Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-actress-dancer KELLY ROWLAND has scored a No. 1 hit with her scorching new single “Motivation,” featuring Lil Wayne, which has soared to the top of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, in addition to jumping to No. 21 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, plus climbing Billboard’s Ringtones chart (No. 4), its Radio Songs chart (No. 18), and its Digital Songs chart (No. 25). Produced by Jim Jonsin and written by Rico Love, “Motivation” is the lead single from ROWLAND’s upcoming third solo album, HERE I AM, to be released by Universal Motown in Fall 2011.
“Motivation” is the biggest hit single of ROWLAND’s solo catalog and her first No. 1 R&B/hip-hop hit outside of Destiny’s Child since “Dilemma,” her Grammy-winning 2002 duet with Nelly, which topped Billboard’s Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for 10 weeks and nine weeks, respectively. Directed by Sarah Chatfield, choreographed by Frank Gatson, and styled by Lysa Cooper, the seductive music video for “Motivation” has topped iTunes’ Top R&B/Soul Videos chart, ranked in the Top 10 of iTunes’ overall Top Music Videos Chart, and surpassed 14 million views on VEVO. “Motivation” is also No. 1 on the BDS and Mediabase Urban Published Charts, as well as the No. 1 Greatest Gainer on the Mediabase Urban Published Chart for its fourth consecutive week and the No. 2 Greatest Gainer on the BDS Urban Chart.
ROWLAND has been busy promoting “Motivation” with a slew of appearances and performances, including performing at the official Sugar Shane Mosley Celebrity Fight After-Party at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas on May 7 and appearing as a presenter at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 22. On June 15, she will appear on the BET Awards Nominations Special.
KELLY ROWLAND achieved global pop stardom as a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling groups of all time. She first stepped out on her own in 2002 with the release of her RIAA gold-certified solo debut album, Simply Deep, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2007, ROWLAND’s second solo album, Ms. Kelly, hit No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide. Scheduled to be released in Fall 2011, Rowland’s third solo album, HERE I AM, her first release for Universal Motown, features a host of A-list producers and songwriters, including Dr. Luke, Stargate, Salaam Remi, Ne-Yo, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, RedOne, Tricky Stewart, Esther Dean, Rodney Jerkins, and David Guetta, among others.