CD REVIEW: Kelly Rowland - Here I Am (Universal)

Once part of the super girl group Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland has steadily been climbing the ladder of success as an solo star. Her latest offering, Here I Am, her third attempt at global domination. The five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter/actress/dancer and X Factor judge turns up the heat with this diverse collection of powerhouse pop hits, club-ready anthems, and sexy, smooth R&B-dosed jams. Right now, the CD's current chart-topping single "Motivation"[Featuring Lil Wayne] is lighting up airwaves everywhere, holding the #1 spot at Urban Radio for seven weeks strong without showing any signs of slowing down. It's Kelly's first #1 single as a solo artist, and it establishes a rock solid-foundation for her third solo album. The song's sizzling video is nearing 25 million views on YouTube/VEVO, motivating listeners everywhere to get down with Kelly. Hot off the single's success, Here I Am drops, and it features collaborations with a myriad of A-list talent. She hit the studio with Ne-Yo for the rapturous ballad "Heaven and Earth" and David Guetta on the uplifting dance-floor sensation, “Commander". Kelly continues her tradition of explosive collaborations with Guetta with whom she made 2009's worldwide smash "When Love Takes Over". That first collaboration landed in the Top 10 in 20 countries and was #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club songs chart in the U.S. and #1 on the Billboard European Hot 100 Singles chart. The press continues to laud "Motivation" as well. CNN called her a "true diva" and says, "Kelly owns the stage with 'Motivation'. Billboard states "Motivation" thus far marks the singer/songwriter's biggest hit since being featured on Nelly's 2002 single "Dilemma." She's going to shine the most once Here I Am hits.