Erykah Badu

May
1
Video: Janelle Monáe f/ Erykah Badu – ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’

Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe jams with her best friend Erykah Badu in the funky fresh video for “Q.U.E.E.N.,” directed by Alan Ferguson. The rebellious ladies bring their collaboration to life in a living museum exhibit known as “Project Q.U.E.E.N.”

Janelle trades her tuxedo for a black-and-white dress, Givenchy heels, and tights, while her accomplice Badoula Oblongata walks a poodle and models avant-garde looks.

“I just love her. We call each other twins. I talk to her on the phone at least three or four times a week,” Janelle said of her BFF. “It was really inspired by our private conversation, dialogue that she and I have and continue to have. … She’s a strong woman, she’s an electric lady, she’s somebody that I look up to.”

The female anthem will appear on Janelle’s upcoming album The Electric Lady, due this summer.

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Apr
30
Video: Janelle Monáe f/ Erykah Badu – ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ [Teaser]

Janelle Monáe

Lights, camera, action! Janelle Monáe suits up and steps into the spotlight in the teaser for her “Q.U.E.E.N.” video featuring Erykah Badu. The Wondaland Arts Society founder dons her signature black-and-white tux and bow tie while getting last-minute touch-ups from her glam squad.

The video will premiere Wednesday on BET’s “106 & Park,” and the funky jam can be found on Janelle’s upcoming album The Electric Lady.

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Apr
22
New Music: Janelle Monáe f/ Erykah Badu – ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’

Q.U.E.E.N.

Ladies stand up. Janelle Monáe jams with Erykah Badu on the funky female anthem “Q.U.E.E.N.,” the first release from her upcoming album The Electric Lady.

The song comes with instructions from Janelle. “Q.U.E.E.N. was inspired by private discussions between Erykah and me. It is meant to make you JAM. DANCE. FUNK OUT. and dialogue later…” she tweeted.

The Electric Lady marks the follow-up to Janelle’s 2010 critically-acclaimed album The ArchAndroid.

Bow down to the “Q.U.E.E.N.”

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Apr
12
Janelle Monáe Holds Court with Erykah Badu on ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’

Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe has a royal treat for her fans. The singer has teamed up with Erykah Badu on “Q.U.E.E.N.,” the first release from her upcoming album The Electric Lady.

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Feb
12
Brandy, Alicia Keys, & Erykah Badu Perform at BET Honors

Brandy

BET celebrated icons in the fields of music, literature, entertainment, media, and education at BET Honors, which aired during Black History Month.

Taped last month in Washington, D.C., the 6th annual event honored Oscar winner Halle Berry, the legendary Chaka Khan, music executive and entrepreneur Clarence Avant, spiritual educator T.D. Jakes, and Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie, with musical tributes from Brandy, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, and more.

A barefoot Brandy staged the first televised performance of her new single “Without You” with dancer Anthony Burrell. Alicia Keys honored Halle Berry with “Brand New Me,” while Erykah Badu and Ledisi paid homage to Chaka Khan. Plus, Mint Condition serenaded Clarence Avant with their hits “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” and “Slo Woman.”

Check out some of the highlights below.

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Jan
13
Alicia Keys, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, & Erykah Badu Salute Icons at BET Honors

Halle Berry and Alicia Keys

The ladies of music and Hollywood represented at the 6th annual BET Honors at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Brandy, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, and more were on hand to perform musical tributes to icons in the fields of music, literature, entertainment, media, and education.

This year’s honorees included Oscar winner Halle Berry, the legendary Chaka Khan, music executive and entrepreneur Clarence Avant, spiritual educator T.D. Jakes, and Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie.

Alicia Keys ignited the stage with a red-hot performance of “Brand New Me,” while the newly-engaged Brandy performed “Without You” off her album Two Eleven. Kelly Rowland presented the award to Chaka Khan, and Ledisi saluted the 10-time Grammy winner with a soulful set.

BET Honors 2013 will air during Black History Month on February 11.

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Aug
16
New Music: Flying Lotus f/ Erykah Badu – ‘See Thru to U’

Erykah Badu takes flight with Flying Lotus on “See Thru to U,” the first single off his album Until the Quiet Comes, due October 2. The neo-soul songstress adds her soothing vocals to the jazzy track, which FlyLo describes as “a collage of mystical states, dreams, sleep, and lullabies.”

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