2011 seems set to be Miss Kelly's year. Her new single "Motivation" tops the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart for the third week in a row and is the #13th most played song in America at this very moment - all this without having being sent to Pop/Mainstream radio. With the song continuing to increase at both Urban, Rhythmic and Pop radio (a fan page recently confirmed it will FINALLY be sent out to Pop radio stations) it seems guaranteed to continue to blow up into one of this year's biggest hits.
Building on all this radio support and her new-found exposure as judge on UK X-Factor (which is rumored to guarantee her a promo slot on the show's US offshoot too), Kelly has brought back the release date for her third studio album "Here I Am" to July 26.
I am BEYOND excited and have no doubt that this will be one of, if not THE, best album of the year. Kelly has never disappointed me with the quality of her music before and she is unlikely to start now. Contributors to the project include Darkchild, RedOne, Dr. Luke, Rico Love, Tricky Stewart, Stargate, Salaam Remi, Jim Jonsin, Ester Dean, with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Rick Ross, Pitbull and Akon being semi-confirmed features (given how long Kelly has been working on the LP it is likely some previously confirmed and semi-confirmed tracks will not make the final cut).