Kelly Rowland’s ‘Here I Am’ album has been a commercial disaster across the board and has yet to sell pass the 200K sales mark in the US since being released in July. However, either as a result of extreme optimism or stubborn denial, the singer has expressed to JET magazine that she considers the record to be a success.
Clearly proud of the lone Grammy Award nomination that she received for her Urban hit ‘Motivation (Ft. Lil Wayne)’, Rowland rejected any idea that her ‘Here I Am’ project was a flop. When asked about the sales of ‘Here I Am’ and what she hopes to achieve with its followup, Rowland shared the following statement:
“I was very happy with the album, period. It was a long time coming and I’m proud that Motivation was nominated for a Grammy; it’s been a really great year,” she says after a brief pause. Her tone holds a mixture of slight annoyance, understandable frustration and reasonable divatude.
“I can do whatever I want,” she declares. “I don’t allow anyone to put me in a box. Honestly, if I want to try something, that’s what I’m going to do.”
As the year wraps up, Rowland has one New Year’s resolution. “I want an album in the Top 5,” she shares. She’s scheming, plotting and gunning for No. 1.
As is the case with addicts – clearly Rowland is hooked on sleeping because these delusions and dreams could only have occurred during a state of unconsciousness or at least I would hope that was the case – the first step in involved in resolving a problem is admitting that one exists. ‘Here I Am’ bombed; it was grossly mishandled and failed to have a major impact in any part of the world.
Regardless of the fact that ‘Motivation’ was the second most successful R&B song of the year, the ‘Here I Am’ album failed to perform in a similar manner. How could any artist in her right mind consider a record that sold less than 200K copies in her native country and less than 20K in the her most successful territory – in Rowland’s case, it’s the UK – to have done well? One Grammy nomination does not erase these dismal sales figures of ‘Here I Am’, despite the fact the numbers are so small that they might be easy for some to overlook.
Yet, Rowland seems to be focused on making her next album hit. Perhaps the radio exposure that she received on radio this year from ‘Motivation’ and ‘Lay it on Me (Ft. Big Sean)’ will allow her to make a bigger impact in 2012. Also, if the mounting speculation that she will join ‘The X Factor (US)’ proves to be accurate, then there might be hope for her after all.
See more images from her JET photoshoot below: