Kelly Rowland Talks 2019 Album, Dream Reunion With Solange & How Body Positivity Informs Her Music

"I’ve at all times been impressed by ladies, and with this assortment, I actually needed that to be mirrored," Rowland says of latest Fabletics line.

It’s been a minute since Kelly Rowland final put out an album -- 5 years, in truth. She’s dropped a number of new tracks lately, together with “Kelly,” which she launched in November as a teaser to her subsequent endeavor, however followers can be relieved to listen to that the songstress is lastly gearing as much as deal with them to a brand new studio album someday this 12 months.

Though she’s reluctant to offer us an actual timeline, Rowland tells Billboard that 2019 is certainly the 12 months. “This 12 months! I stated that final 12 months. But I really, actually imply it this 12 months,” she jokes.

Rowland is aware of her followers have been stressed, and thanks them for his or her endurance, noting that she’s been busy refining her new materials with the hopes of creating this one of the best mission that it may be.

“This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled course of ever, solely as a result of I do know what it’s speculated to be and I've been so exhausting on myself. I do know it. And it’s the primary time I’ve stated it out loud. I’ve been extraordinarily exhausting on myself. But it’s undoubtedly coming, and I’m extra so enthusiastic about this mission than anything,” Rowland reveals.

And for her fifth studio album, Rowland is taking it again a number of a long time. While the roots of her new mission are R&B, she says that these days she’s been fully impressed by hip-hop from the '90s. “That period feels good. And I’ve been impressed by Marvin Gaye. He’s like my secret crush. I’ve completely been in that '90s headspace,” she says of the combo of old- and new-school sounds.

Rowland, who celebrated the launch of her first-ever capsule collection for Fabletics by internet hosting an intimate exercise class in Los Angeles on Tuesday, says the theme of her new attire and music go hand in hand.

“The line was impressed by dance, all my years of dancing and motion, and being empowered, feeling unbelievable in my pores and skin, and wanting ladies to really feel the identical,” she says.

Rowland’s Fabletics line is all encompassing, starting from sizes XXS to 3X, and invitations ladies to have a good time feeling fantastic of their pores and skin, curves and all. “I’ve at all times been impressed by ladies, and with this assortment, I actually needed that to be mirrored -- it doesn't matter what background, form, dimension, colour you might be. Every lady is simply made so superbly in their very own ray of sunshine, and I simply needed them to have the ability to slip this on and really feel superb and really feel already extra superb than what you already are,” she says.

Embracing your physique is a lesson Rowland says she herself has needed to be taught through the years. And it’s undoubtedly a theme that’s knowledgeable her music. “Obviously, once you consider a tune like ‘Bootylicious’ that Destiny’s Child had, that theme is obvious,” says Rowland, who reveals that she’ll even have a brand new tune on her forthcoming album that tackles the notion of studying to like and embrace your physique. “There’s a tune that I did within the studio that I like a lot that talks about that. I’m not going to get into it, however it’s actually cool. It’s going to be on the report, probably. I’ve recorded so many rattling songs,” she says with amusing.

According to Rowland, the wrestle for self-acceptance is a notion that each one ladies can relate to. “I feel it at all times exhibits itself, as a result of ladies undergo that. I feel individuals undergo that usually, however ladies undergo that extra so than something. We are generally very exhausting on ourselves. And I feel it’s vital we empower one another,” Rowland explains.

In current months, rumors have been swirling a couple of potential Rowland/Beyoncé musical collaboration, however Rowland tells Billboard that her current sightings with Queen Bey don't have anything to do with music. “It’s so humorous. I suppose each time individuals see us collectively, they only see music however I simply see sisterhood, and that’s what we're and that’s what me, her, Michelle Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all collectively, they instantly assume music. I’m like, no. Just household,” Rowland says.

While there isn't any discuss of a Destiny’s Child reunion taking place anytime quickly -- although Rowland doesn’t squash all hope, saying, “We’ll see what occurs” -- the artist would like to work with Solange once more. “I’m a large fan. I like her writing and the way detailed and specific she is. I at all times needed to determine how on earth she has so many alternative layers of harmonies when she is developing these vocals, and it’s so advanced however easy. It’s genius. It’s the genius in her genius thoughts that she has in there,” she says.

As far as collaborations on the brand new report, Rowland is staying mum. She did, nevertheless, reveal that she has some in thoughts and is ready to let the music reveal who is meant to be on the songs. “I watch for it to say who that's, and that hasn’t been uncovered but -- effectively, for one tune it has, however I’m not saying something,” she says with a smile.