Janelle Monáe

Sep
12
Janelle Monáe Electrifies on ‘Today’ Show

Janelle Monáe

New York City got a wake-up call from Janelle Monáe, who brought her magnetic energy to the “Today” Concert Series on Thursday. The spunky singer delivered an electrifying performance of her single “Dance Apocalyptic” in Rockefeller Plaza as her fans danced and sang along.

“I am the electric lady and I am your morning coffee,” said Janelle before bursting into her funky jam.

Her album The Electric Lady is expected to sell 45-50,000 copies in its first week. “I wanted to focus on creating a new breed, a new 21st century woman someone who is not defined by her skin color or hair texture but by what she does for the community, how she goes into the community and nurtures the next generation,” she said.

Watch the Electric Lady rock the outdoor stage.

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Sep
11
Prince Sends Janelle Monáe a Singing Telegram

Janelle Monáe

Prince is singing Janelle Monáe’s praises—literally. In honor of the release of her album The Electric Lady, the pop icon surprised the singer by sending a singing telegram to her dressing room. A man serenaded her with Prince’s lyrics and a bouquet of flowers.

Prince rewrote the lyrics to his song “Kiss” as a tribute to Monáe: “You don’t have to be rich to be Monáe/ You don’t have to be a witch with a broom of hay/ Ain’t no particular rhyme that you need to say/ You just need a copy of Janelle’s Electric Lady.”

An surprised Janelle was overcome with emotion. “Thank you, Prince. I just wanna cry,” she said.

Prince is featured on “Give Em What They Love,” a cut off Janelle’s new album The Electric Lady.

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Sep
10
Janelle Monáe Performs ‘Dance Apocalyptic’ on ‘Letterman’

Janelle Monáe

On the eve of her album release, Janelle Monáe stopped by “The Late Show with David Letterman” for a thrilling performance. Clad in black and white, the petite singer filled the room with her electric energy as she performed her single “Dance Apocalyptic” with her band. She danced on stage and on top of Letterman’s desk before running into the audience and letting her hair down.

You can see Janelle live when “The Electric Lady” tour kicks off on Oct. 13 in Philadelphia.

Watch her light up late night.

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Sep
4
New Music: Janelle Monáe – ‘The Electric Lady’ [Album Stream]

The Electric Lady

Sparks will fly when Janelle Monáe’s new album The Electric Lady arrives on Sept. 10. The Wondaland visionary collaborates with some of her favorites including Prince (“Givin Em What They Love”), Erykah Badu (“Q.U.E.E.N.”), Solange (“Electric Lady”), Miguel (“PrimeTime”), and Esperanza Spalding (“Dorothy Dandridge Eyes”) on the follow-up to 2010′s The ArchAndroid.

“The new album deals with a new breed of women,” Janelle told BUST magazine. “Strong, bold women who are taking their stands and not being marginalized.”

Thanks to VH1, you can stream all the tracks in their entirety below.

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Aug
19
New Music: Janelle Monáe f/ Miguel – ‘PrimeTime’

PrimeTime

Love is in the air on “PrimeTime,” Janelle Monáe’s steamy duet with Miguel. The two whisper sweet nothings to each other on the soulful number off Janelle’s upcoming album The Electric Lady.

“It’s a primetime for our love/ And heaven is bettin’ on us,” coos Janelle over the guitar-driven instrumental.

Due Sept. 10, The Electric Lady also features Prince, Solange, Erykah Badu, and Esperanza Spalding.

Janelle will embark on a North American headline tour on October 13 in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 23. See an itinerary below.

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Aug
15
Video: Goodie Mob f/ Janelle Monáe – ‘Special Education’

CeeLo Green

Goodie Mob celebrates individuality in the video for “Special Education” featuring Janelle Monáe. CeeLo Green, Khujo, T-Mo, and Big Gipp take over a high school while promoting their empowering message. The John Colombo-directed clip co-stars younger versions of the Atlanta group, who rap along to the lyrics, plus a mini Janelle.

“I live in Atlanta, Georgia, and I grew up on OutKast, I grew up on Goodie Mob, I grew up on Dungeon Family,” said Janelle. “So the fact that they’re coming back with music that is jamming and that I get to be a part of it, it’s just such an honor.”

Goodie Mob’s reunion album, Age Against the Machine, drops August 27.

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Aug
9
Janelle Monáe Unveils Cover, Tracklisting for ‘The Electric Lady’

The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe won over critics and fans with her debut The ArchAndroid and now she’s ready to embark on the next chapter of her career with The Electric Lady. The CoverGirl spokeswoman has revealed the cover art and tracklisting for her sophomore album.

Due September 10, the 19-track set features collaborations with Prince (“Givin Em What They Love”), Erykah Badu (“Q.U.E.E.N.”), Solange (“Electric Lady”), Miguel (“PrimeTime”), and Esperanza Spalding (“Dorothy Dandridge Eyes”).

The ArchAndroid focused on self-realization: realizing your superpower and the things that you’re capable of doing,” she told BUST magazine of her 2010 album. “With The Electric Lady, we’re talking about self-actualization: being the change you want to see. It’s also more personal, more revealing. The new album deals with a new breed of women…strong, bold women who are taking their stands and not being marginalized.”

The two-disc deluxe edition, available exclusively at Target, adds four songs including “HYTB,” the Jackson 5 cover “I Want You Back,” and remixes to “Q.U.E.E.N.” and “The Electric Lady.”

See the tracklisting below.

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