Kelly Rowland offers behind-the-scenes glimpse of 'Commander' video
Kelly Rowland flirts with the camera in front of her. With a black beaded, laced and jeweled form-fitting number that shimmers in the light, hair blowing in the artificial wind and picture perfect makeup, she looks every bit the pop diva as she mimes in front of the camera.
For some, it may be tough to picture Rowland outside of Destiny’s Child, the multi-platinum selling group that dominated the charts until it disbanded in 2006 and took on solo projects. In that time, Rowland released a second solo album and ventured in film, Michelle Williams released her third album and took on Broadway and Beyoncé Knowles solidified her position as a single-named force in pop music.
After 2007’s underperforming “Ms. Kelly,” Rowland ended her professional relationship with both manager Matthew Knowles and Columbia Records and is now prepping her Universal Motown debut.
On the heels of her Grammy Award-winning collaboration with David Guetta (the two released “When Love Takes Over”), Rowland teamed up with the producer for the first single, “Commander,” off her third solo album -- pegged for a September release.
As the single blares over the loudspeakers for her video shoot, she gets tips on her moves from choreographer Fatima Robinson before director Masashi Muto calls for another take.
In between takes, and a surprise visit from Williams, who was in town starring in “Chicago,” Rowland caught up with Pop & Hiss on the Hollywood set of the video.
“I feel like I’ve finally come into my own,” Rowland said of exploring her new sound. “With the sound of dance music getting embraced more, I’m very excited, seeing how fans have been responding to the music. Dance music is more of a European thing, but I’ve been looking on Twitter and seeing fans (in different parts of the country) talking about playing ‘Commander.’ ”
Rowland said the album will feature work with Guetta as well as Rico Love (who wrote the single), Stargate, Dr. Luke and Ne-Yo, among others.
The futuristic-inspired clip is set to debut in the coming weeks, a rep for Rowland said. In the meantime, check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes clip of the video shoot below.-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photos: Kelly Rowland on the set of her "Commander" video in Hollywood. She gets help from wardrobe between takes. Credit: Gerrick D. Kennedy / Los Angeles Times
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