Kelly Rowland vs. Beyonce – R&B Sound Off
Tamar Braxton‘s ‘The One’ stays on top after beating Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ in last week’s R&B Sound Off. Braxton received 74.12 percent of the vote while Hudson only walked away with 25.88 percent. This week’s fourth win means that Braxton has officially become the next inductee into the R&B Sound Off Hall of Fame.
This week, we’re kicking off the Sound Off with a clean slate and some R&B powerhouses — Kelly Rowland and Beyonce. While we don’t want to cause any beef between these two, we thought we’d let the fans decide which Destiny’s Child members released the better track.
Rowland’s ‘Gone’ is the latest track off her upcoming album, ‘Talk a Good Game,’ out on June 18. Featuring Wiz Khalifa, she sings about leaving the man who doesn’t appreciate her. ‘Gone’ features a sample of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi, which also made an appearance on Janet Jackson‘s 1997 track, ‘Got ’til It’s Gone.’
“I cleaned the closets so I’m out of your way / You can have your space / Well, I thought I should write a letter but I thought this would be better / There’s a million ways that I could tell ya / But I would rather show ya / It’s over and I won’t be back no more,” she delivers.
Meanwhile, Beyonce gets inspirational on ‘Rise Up.’ Off the ‘Epic’ soundtrack, Bey belts out empowering lyrics about fighting for what one believes in on the Sia-penned song. Not only does she kill it on the vocals (as usual), she also made a family-friendly song that she can sing to her Blue Ivy.
“Rise up, rise up, little man / Don’t be scared / I’m holding your hand / Rise up, rise up, little woman / Don’t be afraid to risk it all / You can’t help but feel like you, too, can conquer the world,” she sings.
Will Rowland’s head-bopping breakup song win this week’s Sound Off? Or Bey’s acoustic-based, uplifting track triumph? Vote for your favorite song in the poll below. Remember you can vote once per hour until the poll closes on Tues., June 18, at 10AM ET.
Listen to Kelly Rowland’s ‘Gone’ Feat. Wiz Khalifa
Listen to Beyonce’s ‘Rise Up’
Rules of R&B Sound Off
Two R&B artists sound off against each other each week. The triumphant artist goes on to compete in the next R&B Sound Off. If an artist wins four straight R&B Sound Offs, the song will be honored as immortal in TheDrop.fm R&B Sound Off Hall of Fame.