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<p>Kelly Rowland from the cover of her album &quot;Talk a Good Game&quot;</p>

Kelly Rowland from the cover of her album "Talk a Good Game"

Listen to Kelly Rowland's intensely personal 'Dirty Laundry'

Singer reveals abusive relationship and 'bittersweet' feelings toward Beyonce

Kelly Rowland is releasing a new solo effort, and "Dirty Laundry" is airing a lot of source material. The former Destiny's Child singer makes two revelations in this new track: one is her feelings on the success of Beyonce as she, comparitively, lived "in her shadow." The other is that she was physically abused by an ex-lover.

To the former, she sings, backed by a melancholy piano: "While my sister was on stage, killin’ it like a motherf*cker / I was enraged, feeling it like a motherfucker / Bird in a cage, you would never know what I was dealing with / Went out separate ways, but I was happy she was killin' it... Bittersweet, she was up, I was down."

Beyonce makes another flashback cameo, as Rowland was surviving post-"Survivor," as a survivor of abuse.

"Started to call them people on him / I was battered / He hittin the window like it was me, until it shattered / He pulled me out, he said, “Don’t nobody love you but me / Not your mama, not your daddy and especially not Bey,” she continues. The ending of this particular verse hurts my heart. "He turned me against my sister / I missed ya."

Hell if I and many other critics haven't lobbed jokes about how Kelly or Michelle would never make it bigger than Beyonce. Rowland -- who's always had a sharp voice and knows how to tell a story -- hasn't had the chance for a superstar trek since Destiny's Child days. Her song here, though, isn't about to turn that negativity into more negativity, but into something positive by cleaning up her own feelings on the matter.

Saying that she was conflicted and angry during a time of DC post-breakup blues is actually very self-award and gutsy. But disclosure that she'd gone through a dark and misguided period through abuse is no easy feat either, even on a simple confession produced by The-Dream. R&B singers' bread and butter is emotional climaxes of relationships, from the chase, the bedding, the wedding or the breakup (and of course all tensions in-between). While many scorned lovers' songs make enemies of their exes or insinuate their own indiscretions, there are extreme few that outline actual terror of physical, emotional or sexual abuse in the legal sense. Rowland's dirty laundry here isn't only that she was abused in secret, but that those abuses led to her hurting others. It's a meta-narrative on an R&B trope and the record-making industry, and a sensationally true story, which makes it totally fascinating as a piece of art.

And entertainment. Rowland's voice her is top-notch, don't you think?

Rowland's album "Talk a Good Game" is due on June 18.

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"The Millers"

 "The Millers"

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Watch Will Arnett in CBS' first trailer for 'The Millers'

The new fall comedy tackles intergenerational divorce

Divorce can be funny! At least, that's the angle "The Millers" takes. Will Arnett plays Nathan Miller, a recently divorced new reporter who finds his parents' marital problems are now his to solve. 

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"We Are Men"

 "We Are Men"

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See Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell in first trailer for CBS' 'We Are Men'

Four guys, one short-term apartment complex, and bonding

You know what's like a dorm for old guys? A short-term apartment complex full of recently divorced men! Isn't that fun. "We Are Men" is about four newly-single guys who live in the same complex and find camaraderie as they look for love. And pick up chicks in bars. It's heartwarming! And not sad or depressing at all. Unless there are some scenes like that.  

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Watch 'Lost' star Josh Holloway in this first trailer from 'Intelligence'

Holloway plays a super-powered high tech intelligence operative

Have you ever wished you had a super duper microchip in your head that gave you access to, like, all information ever? You'd never lose your keys! Josh Holloway ("Lost") plays a guy who has that microchip, but he has to do spy stuff. Darn it. We know he's a very serious smart guy, because Holloway cut off that long, luxurious blond hair he had on "Lost." 

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Watch Anna Faris in the first trailer from CBS' 'Mom'

Allison Janney plays Faris' recovering alcoholic mom

It's a feel good comedy from Chuck Lorre! And after all the "Two and A Half Men" drama, he probably needs a feel good comedy. While Lorre may not be a selling point for everyone, the stars of this show might be: Anna Faris and Allison Janney. 

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"The Crazy Ones"

 "The Crazy Ones"

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Watch Robin Williams in the first trailer from CBS' 'The Crazy Ones'

Mork and Buffy are father and daughter in the ad world

I've always had a soft spot for Mork, but Robin Williams can be a small doses kind of personality. The good news is that in CBS' new sitcom "The Crazy Ones," he has the acerbic sensibility of Sarah Michelle Gellar to keep him in line. The two play a father-daughter team in the world of advertising. 

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Watch CBS' new show fall previews

Watch CBS' new show fall previews

Check out "The Crazy Ones" with Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Mom" starring Anna Faris, "Intelligence" with Josh Holloway and Marg Helgenberger, "Hostages" with Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette, "We Are Men" with Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn and Jerry O'Connell, and Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges in "The Millers."

Shakira: I'm leaving "The Voice"
Her spot will go back to Christina Aguilera.

Jennifer Lopez won't rule out returning to "Idol"
"I don't know," she said when asked. "That's the question of the moment."

Is Nick Cannon resurrecting "Soul Train"?
The "America's Got Talent" host is reportedly close to acquiring the rights to the "Soul Train" franchise.

Robin Williams: TV has changed a lot in the 30 years since "Mork and Mindy"

"It's been a long time since I've been on TV, 30 years, when there were much simpler upfronts — and a mound of coke," Williams said at CBS' Upfronts.

PBS: Diddy isn't joining "Downton Abbey"
On Twitter this afternoon, Diddy was "so happy to announce" he's joining "Downton." But it's not true.

Jimmy Fallon tweets out his pale prom photo
"My date went tanning the night before," Fallon tweeted. "I did not. I looked like Powder."

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Watch Toni Collette in the first trailer from CBS' 'Hostages'

The 'high suspense drama' promises a political storyline

I would have thought being held hostage would be boring. Insanely stressful, but mostly sitting around and watching some bad guy pace and freak out while you hope that the phone rings. Apparently, I was wrong. "Hostages," which will be airing on CBS Mondays this fall at 10:00 p.m., promises that it is a "high octane suspense drama." So, no boredom. Or at least they don't film the boring part. 

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David Letterman makes a shocking appearance at CBS Upfronts -- his 1st in 15 years

David Letterman makes a shocking appearance at CBS Upfronts -- his 1st in 15 years

Dave gave Les Moonves a long hug, as Moonves quipped about the new late-night dynamic. "I'm honored to be here for your pledge drive," said Letterman.

"HIMYM" cast sings "One Year More" at CBS Upfronts

Lyrics include this line: "No one knew our names, no one gave a lick, except for Doogie and that band camp chick."

Report: Nicki Minaj quitting "Idol"

Her departure, as reported by Us Weekly, makes its seem all the more likely that all four judges are going to exit after this season. PLUS: 10 ways to improve "Idol."

Christian pastors are using "Scandal" to teach lessons in church
Olivia Pope & Co. offer valuable lessons, as some preachers have learned. One pastor delivered three consecutive sermons with the following titles: "I've Been Hucked," "Every Scandal Has a Harrison," and "The Olivia Pope Syndrome." PLUS: "Scandal" meets "The View," and what if this week was a "Scandal" episode?

Coming soon: "Big Bang"-meets-"Star Trek" merchandise
A deal has been struck to sell "Big Bang"/"Star Trek" T-shirts as well as "Big Bang"/DC Comics characters merchandise.

Notorious "Kitchen Nightmares" restaurant claims its social media were hacked

Amy's Baking Company, which Gordon Ramsay walked out on last week, claims it is working with the FBI to find the alleged hackers -- "We did not post those horrible things." (Watch the original episode)

"True Blood" unveils its Season 6 poster
"No One Lives Forever."

Louisiana is in the midst of a "reality TV boom"

The success of "Swamp People" and "Duck Dynasty" has prompted some to dub Louisiana "Hollywood South."

The last time CBS tried 4 comedies on a Thursday was during the Eisenhower administration
The No. 1 network is mostly playing it safe next fall, but is taking a big chance with its new Thursday two-hour comedy block.

"Arrow" ending the season with an "insane" finale
There's just so much going on!" says Willa Holland.

"The Mindy Project" ends the season with all the kinds worked out

Would the inconsistency of this season have worked better on "The Office"?

Why "Star Trek" needs to return as a basic cable series

Even the failed "Enterprise" got more viewers than "Mad Men." PLUS: One writer goes on a marathon viewing of every "Trek" episode and movie.

"SNL's" Bill Hader: An appreciation
Hader, says Tess Lynch, "has a Don Draper quality: He makes the unnerving into something aspirational. There’s a certain amount of intelligence required to take on satire, but some element of his performances always made him seem like the brainiest cast member."

"New Girl" creator: I don't know what "adorkable" means

"I think over the course of the season we definitely know what the show is, and I don’t think the show is adorkable," says Liz Meriwether. "I don't really know what that word means and I never have, but I don’t think that’s what we’re doing, but I don't have any ill will about it." PLUS: Meriwether is the anti-Lena Dunham.

Conan creates a fake morning show: "Wake Up and Back Up"

Filmed entirely on the backup camera of a Toyota Sienna.

Is Andy Samberg trying to be the NYPD's "Hipster Cop"?

His "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" character bares some resemblance to the "hipster cop" who patrolled the Occupy protests.

Ricky Gervais: I vowed not to do "The Office" again, but David Brent is allowed to make a comeback
What he's doing with David Brent these days, says Gervais, is not "The Office."

Ellie Kemper asks: "Can Men Be Funny?"
"The Office" star does a scientific investigation for GQ's comedy issue.

"24" trying to reunite all the original writers, plus some past CTU members
Will Chloe return? PLUS: Why Jack Bauer should stay retired.

"Supernatural" has found a way to stay fresh in Season 8
But this season, which ends tonight, hasn't always been perfect.

"Hannibal" boss: We never battled NBC over the amount of gore to show

The Peacock knew what it was getting into, says Bryan Fuller, who describes his series as "elegant horror."

Jennifer Love Hewitt: "I had to have smaller boobs" on "Client List" billboards
She tells Conan that at one billboard location, complaints resulted in her billboard breasts being reduced and covered up.

New website allows you to track recurring "Arrested Development" jokes

Recurring Developments is "an interactive visualization of running jokes in Arrested Development." PLUS: Mitch Hurwitz: Watch Season 4 in order.

Watch "The Simpsons" couch gag created by the "Robot Chicken" team
Fox posted videos of the "Robot Chicken" crew putting together their couch gag.

Seth Meyers: "I don't think I'll start from Jimmy’s template"
Meyers says he'll take a "clean slate" approach to "Late Night."

Why are "Nashville" scenes so short?

Rather than let storylines play out, the ABC drama fills the screen with tiny moments.

"Dawson's Creek" ended 10 years ago this week
Does the WB finale still hold up?

Mike Rowe narrates a boring family home movie for a fan

Watch the "Dirty Jobs" star use his booming voice on his new series "Mike Rowe My Life."

Daenerys Targaryen is the most popular "Game of Thrones" character on Twitter

The least popular: Joffrey Baratheon.

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<p>Riddick's back and ready to kick more monster butt this September.</p>

Riddick's back and ready to kick more monster butt this September.

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First 'Riddick' trailer promises great new monsters and vintage Vin Diesel

David Twohy's latest looks lean and mean

"Pitch Black" was considered a problem by USA Films.

At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people have forgotten that USA Films even existed, but for a brief period of time, they were a major up-and-comer, an indie with eyes on the mainstream, and they probably reached the pinnacle of their visibility and acclaim when they made "Traffic." They couldn't sustain their momentum, though, and eventually, they had to close their doors.

My most noteworthy interaction with them came when I was still at Ain't It Cool News. Harry Knowles was in LA one week, and USA Films told us that they had a small film they didn't know what to do with, and they asked if we would want to take a look at it. We drove over to their screening room (which is now the Clarity Screening Room, probably the best place in LA to see a 3D print) and they showed us "Pitch Black," which we both loved. We ended up inviting the film to play at the first Butt-Numb-A-Thon in the middle of the night. They ended up sending us both the film and, despite the start time of 2:30 AM, Vin Diesel himself, and it turned into one of the first big highlights of that festival.

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<p>Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us' holds at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Where does Mariah Carey's '#Beautiful' #debut?

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ second single, “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, spends its second week atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Pink’s former No. 1, “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess, holds at No. 2., Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” rises 5-3, while Bruno Mars’ former No. 1, “When I Was Your Man,” also move up, 5-4.  “Man” flips places with Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, which slips 4-5, according to Billboard.

Rounding out the bottom half, Selena Gomez scores her first Top 10 as “Come & Get It” soars 14-6. It marks her 11th song on the Hot 100.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ former chart topper, “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, falls 6-7,  Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” stays at No. 8, Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, slides 7-9, while Florida Georgia Line’s former country hit, “Cruise,” dips 9-10.

The top debut on the Hot 100 belongs to Mariah Carey’s “#Beautiful,” featuring Miguel, which starts its chart run at No. 24.

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'The Simpsons' enlists Kristen Wiig

"The Simpsons" enlists Kristen Wiig
She'll play an FBI agent in the "Homerland" episode.

CBS boss confirms "HIMYM's" entire 9th season will span 1 weekend
The entire wedding weekend.

See pics of CBS' new fall shows

From Anna Faris in "Mom" to Robin Williams in "The Crazy Ones."

ACLU campaigning to get "Modern Family" wedding between Cam & Mitchell

ACLU's executive director says: "The ACLU has been working since 1936 to guarantee the rights of lesbian and gay people, and we see sending Cam and Mitch down the aisle before 13 million American viewers as the perfect next step."

Why "Mike & Molly" is moving to midseason
CBS wanted to have fewer repeats.

Frozen banana supplier had no idea he was involved in "Arrested Development" promotion
Chuck Pheterson, who started Totally Bananas in 2009 without ever watching an "Arrested" episode, only learned yesterday of his company's involvement in the Netflix stunt. "We knew it was Netflix, but we didn’t really know what this was all about," he says.

"Game of Thrones" writers to tackle "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Rob McElhenney says he's recruited D.B. Weiss and David Benioff to pen an episode for next season.

It's an "Ed" reunion
Julie Bowen last night reunited with Tom Cavanagh and Michael Ian Black.

Fred Armisen tries on Google Glass after mocking it on "SNL"
How does the real thing compare to the fake version?

Pharrell Williams joining Rhianna's Style Network reality show

He'll serve as a mentor on "Styled to Rock."

"SYTYCD" Season 10 down from last season
About 5 million watched, which was up from last year's season finale but down 14% from last year's season premiere.

Jimmy Fallon gets Matt Lauer to recite the lyrics to John Mayer's "Your Body is a Wonderland"
The "Today" host was part of Fallon's game show "Wheel of Carpet Samples."

Martha Stewart accidentally calls Jay Leno "Dave"
"Did I say Dave?"

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