Kelly Row­land joins Jupiters’ Cel­e­bra­tions

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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