Kelly needs to pass her promo secrets to Ciara because the Destiny’s Child singer has been ON it this past week, promoting her upcoming album, and blossoming hit single, “Kisses Down Low.” After talking to The Breakfast Club and Hot 97 this morning, Kelly went by the Billboard Magazine offices to talk about her new album, Talk A Good Game (which is due out in early June). While at Billboard, she dropped some very exciting details about the album.
She’s particularly passionate about “Talk A Good Game” because its sound “feels like everything I wanted to make as far as music and R&B. I wanted to make sure my roots were really pronounced on this album,” she says. That included working with a long list of guests — Mike WILL Made It (lead single “Kisses Down Low”), Boy Wonder, T-Minus, The-Dream and Pharrell are among the list of confirmed producers.
Additional sessions with R&B legends Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis didn’t make the final cut, but the collection was designed to recall the music of Rowland’s childhood — she cites New Edition, Pebbles and Babyface as particular inspirations. “I remember having my first conversations with Boy Wonder and T-Minus,” Rowland says, “They can give you the shirt-off-their-back story. They love R&B the way I do. It was so wonderful to be in the same creative space.”
Pharrell also does double duty on vocals for a duet, with additional features from Wiz Khalifa and — surprise! — Beyoncé and Michelle Williams. “It’s not a Destiny’s Child track, it’s me featuring Beyoncé and Michelle,” Rowland says of the latter collaboration, the trio’s first since the Pharrell-produced “Nuclear” for January’s Destiny’s Child compilation “Love Songs.” As for the song’s sound? “Soulllllll,” she says with a laugh.
“Talk A Good Game” takes its title from the song of the same name, one of Rowland’s favorite tracks on the album that doubles as an overarching theme. “I decided to speak on what I was doing in my life. There’s so much talking and people gonna be like ‘Is she really talking about this on the album?’ Even down to things on ‘Kisses Down Low.’ People are like, ‘you’re talking a good game right now.’ I thought it would be really cool to name the album after those reactions.”