Janelle Monáe

Apr
4
M.I.A. and Janelle Monáe Team Up for Hologram Duet

Janelle Monáe and M.I.A.

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg brought out a hologram of Tupac at Coachella in 2012, and M.I.A. and Janelle Monáe debuted their own holograms on Thursday as part of Audi’s A3 launch.

The British rapper and Wondaland singer performed solo concerts in different cities, teaming up at the end of their shows as life-sized 3D projections in what’s being called “the first hologram performance with integrated video mapping.”

Janelle rocked the stage at Quixote Studios in West Hollywood, while M.I.A. played to a packed crowd at New York’s SIR Stage 37.

During “Bad Girls,” a hologram Janelle spit a new verse alongside M.I.A., while Janelle performed “Q.U.E.E.N.” with a life-size hologram of M.I.A.

“The idea is that we teleport into each other’s show,” said M.I.A. “There’s a show and then it goes beyond the space where you’re performing and the city where you’re performing, so that’s what’s kind of interesting about it.”

Watch their hologram duet below.

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Mar
28
Single Cover: M.I.A. – ‘Double Bubble Trouble’

Double Bubble Trouble

In the midst of her ongoing battle with the NFL, M.I.A. has announced “Double Bubble Trouble” as the next single from her fourth album Matangi. The singer has revealed the edgy artwork and plans to shoot a video soon.

Following her performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, she will tour with A$AP Ferg this spring in addition to her own solo dates.

She has also teamed with Janelle Monáe on a new campaign for Audi’s A3. According to a tweet from the car manufacturer, the two have “something big planned on April 3rd.”

In the meantime, check out some photos of them on set of their mysterious shoot.

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Mar
27
Janelle Monáe Performs ‘What Is Love’ on ‘American Idol’

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe brought Brazilian Carnaval to “American Idol” during her dazzling performance on Thursday’s live results show. Following an introduction from the “Idol” judges, the 28-year-old singer had the audience on its feet with her funky single “What Is Love” off the soundtrack to the animated film Rio 2.

“Wow. we just performed @americanidol. Thank you to #rio & #brazil for being an inspiration for my song for #rio2!!” tweeted Janelle, who was joined by a team of dancers and musicians.

The soundtrack (stream it here) also features appearances from Bruno Mars, Ester Dean, B.o.B., and Philip Lawrence.

Watch the Electric Lady light up the stage below.

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Mar
24
Stream the ‘Rio 2′ Soundtrack Featuring Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, Ester Dean, & B.o.B

Rio 2 Soundtrack

On April 11, the sequel to the animated film Rio flies into theaters. In addition to a superstar cast including Jamie Foxx and Anne Hathaway, the soundtrack boasts contributions from Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, B.o.B., and Ester Dean.

Dean teams with B.o.B on the updated “Rio Rio” theme song, while Janelle Monáe shakes things up on the funky opening number “What Is Love” Bruno Mars, who also voices a parrot named Roberto in the movie, gets in on the fun with “Welcome Back.”

“We wanted to show the diversity of Brazilian music,” executive producer Sergio Mendes tells Billboard.

Stream the full Rio 2 soundtrack before it arrives on March 25.

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Mar
4
New Music: Janelle Monáe – ‘What Is Love’

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe shakes up the soundtrack to Rio 2. The Electric Lady not only lends her voice to one of the characters, she also serves up some island-flavored funk on the first single “What Is Love,” inspired by Brazil’s Carnival.

The animated film flies into theaters on April 11, while the soundtrack arrives March 25 featuring contributions from Bruno Mars, Ester Dean, B.o.B, Philip Lawrence, and more.

On March 27, Janelle will perform the song live on “American Idol.”

Listen to “What Is Love” and see the tracklisting below.

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Mar
2
New Music: Janelle Monáe – ‘Simply Irresistible’

Janelle Monáe

In honor of the Oscars, Janelle Monáe rocks out on a synth-heavy cover of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible.” The Electric Lady keeps the lyrics intact (“She’s so completely kissable”) as she puts her funky spin on the ’80s hit for E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” 2014 soundtrack.

“I had so much fuuuun reimagining this song for E’s #Oscars coverage #robertpalmer #simplyirresistible JAM,” tweeted Janelle.

The network also commissioned Charli XCX, The Royal Concept, and Fitz & the Tantrums to cover the song.

Listen to Janelle’s remake for the red carpet.

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Feb
25
Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, & Jennifer Hudson Perform at ‘BET Honors’

Mariah Carey

The divas showed out during the 7th annual “BET Honors,” which taped earlier this month in Washington, D.C. and aired on Monday night. Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, Jennifer Hudson, and Janelle Monáe all blessed the stage, while this year’s honorees included Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, and Ice Cube.

Perched atop a piano, Mariah kicked things off with the debut television performance of her new single “You’re Mine (Eternal).”

Tamar Braxton paid tribute to Berry Gordy with a medley of Diana Ross’ “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” and “Upside Down.”

Janelle Monáe also serenaded the Motown legend with the Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”

Jennifer Hudson and Karen Clark-Sheard brought down the house during their soulful salutes to Aretha Franklin.

And the Queen of Soul herself honored the late Nelson Mandela with “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Watch all these performances and more below.

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