Kelly Rowland’s sophomore album has had two title changes and three unofficial releases since last year, but “Ms. Kelly” is finally set to drop June 26, according to Music World/Columbia Records, and the ex-Destiny’s Child assures she’s put “her heart and soul into this record.”
During a Billboard interview last year, manager Matthew Knowles insisted the decision to push the release date from July 11, 2006, was because more time was needed to set up the project. “We want to make sure our marketing strategy is a multi-tiered approach that capitalizes on the synergies afforded by her other projects,” he said.
But now, Rowland admits she is ready for the rest of the world to take a listen, especially since she decided to make this album very personal. “This album is very different from the last record. It was so alternative and this record is urban,” she told Billboard.com. “I wanted to go back to my roots [because] that’s where I started and that’s what feels natural to me.
The first single from the album, “Like This,” features rap artist Eve, and is currently being promoted on AOL Music’s New Songs page and on Rowland’s Myspace.com site. The second single “Ghetto,” guest stars Snoop Dogg. Other tracks include the Tank-penned and produced “The Show.”
On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, “Like This” debuted last week at No. 69, Rowland’s first appearance as a lead artist on that chart since “Can’t Nobody” in 2003.
“Ms. Kelly” is the successor to Rowland’s 2002 solo debut, “Simply Deep,” which peaked at No. 12 on The Billboard 200. It included hits like the Nelly-assisted “Dilemma,” which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Here is the tentative track listing for “Ms. Kelly”:
“Gots To Go”
“Work Her Man”
“Still in Love With My Ex”
“The Show” featuring Tank
“Every Thought Is You”
“Better Without You”
“Wat It Do”
“Can’t Do It Again”
“This Is Love”