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Not only is Janelle Monae lending her voice to the sequel to Rio the singer is also contributing her talents for the movie soundtrack for the first single titled “What Is Love.”The soundtrack will be available on March 25th and the film in theaters on April 11th. Check out the upbeat tune below.

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Last night, Janelle Monáe gave a live concert as part of VH1’s Super Bowl Blitz, the singer performed brand new songs from her album “The Electric Lady” including her Miguel assisted single Primetime and Queen. Check out the full show here and watch Janelle perform PrimeTime  & Electric Lady  below.

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Earlier this week, in what was one of the year’s most electrifying performances, Janelle Monáe & Prince performed their duet “Givin Em What They Love” together onstage for the first time! The performance took place at Mohegan Sun in CT, where Ms. Monáe opened for the music icon.  A longtime supporter of the Grammy nominated CoverGirl, Prince declared onstage that Monáe’s video for “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring Erykah Badu was the best video of the year, adding that “The Electric Lady” was the best album released this year.Monáe will ring in the New Year headlining Atlanta’s 25thAnnual Peach Drop 2014!

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Singer Janelle Monae hit the Saturday night Live stage for the first time ever to support her brand new album “The Electric Lady” delivering a high-energy set of her first televised performance of Electric Lady and “Dance Apocalyptic.” Janelle Monae turned the SNL studios into Wondaland as she works up a sweat performing. Check out Janelle Monae performances below and make sure you check her out Janelle on tour in a city near you.

The Electric Lady

Dance Apocalyptic

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Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe will be named Billboard’s Rising Star at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, sponsored by Nikon, Target,  COVERGIRL, and City National Bank.  The Billboard Rising Star Award acknowledges success and great potential among artists in the early stages of their career.  Monáe will join P!nk, who is this year’s Woman of the Year, at the event on Dec. 10 in New York City.

“Being recognized for your hard work and passion is always humbling and encouraging. I feel honored Billboard has taken note of my journey in the music industry thus far,” said Monáe. “I hope by receiving this award I’m encouraging aspiring acts to stay true to their own artistic visions and never give up.”

“From her distinctive style to her unexpected collaborations, Janelle is truly carving her own path in this industry,” says Billboard Editorial Director, Bill Werde.  “We are thrilled to celebrate her talents as this year’s Rising Star and look forward to seeing what she does next.”

The Billboard Women in Music event celebrates the most powerful and talented women in music, with past Rising Star honorees including Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga. The event runs in conjunction with the much-anticipated publication of Billboard’s Women in Music Power Players list, which recognizes the top female music executives who are leading the industry with their artistic and business vision. Don’t forget to tune in to SNL tomorrow Saturday, 10/26 to watch Monáe make her debut as a musical guest on the show, with host Edward Norton! Monáe will perform the title track from her new album, “Electric Lady,” for the first time on National TV!

 


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Janelle Monae brings the Electric Lady to Uptown Magazine which is one newsstands now. In the new issue Janelle talks about the biggest  misconception people have about her, meeting Erykah Badu for the first time, being singed to BadBoy and her responsibility as a artist and more. Check out some excerpts from the interview below.

 

“What is the biggest misconception that people have about you?

People think I am so straitlaced and buttoned up. There is a lot of life underneath this tuxedo. I like to have fun. I enjoy practical jokes. I enjoy rolling around the mall in wheelchairs. I enjoy taking someone’s baby and putting it on my hip for about two hours straight and then giving it back.

 

You are signed to Bad Boy/Atlantic, and you told me years ago that he (Diddy) is basically your cheerleader. What role does he play in your career now?

He is the ambassador and protector of the jam. He makes sure that our ideas get out into the world. He is not involved creatively. He is the spokesperson for corporations when it’s time to talk business. When we don’t want to have conversations with suits, he goes in and slaps people for us. He is our highest professional slapper. He slaps anyone that tries to mess up the jam.

Do you feel a social responsibility with your artistry and celebrity?

If I were not a woman, or African-American, or have people in my life that have not been directly discriminated against, then I would not feel a social responsibility. When you love and care about people and you see young people dying, it’s impossible to ignore. Let me be clear: When I speak of androids, I am speaking of the new form of the ‘other.’ You can parallel that to people who are gay or lesbian, those whose skin is considered too dark; women still are not receiving equal rights. I write music that fights against self-hate. It is about loving yourself even if it makes others uncomfortable”

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Janelle Monae will be making her Saturday Night Live debut on October 26 with host Edward Northon. Last week, Monáe released her highly anticipated video for “Primetime” featuring Miguel. The Grammy nominated artist also kicked off “The Electric Tour,” in support of her new album, “The Electric Lady”

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Primetime is a love story based on the early adventures of Cindi Mayweather (Janelle Monáe) and her first love Joey Vice (Miguel.)  The Emotion Picture gives a glimpse at Cindi’s humble beginnings as a “cyber-server” at the Electric Sheep nightclub, a syn bar serving high-class “show droids” to the rich and lonely in a dangerous section of Metropolis known as Slop City. Incidentally, the innovative cybersoul music played at the club directly impacted Cindi, and she began singing and performing her own innovative compositions a short time after quitting this assignment. In addition, Cindi became determined to change the public perception of what an electric lady could be, dream and aspire to after working in the dismal conditions at the club.

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Yesterday we showed you all some  behind the scenes footage of Janelle Monae on the set of her new video “PrimeTime” but before the video makes if official debut tomorrow Janelle has dropped a sneak peak of her new single featuring Miguel. Janelle Monáe made a spectacular chart debut with her acclaimed new album, “THE ELECTRIC LADY.” The collection arrived at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 – Monáe’s highest chart entry to date – as well as #3 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” ranking. “The Electric Tour” kicks off this Sunday, October 13th at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory and then continue through late November Monáe recently received 5 nominations for the Soul Train Awards. Nominations include Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Video of the Year, Best Dance Performance, Best Collaboration, and The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.

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This has to be one of my favorite songs on Janelle Monáe new album ‘The Electric Lady’ as well as a perfect single choice to support the album, now Janelle is giving us a visual to her futuristic love song “PrimeTime” featuring Miguel. Before the video makes it’s world premiere on VEVO tomorrow Ms. Monáe gave us a behind the scenes look into her Blade Runner-like setting video which Miguel will play Janelle’s love interest.