Kelly Rowland joins Jupiters’ Celebrations
F ORMER Destiny’s Child star turned solo charttopper and British X Factor judge Kelly Rowland will add the glitz to Jupiters Hotel & Casino’s twoweek entertainment extravaganza in April.
Rowland, who heads to Australia as one of the stars of the Supafest urban music tour, has been lured to the Coast for a special show marking the reopening of Jupiters Theatre after a $20 million refurbishment.
Born Kelendria Trene ‘‘Kelly’’ Rowland, she has sold more than 40 million albums and 20 million singles with the group she founded with childhood friend Beyonce Knowles and more than four million solo albums and 18 million solo/featured singles.
She enjoyed her first solo No. 1 hit when she and rapper Nelly topped the charts with the track Dilemma. However, it was her second No.1, 2009’s When Love
Takes Over, with French DJ David Guetta, that catapulted Rowland’s star power to a whole new level. Guetta and Rowland collaborated on another hit,
Commander, which topped dance charts around the world in 2010.
While her most recent single Motivation, a sexy ballad with Lil Wayne released late last year, reached No. 1 on the R’n’b/hip hop charts, Rowland says it was an ‘‘unexpected blessing’’.
‘‘It’s a blessing . . . because everything is so tempodriven on the radio. And I remember being slightly nervous . . . I just got over it real quick because I just (had) such great confidence in the record.’’
Rowland is happy audiences have embraced seductive aspects of her personality in the song, which chronicles a lover’s request for deep intimacy.
Rowland suspects Motivation motivated plenty of people – and fans – to vigorously pursue amour.
‘‘Somebody came up to me and said, ‘How many babies do you think were made off of Motivation?’. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t even think about it like that!’,’’ she says.
Rowland and Rico Love, who wrote Motivation, are reportedly working on her fourth solo album, due for release towards the end of the year.
Chris Brown, Missy Elliot, Big Sean, Naughty By Nature, P. Diddy, Ice Cube, Kelly Rowland, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco and more play Supafest, at the RNA Showgrounds, in Brisbane, on April 14. Kelly Rowland plays Jupiters Theatre on April 20. Tickets start at $89, on sale from 9am Monday via Ticketmaster.