R&B stars Kelly Rowland and Joss Stone‘s first-week sales projections for their new albums, Here I Am and LP1, have been revealed.
Based on one-day estimates, both artists are slated to debut on the sales chart next week.
Universal Republic former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland’s Here I Am, the follow-up to 2007’s Ms. Kelly, is looking at first-week sales in the 70-75k range. Stone’d/Surfdog U.K. soul stirrer Joss Stone’s fifth album, LP1, her first since splitting EMI Music, should do between 25-28k. (HITS Daily Double)
This week, Rowland talked about collaborating with Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne for their “Motivation” record.
“He’s just an artist that loves music,” said Rowland of Weezy, whom she has not had the chance to work with since he collaborated on Destiny’s Child’s “Soldier” in 2004. “You can tell that just by how genius he is on his records. When I loved this record [“Motivation”], I was hoping he would love the record. And you can tell that it vibed with him or it connected with him in some sort of way for him to do what he did on this record because when I got it back — I literally was at a loss for words.” (Billboard)
Recently, rap star 50 Cent labeled Rowland one of music’s most underrated artists.
“I’m so happy Kelly got that hit record,” 50 responded. “She’s due; she’s so due. She’s the most underrated female soloist in the game, and it’s finally time for he…There wasn’t no dance moves Beyonce was doin’ [in Destiny’s Child] that Kelly wasn’t doin’. It’s just the right song. You got the song, now you can forget about it. It’s going. They all did the same moves.” (MTV)
Rowland’s new Lil Wayne-featured track debuted online last March.
Kelly Rowland links with Lil Wayne on “Motivation,” the Jim Jonsin and Rico Love-produced single from her oft-delayed third solo album. Over a sexy, synth-saturated beat, the former Destiny’s Child diva commands her beau to put his hands all over her. “Go longer, you can last more rounds/ Much harder, you’re almost there now/ So go lover, make mama proud,” coos Kelly, throwing it to her labelmate Weezy, who raps about getting a taste of some sugar. (Rap-Up)
Check out Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” music video down below: