yourself feel prettier/better! So have a seat in the playground with all the other Nicki stans!!!

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    Muah Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, We all would like to see what YOU look like! What’s ur twitter or facebook so we can see? You must be ugly is you gotta talk trash online!!! it’s okay boo I feel sorry for you that you are ugly and have to talk trash to make yourself feel pretty! Oh & You Stan for nicki? Boo she ugly!!!!

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Muah, Dont worry about how I look, I look Damn good! Pretty chica over here baby! Keep Nicki outta this, she looks better than Kelly on any given day.

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    Muah Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Then what’s ur twitter or Facebook so we can see how you look? Huh? That’s what u thought you ugly! & Nicki is ugly too!!!!!!

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    NICK Reply:

    @MinajRules2012 Your ex boyfriend probably cheated on you with a Woman Kelly Rowland’s Colour so U feel bitter. It’s very easy to talk trash over the internet, yet if U EVA talked big at a club in front of a “Dark skinned” woman, She’d knock the shit Outta U, I agree with “Muah” So us your face init, I bet Your Tall & Straight with no arse wotsoeva hence why u idol-lise Fakey-Minaj so much.

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    JayRow Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, this is an example of hate for sure, but it’s also shows society’s brainwashing effect. For so long they’ve tried to convince beautiful dark-skinned women like Kelly that they were not as attractive as their lighter-skinned counterparts. And tried to push this as a TRUTH. But I always knew even when I was little that it was a LIE. Just a ploy to feel more secure and superior because dark-skinned women had something they didn’t have. And this inferiority complex still goes on to this day and it’s so sad. But at the end of the day Vegas chose Kelly so it doesn’t matter what internet trolls say because the magazine knows Kelly is a beautiful woman. Kelly is repping that chocolate, just what dark-skinned young women need to see. More mags need to do this.

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    Jay-Me Reply:

    @jay, This is very true. She looks fantastic. I can’t wait to see Kelly settled in her zone on the next album. This could be her best yet.

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  2. Joseph McCoy

    Some musicians are so dumb, no wonder they get swindled out of money…

    Why announce that your album is dedicated to the ladies when your biggest fanbase is GAY MALES.

    That’s like Young Jeezy saying his album is dedicated to the ladies. Only niggas buy his records. It would flop.

    Doesn’t make any sense to me…

    Another flop, another label chop.

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    meme Reply:

    @Joseph McCoy, ladies and gay males have the same taste in music. so all the same. 90% of Beyonce music is female anthems but gays eat it up more than women

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Joseph McCoy, She will flop no matter what fan base she caters too. She is horrible.

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    Nikita Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, EVERYONE will flop to you but you’re STILL not buying your gimmick’s flopping ALBUM.

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    chris_shorts Reply:

    @Joseph McCoy, im sorry ur a disgrace to all living things just a miserable person. its a shame how much one human can hate on another and not do shit with their own life

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  3. Whitney

    Black Barbie!

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  4. DRB

    “Female empowerment” records are so overdone. How about let me make a song about sex, looking sexy or leaving someone.

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    -_- Reply:

    @DRB, Wasn’t motivation about sex? -_-

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    DRB Reply:

    @-_-, was supposed to be lets not make a song about …

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    HeavyHeavy Reply:

    @DRB, i agree a lot of female artists always say this stuff – female anthem female empowerment song. Please just do something new, once you heard one song about how to treat a woman you have heard them all and why segregate your audience.

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  5. muni

    OMG I cant fucking wait so excited, Kelly next album will be the greatest, I can feel it man!!

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  6. Jake

    New album? Okay. Hella confident people will buy it too.

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  7. qposh

    come on.. gays are mostly females.. atleast she knows the direction… go miss kellyy… u r winning…

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  8. Just Saying

    she loves that curly hair…

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  9. LOL

    yawn

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  10. williNalli

    SWEET JESUS!!! GORGE!!!

    My #GuiltyPleasure

    *Back to doing hw* lol

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  11. Erik Aston Washington

    This woman is HOT!

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  12. MinajRules2012

    Sorry, Nobody is really checkin for Kelly Rowland. She’s too dark. She’ll never be able to compete with real divas in the industry. Her and Beyonce are just overrated and tired.

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    Avon Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, OMG WHY ARE YOU BEING SO FUCKING RACIST AND TALKING ABOUT HER SKIN!! THIS IS THE SECOND DAMN TIME I SEEN YOUR ASS ON THIS POST, IF YOU DONT LIKE KELLY ROWLAND THEN GET THE FUCK! OFF THIS POST AND DONT CLICK ON IT, SIMPLE AS THAT!!

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @MinajRules2012,

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    .... Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Honey, chile, BOO…… Beyonce and Kelly have A LOT of things your fave doesn’t. Beauty, talent, Grammy’s, and more. DON’T.

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  13. Redchainsaw

    I love Kelly, her albums might not go platinum right away but they’re always good, sales doesn’t equate a good album……but I wish they would do a DC3 reunion

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  14. PhyLISIA

    YES YES AND YES SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Blackberry

    WOW she looks absolutely stunning! I really have faith in her!

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  16. Stylish

    I am really exciting, she has really come into her own!!

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  17. RealIssh

    Her hair stays perfect .. I’m becoming a supporter .

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  18. KellyRowww

    She is slaying our lives right now. The shoot is stunning and the album will be a winner! She is on her way to the top. Motivation was just the beginning!

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  19. Bossy

    She looks stunning and I am beyond excited for the album! She and Ciara will slay the music scene.

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    Rohi Reply:

    me too. kelly is my lovely girlfriend.

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  20. Mr.RowJacks

    DAMN this bitch is bad!!!! Bring on that music!

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  21. Mentos

    She is a chocolate beauty! The concept of the album sounds great!

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  22. CICIFAN

    This girl is bringing it! Besides Ciara I really root for this girl. I am really feeling she heading the right way to success, she has a name on her own now since motivation!

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  23. Ariah

    WOW INCREDIBLE SHOOT! She is so mind blowing beautiful, it is INSANE!!!!!

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  24. Ryan

    yo man, kelly’s pictures is so beatiuful that i love it so must that she’s lovely. love you kelly.

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  25. Amber

    Bring that album. Here I am and Ms.Kelly are amazing albums!!!

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  26. SheCAAn

    This bitch is about to slay the charts!!! Love the photo with the red dress!

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  27. AppleIcon

    S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G! Hooked on that Need A Reason song, I hope the album is a reflection of that song!! Love it and love her tone!

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  28. Yesmeme

    I agree!! Her tone is the best along with Brandy’s voice! Need A Reason is gem!! This album better be poppin’ !

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  29. pointB

    This woman never fails to disappoint when it comes to looks and music!

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  30. UnofficialGIRL

    I love her. She is my role model!

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  31. Miizq

    Usually I hate big hair like that but I love it on her, it fits her like glove!!! excited for the album and single!

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  32. Karina

    I love the comments above! People are really loving this chick, she is fly.com

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  33. Fespa

    The shoot reminds me of the shoot she did with Kim Kimble yesterday on we tv. I never watch an interview of her or something but I came to realise while watching kim kimble show how incredibly humble she is. Definitely looking forward to her new album! Motivation was the business!

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  34. LINIYA

    Lovely shoot. She is breathtaking. The concept of the album is not that original but her voice shines and the music is all what matters. I’m definitely buying!

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  35. Myname

    Yes some info about the forthcoming album! We never got an album of her so fast, she really is here to stay! I see u Kelz.

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  36. DEOMEYA

    She always looks beautifullllll!! I only Here I Am and I enjoyed it, I think I will be buying the next record.

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  37. TEAMMOTIVATION

    I AM EXCITED AS HELL!!!!!!!!!!!

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  38. mamaD

    Love the blue suitttttt!!!!! She is sooooo fittttt, right in time for her new album!

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  39. Locations

    This bitch is wifey material! She is mind blowing like 4 real.

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  40. Sexuer

    She is expressing confidence, you can feel it. She really came out of her shelt. Proud of her cause she is doing big since Motivation.

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  41. PhoneRING

    Darkchild, Sean Garrett! NICE NICE!!!! Great set of producers + she looks phenomenal!

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  42. [email protected]

    Classy shoot! She making me mellllltttt! Bring on the album!

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  43. Dreamer

    YESSSSS EXCITEDDDDDDDD!!!!!!! She is here to stay, so proud of you girl!!!!!!!!

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  44. Inthehandsof

    Gobsmacked. She is drop.dead.beautiful. This shoot couldve been a fabolous album shoot!

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  45. TradeMIX

    So glad she stopped with X Factor, she will be fully commited to this album and slay!

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  46. nania

    Loving the shoot and let’s see what she will bring with the music.

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  47. baby

    She pulls of this hair well! I agree the album should be in vain of Need A Reason, that song is a BEAST!

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    LINIYA Reply:

    agree that song is a banger!

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  48. Nickientourage

    SMOKING !!!! YEAH MAMA

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  49. beats

    Diva shoot lol! She is making a mark in r&b scene. Glad she is doing well.

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  50. NeedAReason

    I agree with need a reason being a BEAST!!! The album should definitely be in vain of that! Bring it on Kelz!

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  51. Meanitlikeyou

    That picture with red dress is fierce as hell! She really is doing it lately! Rap-up yall should post that ebony shoot with Trey as well! She is on some ish right now!

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  52. Beemania

    Motivation was my jam! Excited for what’s to come!

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  53. ShowTIME

    I hope she succeeds with everything this time.

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  54. Respect

    Gotta love her hustle. She a hustler.

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  55. TreyAngel

    I hope Trey features on the album, they are a great combo!

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  56. PickitUP!

    She the BOMBBBB! Sexy as chocolatttttte and a voice of an ANGEL!

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  57. Alex

    some people are late bloomers. that’s def Kelly. she looks amazing! & beautiful! :D woo!

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  58. yuppitsme

    oh please!

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  59. Mr.Smoku

    Very impressed with her growth.

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  60. DanKara

    She is gorgeous! 4th album already, damn.

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  61. Mindless

    Really excited for the album!

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  62. KeriN

    Excited for the album, loved motivation and Keep It Between Us.

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  63. Cherripop

    I love the concept, representing 4 tha ladiesss yessir!

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  64. MiMiSupporter

    She came a long way, 4th album already. All her albums had at least one hit. Now I want the new album to be a success as whole!

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  65. Intervi007

    She looks flawless.

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  66. Disneylover

    I own all her albums and I love them all. I expect this one to be no exception!

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  67. Pikachu21

    New music, finally!! She better deliver!

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  68. Inaya

    So she will be all r&b… I wonder what she will do with her international market..?

    She looks great btw

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  69. Imke

    The clothes look stunning on her. She has a wonderful body!

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  70. OMG

    I am sure she will feature Trey Songz on it, which is even better for more exposure. I am excited, I hope she will be able to get Kanye on one of her tracks since that has always been one of her dreams.

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  71. Kelworld

    Yeah my black barbie is slaying all yo faves. Get it Kelendria!

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  72. SDA

    It really is her time, there are no relevant chicks in r&b right now. Ciara might be the only competition.. Keyshia, Brandy, Monica are all nothing anymore.

    Kelly has claimed her spot since that motivation song.

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  73. MobilityforALl

    @OMG

    Kanye would be a perfect idea especially since her named her in ‘Power’!

    Very excited for the end product.

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  74. LitteMonster

    I love all kinds of Kelly but I hope we will get a dance cut overseas!

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  75. Kanyetroop

    Yeah I believe Kanye and she would smash a record. Something like the one he did with Keri Hilson but much better since Kelly has the superior vocal tone.

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  76. Saida

    #TeamKelly / #Rowldawgs

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  77. LadiesNight

    I hope she will perform at the BET awards again, last time she performed I was blown away, I did not expect that.

    Looking good btw.

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  78. GagaFusion

    While Bee and Michelle are aging, this woman is getting younger and younger. Unbelieveble. She used to be the worst looking in the group and now she is by miles the most gorgeous one.

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    Mindless Reply:

    I absolutely agree!!!!

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  79. Messengerr

    She looks off tha chain, fire!

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  80. Marilyn

    She is getting younger. She looks amazing for someone who is 31! I loved Lay It On Me!

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  81. SweatCi

    She and Ciara are the best looking women in the industry!

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  82. Rowldawg

    Go Go Go Go Go Go!

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  83. Collegestudent

    So much talent was pushed aside while she was in DC3 and now she is growing and growing into something extraordinary.

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  84. Truedat

    Ciara is pretty but I believe Kelly and Christina Milian are the prettiest in the music industry.. Their beauty is sublime.

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  85. TheDreamer

    So beautiful. And can’t wait for the new music. Sounds promising and she doesn’t have anymore distractions like X Factor, which is good.

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  86. cOMEaTmEbRO

    I really want the best for Kelly, she’s so talented but yet so underrated as a solo artist. All she needs is the right team and promo and this album could be big!

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  87. Jlo Promo

    Let’s support our girl!! And help her bring rnb and our people back into mainstream market!!! Go Kelly!!!

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  88. yeahman

    True artist. Love her.

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  89. temi

    whoa there!!! yes binch!!!

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  90. kellyrowlandhasarrived

    SHE IS GONNA GET HER SHIT TOGETHER this TIME!! Yes Queen!!!!

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  91. Princess

    Can wait to here the new music. Love Kelly!!!

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  92. BlazianBarbie

    She is THE QUEEN. Enough said!

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  93. Ohemaa

    This is annoying. Why comment about how someone looks to judge whether they are good at what they do or not? I mean, we need more diversity in the music industry because it it so influential and can help with the barriers people hold. But if people at home continue to reject people based on things like skin tone, how is that going to work? MinajRules2012 answer that. Nicki Minaj talks about people being beautiful in their own right, but what is real about her? Kelly isn’t as big as she could be, but she is focused and will get there.

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  94. Mr. Alexanda

    @MinajRules2012, YOU MUST BE ONE FLY “BITCH” HUH????? Post a pic of yourself up! So we can criticize, judge, and try to find or rationalize whats beautiful in you! Fuck you trememndously, talkin all that smack about how you support Nicki and shit, and I’m sure if Nicki knew your triflin was talkin shit about everybody and there mother, she wouldn’t like your fuckin ass anyway. Talkin bout kelly too dark, what kind of shit is that, so you either a white chick, a red bone chick, a “regular light skin” chick, or half cute chick running her mouth because she ain’t got nothing else to do but be a bored, hatin ass broad, INSECURE I’ll add, and a almighty hater of the successful. Bitches like you make laugh, so much that my stomach hurts, and YES, I am comin for you, STRAIGHT AT YOU, BULLSEYE!!! Like yo pussy ain’t got odor, or yo shit got diamonds in it, BITCH chill… and I don’t have to look at you to know at ain’t all that, in fact by how you TALK, you all shades of UGLY. And if you got something to say, you can come for me, I’ll be waiting right here. Silly hoe is on the loose, watch out Ya’ll!!! Plus, like KR or NM give two shits bout yo ass…

    Can’t stand hatin ass people. Give someone credit where it is due, you ain’t gotta like or love’em, but have some RESPERCT seriously. They can flop or sell millions of records, but like I said have some RESPECT! Its straight ridiculous how people be comin out the mouth at others just purely, genuinely, really HATIN on others!!!!

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  95. dina

    She looks so good! I believe she will get to the top, look at the amount of comments and her being the third most read and she did not even announce a title or something.

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  96. StAlbans&Jamaica

    I don’t know if any other dude has said this before me but I’ve been liking and attracted to girls and women’s beautiful sexy smooth legs since I was 5 or 6 years old in kindergarten. Her long legs are so damn beautiful and sexy it’s killing me, I’m in pain. I swear I want to kiss every part of her legs for hours especially her knees and her thighs, her knees and her thighs are so damn pretty

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    JayRow Reply:

    @StAlbans&Jamaica, LOL. She be killin em killin em killin em. I couldn’t agree more about her legs and I’m a girl.

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  97. tamar

    Pretty face. Not loving the outfits though. Looks like something only bey could pull off.
    # IMO

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  98. JayRow

    Thank you for posting this interview Rap-Up. Love Kelly and I can’t wait for the new album. I couldn’t agree more about intuition. She’s so on point. I’m getting amped for this album. And I can’t get enough of these photos. I love the different colors they used on her. She looks amazing as always.

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  99. MotorDG

    She looks OUTSTANDING! Excited 4 tha album!

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  100. kingk

    I’m ready for kelly’s, trey’s and LeToya’s albums

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  101. davyd69

    her last album here i am was incredible and I hope her next album will be too

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  102. Maxim

    Dear Sean, Norm and I want to tell you what a beautiful job you did at Kelly Kimble Laffey (our deghutar’s ) wedding..You are not just a photographer but a true artist. Your work is truly amazing, and we can understand why kelly and her husband Mike wanted you there for their special day.The pictures we have seen so far are awesome, and everytime i look at them and listen to the music you put in the background it brings tears to my eyes..You not only captured photos but feelings.Again thank you so much for doing such a great job and the way you made everyone feel so comfortable and we definitely won’t forget you..You definitely made Kelly and Mikes dreams of photographing their wedding come true.. can’t wait to see the finish album..Again thanks from the bottom of our hearts!~!Sue & Norm Goulet ..Parents of Kelly & son in -law Mike Laffey

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