A confident Kelly Rowland calls new record ‘a statement for me’

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LA Times Music Blog – Kelly Rowland opens her third solo effort, “Here I Am,” with the roaring “I’m Dat Chick,” on which the diva boasts a newfound confidence. And for a solo career that has seen as much criticism as triumph, the assertion couldn’t have come at a better time: She’s out to prove something. “Yeah, I be the one that they love to mention / I tell ’em keep on talking, cause I love the attention,” she sings on the Tricky Stewart-produced track. It’s paid off for Rowland. “Here I Am” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 after logging 77,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan — her highest out-of-the-gate charting outside of the multiplatinum clutch of Destiny’s Child.

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Kelly Rowland Scores No. 1 R&B Album

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Things are going well for R&B singer Kelly Rowland. Still riding the success of having a No. 1 hit single with “Motivation,” the Destiny’s Child singer also added a No. 1 R&B album to her list of accomplishments this week. Rowland’s third solo album, Here I Am, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart after selling 76,857 copies in its first week. The album is also the top selling R&B.

“I’m just so thankful to everybody for being so supportive of this record and of ‘Motivation.’ I’ve been so completely humbled,” Rowland told BET.com in an exclusive interview. The album is what Rowland describes as “grown and sexy.” Rowland talked about another song off the album that she is feeling these days. “My favorite song right now would be this record I did called ‘Keep It Between Us.’ Seven and I wrote on it. It’s so sensual and relaxing,” she said.

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