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Thursday 18 September 2014

Rowland: It's all me, me, me now

Kelly Rowland says it's nice to put herself first for a change

Kelly Rowland has confessed she struggled to think as a solo artist when she first left Destiny's Child.

The 27-year-old singer's debut solo album did not make a big impact on the charts, but her hit Grammy-award-winning collaboration with French DJ David Guetta last year set her on the right path, and they have teamed up again for new single Commander

Kelly revealed: "In Destiny's Child we were a team, we thought as a team, sang as a team, and that's what made it so great."

She went on: "Now that I'm by myself I feel empowered, sure of myself and happy with the space I'm in.

"I put myself under a lot of pressure, and for a while I was just in panic mode, feeling like I wasn't in control of anything - which I hated, because I learned that I'm a control freak.

"I finally realised I wanted more for me. There's nothing wrong with that. I had been thinking as a team for so long that I carried it over to my solo career, but with all due respect, as much as I love my sisters, I should have been thinking about me more, rather than the, 'We, we we we'."

But while Kelly has discovered dance music she promises her third album will still reflect her roots.

She said: "I can't forget about my urban roots. I remember some fans were asking me 'I know you love dance, but please don't forget about RnB. We love your RnB records,' and I was like 'I cannot forget about RnB'"

:: Commander by Kelly Rowland feat. David Guetta is released on June 28.

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