“I’ve all the time been impressed by ladies, and with this assortment, I actually wished that to be mirrored,” Rowland says of latest Fabletics line.

It’s been a minute since Kelly Rowland final put out an album — 5 years, in actual fact. She’s dropped a couple of new tracks in recent times, together with “Kelly,” which she launched in November as a teaser to her subsequent endeavor, however followers will probably be relieved to listen to that the songstress is lastly gearing as much as deal with them to a brand new studio album someday this yr.

Though she’s reluctant to present us an actual timeline, Rowland tells Billboard that 2019 is certainly the yr. “This yr! I stated that final yr. But I truly, actually imply it this yr,” she jokes.

Rowland is aware of her followers have been stressed, and thanks them for his or her persistence, noting that she’s been busy refining her new materials with the hopes of constructing this the most effective venture that it may be.

“This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled course of ever, solely as a result of I do know what it’s purported to be and I’ve been so arduous on myself. I do know it. And it’s the primary time I’ve stated it out loud. I’ve been extraordinarily arduous on myself. But it’s positively coming, and I’m extra so enthusiastic about this venture than the rest,” Rowland reveals.

And for her fifth studio album, Rowland is taking it again a couple of a long time. While the roots of her new venture are R&B, she says that these days she’s been fully impressed by hip-hop from the '90s. “That period feels good. And I’ve been impressed by Marvin Gaye. He’s like my secret crush. I’ve completely been in that '90s headspace,” she says of the combo of old- and new-school sounds.

Rowland, who celebrated the launch of her first-ever capsule collection for Fabletics by internet hosting an intimate exercise class in Los Angeles on Tuesday, says the theme of her new attire and music go hand in hand.

“The line was impressed by dance, all my years of dancing and motion, and being empowered, feeling unimaginable in my pores and skin, and wanting ladies to really feel the identical,” she says.


Rowland’s Fabletics line is all encompassing, starting from sizes XXS to 3X, and invitations ladies to rejoice feeling great of their pores and skin, curves and all. “I’ve all the time been impressed by ladies, and with this assortment, I actually wished that to be mirrored — it doesn’t matter what background, form, measurement, coloration you might be. Every lady is simply made so superbly in their very own ray of sunshine, and I simply wished them to have the ability to slip this on and really feel wonderful and really feel already extra wonderful than what you already are,” she says.

Embracing your physique is a lesson Rowland says she herself has needed to be taught through the years. And it’s positively a theme that’s knowledgeable her music. “Obviously, if you consider a tune like ‘Bootylicious’ that Destiny’s Child had, that theme is clear,” says Rowland, who reveals that she’ll even have a brand new tune on her forthcoming album that tackles the notion of studying to like and embrace your physique. “There’s a tune that I did within the studio that I like a lot that talks about that. I’m not going to get into it, nevertheless it’s actually cool. It’s going to be on the document, presumably. I’ve recorded so many rattling songs,” she says with amusing.

According to Rowland, the battle for self-acceptance is a notion that each one ladies can relate to. “I believe it all the time exhibits itself, as a result of ladies undergo that. I believe folks undergo that normally, however ladies undergo that extra so than something. We are typically very arduous on ourselves. And I believe it’s vital we empower one another,” Rowland explains.


In latest months, rumors have been swirling a few potential Rowland/Beyoncé musical collaboration, however Rowland tells Billboard that her latest sightings with Queen Bey don’t have anything to do with music. “It’s so humorous. I assume each time folks see us collectively, they simply see music however I simply see sisterhood, and that’s what we’re and that’s what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all collectively, they instantly suppose music. I’m like, no. Just household,” Rowland says.

While there isn’t any discuss of a Destiny’s Child reunion occurring anytime quickly — although Rowland doesn’t squash all hope, saying, “We’ll see what occurs” — the artist would like to work with Solange once more. “I’m a big fan. I like her writing and the way detailed and specific she is. I all the time wished to determine how on earth she has so many various layers of harmonies when she is developing these vocals, and it’s so advanced however easy. It’s genius. It’s the genius in her genius thoughts that she has in there,” she says.

As far as collaborations on the brand new document, Rowland is staying mum. She did, nonetheless, reveal that she has some in thoughts and is ready to let the music reveal who is meant to be on the songs. “I watch for it to say who that’s, and that hasn’t been uncovered but — effectively, for one tune it has, however I’m not saying something,” she says with a smile.


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