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Kelly Rowland  HYPERLINK spoke with Rolling Stone about her upcoming album, Talk A Good Game, which includes a track called “Dirty Laundry,” plus addressed Trey Songz’s crush on her and Keyshia Cole insulting her Destiny’s Child band mate, Michelle Williams.

"Dirty Laundry" is an intriguing title. Are you naming names?

It’s the first time I’ve been so stripped away and naked. I had help with that, and that help was the-Dream. I was in the studio with Dream and he said, "I just want you to get deeper. The people want more. They want to be led into your life and know more about you." And I said, "Oh, God!" It’s really nervous, because you don’t know what people are going to say. In this moment, I really don’t care. [Laughs]

Did you give your exes or whomever a heads-up that they would be aired out?

You know what? No, I really don’t give a shit. [Laughs] It’s nothing like that. My mom would say, "The truth shall set you free," so no matter what truth that is, I think it’s important to be honest about it.

Who are you collaborating with on the new album?

I’m still putting everything together, but I called on some new talent from Canada, like T-Minus and Boi-1da, who I love being in the studio with. Kevin Cossum, who just pulls melody out of his ears, Rock City, who completely know how to ride a beat and a cadence that’s crazy, and Mike WiLL’s genius-osity – I’m gonna make up a word – where he just knows what the streets are talking about.

A few weeks ago, you wowed everyone at the Grammys in that Georges Chakra Couture dress. Trey Songz was drooling over you on the red carpet. I think he has a crush.

He’s like a brother to me. I just hung out with him last night. We were all at the same place and hooked up and had a ball.

You reunited with Destiny’s Child at the Super Bowl. Keyshia Cole received some blowback for criticizing Michelle Williams’ performance on Twitter. Do you have any thoughts on her comments?

It didn’t even make it on my radar until other people brought it up. It didn’t even matter. We had a wonderful performance, and that’s all I cared about. I was with my sisters and the three of us matter to each other, and that’s all that counts. We matter to a lot more people, with all due respect, than her. So, I really don’t care what she said.

You can’t hear me, but I am howling laughing at “We matter to a lot more people.”