Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like this, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including J. Cole’s new album and Neil Gaiman’s latest — after the jump!
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Kelly Rowland — one-third of Destiny’s Child and Beyonce’s BFF — recently came out with her solo single “Dirty Laundry,” which is about the intense competitiveness that comes with being famous. In her case, that meant competing with Beyonce her whole life, both when they were in a group together and after Bey went solo. The song also delves into Rowland’s experience with a destructive and abusive relationship. “Dirty Laundry” is gorgeous and heartbreaking — so much so that Rowland herself broke down on stage while singing it at her concert in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Watch above. [via The Gloss]
Pause your Spotify and listen to Kelly Rowland’s new song “Dirty Laundry” (after the jump) — not only is it intense, but it’s really good. She sings about how hard it was for her to watch her “sister” Beyoncé get A+++-list famous while Kelly was “going through some bullshit,” mostly, it seems, an abusive relationship: ”Meanwhile this ni**a puttin’ his hands on me, swear y’all don’t know the half of this industry. She sings about lying to her mother and her friends about the abusive relationship, classically being isolated from help. “Kinda lucky I was in her shadow / phone call from my sister, what’s the matter / she said ‘oh no, you gotta leave’ / I’m on the kitchen floor, he took the keys / I was mad at everybody, I mean everybody, her her her her everybody,” she sings, adding that it took five years to finally get her life together. “I was trapped in his house … I was battered / He hit the window like it was me, until it shattered,” she sings. “He told me nobody love you but me, not your mama, not your daddy, and especially not B. He turned me against my sister, I missed you.” Keep reading »
As we might have mentioned, the 2013 Grammys were a special affair. Not just because of the return of Justin Timberlake and a special appearance by Prince and his pimp cane, but because prior to the broadcast, CBS sent out a memo outlining a very special dress code. The dress code attempted to quell the tide of nipples, underboobage and exposed buttocks, but did anybody actually pay attention? Not really. Keep reading »
The 2013 Grammys were a weird affair, no? “Hosted” by LL Cool J, who was barely seen, and featuring way more musical performances than actual awards, the Grammys are a bizarre fete. Nobody really thinks they’re that on the ball or relevant, but still, we watch. This year, theere was fashion drama, as the Grammys sent out a dress code beforehand to make sure that nobody showed too much boob or butt during the broadcast. I can safely say there was no major nipple action, but after three and a half hours, I was glad it was over, if only so I could stop making that throw up noise every time fun. was on the screen.
Let’s look at some clothes, okay?
I can’t help but feel like things are just a little more right with the world when Beyonce finds time to hang with her Destiny’s Child sisters Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. If you listen closely, I’m pretty sure you can hear the sound of babies laughing, birds chirping, and, oh yeah, the cha-ching! of more money entering Queen Bey’s bank account. See one more shot of Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle — with Bey’s mom Tina and a random friend (or cousin?) — after the jump! Keep reading »