Stars naked on covers may sell magazines, but can it still stir up controversy? Not likely.
Singer Kelly Rowland is setting herself free. With the release of her new album, she claims to be celebrating her independence from Destiny’s Child by posing topless on the cover of Vibe magazine.
“I just wanted it to be skin, I’m so comfortable in my skin. As a woman, sometimes that takes so long to get to,” she said, recalling the moment when she held up the pair of jeans that served as her only wardrobe for the shoot.
Rowland’s third solo album ‘Here I Am’ just hit shelves, revealing what she describes as a more ‘sensual’ side this time around. In her first single, ‘Motivation,’ she sings candidly about sex, even singing: “And when we’re done, I don’t want to feel my legs.”
The song has already soared to the top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, spending seven non-consecutive weeks at No. 1.
Just like she did on her previous two solo albums, Kelly Rowland enlisted some help from the hip-hop world on her newest album, “Here I Am.” The album features rappers Lil Wayne, Nelly and Big Sean (past albums featured rappers Snoop Dogg, Eve and Joe Budden).
“For me, it adds more style and swag,” said Kelly Rowland. “For (Lil) Wayne, it was sexiness. He got on (the song) and made it cooler. That’s exactly what I wanted. … I feel like collaborations enhance music. It also can make your audience broader if that artist has a different audience than you.”