Kelly Rowland is representing for her ladies. The R&B diva has revealed the girl power-inspired title of her fourth solo album Year of the Woman.
The 31-year-old singer took to her website to announce the news. “I’m so excited to reveal the title of my fourth solo studio album,” she wrote. “For weeks I have been using the hashtag #YOTW which stands for my next album which is titled ‘Year Of the Woman’. This album is one of my greatest pieces of work and I cannot wait to share it with you guys!”
Earlier this summer, Kelly debuted the first single “ICE” featuring Lil Wayne. She has been in the studio with hitmakers including Rico Love, Sean Garrett, and T-Minus working on the follow-up to 2011s Here I Am.
“I am more excited going into it this time than last time because I have a concept,” she previously 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.”
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.”
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