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Kelly Rowland Releases ‘Dirty Laundry,’ Confessional Single Referencing Beyoncé [Listen]

Kelly Rowland Releases ‘Dirty Laundry,’ Confessional Single Referencing Beyoncé [Listen]

05/16/2013

Kelly Rowland, the former Destiny’s Child singer, has released a confessional single in “Dirty Laundry,” which makes explicit references to Beyoncé and past domestic abuse.

It’s a subtle track in every way except for its lyrics. It’s a slow song guided by a slow piano melody and gentle percussion. "Dirty Laundry" is all about the lyrics, and the pain of living in the shadows felt by the woman who sings them. It’s admirably gritty in its barebones approach, and wisely complimentary of the brighter star of Beyoncé.

"When my sister was onstage / killing it like a … / I was enraged / feeling it like a ….,” she sings about the "Single Ladies" singer. “Went our separate ways but I was happy that she was killing it / Bittersweet, she was up and I was down / No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now?"

When she sings about the abuse she faced, the lyrics read, "Hitting the window like it was me / And still it shattered / He pulled me out and said, 'Don’t nobody love you but me / Not your mama / Not your daddy / and especially not Bey.' "

Produced by The-Dream, the single is sure to gain attention, if only at first just because of its subject matter and candor. It’s the lead track off of her upcoming fourth album Talk a Good Game. Her last album was 2011’s Here I Am. Simply Deep, her best-selling album, was certified gold in 2002.

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