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Janelle Monáe

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and actor Janelle Monáe left her mark on 2010s R&B with an energized retro-futuristic sound wrapped in theatrical science fiction concepts. Growing up, Janelle Monáe Robinson felt constrained by the limited resources offered in her greater Kansas City, Kansas environment. When she finished high school, she moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with the intention of pursuing musical theater, but in 2004, after performing in a couple off-Broadway shows and encountering a lack of desirable roles, she opted to try her luck in Atlanta. She soon joined a band and toured the local college circuit, where she eventually got in touch with her future partners in Wondaland Arts Society -- a collective and label that looked to promote experimental arts -- as well as OutKast's Big Boi. The rapper was so impressed by Robinson that he included two of her performances on his 2005 compilation Got Purp?, Vol. 2. Robinson also appeared on OutKast's 2006 soundtrack, Idlewild, and appeared in the video for "Morris Brown." Robinson made her proper solo debut in August 2007 with an EP entitled The Chase, the first of four planned "Metropolis suites" based in the year 2719 with a character named Cindi Mayweather as the protagonist. Its mix of cabaret, soul, hip-hop, and new wave was well received and found a fan in Sean "Diddy" Combs. Rumors about a signing were finally confirmed in March 2008, when Combs announced Robinson as the newest member of his Bad Boy roster. Robinson promised that the move wouldn't compromise any of her artistic integrity or creativity, and a re-release of The Chase, featuring bonus content, followed shortly thereafter. The second and third suites of Metropolis were issued together as components of The ArchAndroid. Released in May 2010, the album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and resulted in the first of several Grammy nominations for Robinson, including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance, the latter for lead single "Tightrope." After Fun.'s number one pop hit "We Are Young," featuring Robinson, was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, Robinson returned in September 2013 with The Electric Lady. Billed as Metropolis suites four and five, it was even more expansive than the preceding full-length -- Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Solange, and Miguel were among the guests -- and entered the Billboard 200 at number five. Robinson then moved the Wondaland label to Epic and launched the partnership with Wondaland Presents: The Eephus, a various-artists EP featuring her "Yoga" and, more significantly, Jidenna's platinum single "Classic Man." On tour in support of the EP, Robinson and her band performed the anti-police brutality song "Hell You Talmbout," not included on The Eephus but released separately as an instrumental. Occupied with acting roles in two of the biggest films of 2016, the award-winning Moonlight and Hidden Figures, Robinson recorded intermittently, including but not limited to a part in the multi-artist charity recording "This Is for the Girls," songs for the Hidden Figures soundtrack, and a contribution to Jidenna's The Chief. ~ Andy Kellman & Marisa Brown
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Stations Featuring
Janelle Monáe

    Office Friendly Jams

    Office Friendly Jams
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    1 song

Albums by
Janelle Monáe

Top Songs by
Janelle Monáe

  1.   Song
  2.   Cold War
  3.   Tightrope
  4.   Wondaland
  5.   Primetime
  6.   Q.U.E.E.N. by Erykah Badu
  7.   Yoga by Jidenna
  8.   Electric Lady
  9.   Dance Apocalyptic
  10.   Heroes
  11.   Givin' 'Em What They Love
  12.   Dance or Die by Saul Williams
  13.   Faster
  14.   57821
  15.   Many Moons
  16.   Cybertronic Purgatory
  17.   What an Experience
  18.   Can't Live Without Your Love
  19.   Suite IV Electric Overture
  20.   Lettin' Go
  21.   Time Will Reveal
  22.   Isn't This the World
  23.   It's Code
  24.   Look Into My Eyes
  25.   Mushrooms & Roses
  26.   Mr. President
  27.   Sincerely, Jane
  28.   March of the Wolfmasters
  29.   Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)
  30.   What Is Love
  31.   Dorothy Dandridge Eyes
  32.   Sally Ride
  33.   Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)
  34.   Good Morning Midnight (Interlude)
  35.   Say You'll Go
  36.   Locked Inside
  37.   Neon Gumbo
  38.   Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
  39.   Victory
  40.   Ghetto Woman
  41.   The Chrome Shoppe (Interlude)
  42.   We Were Rock & Roll
  43.   Come Alive (War of the Roses)
  44.   Neon Valley Street
  45.   Sir Greendown
  46.   Oh, Maker
  47.   Make the Bus
  48.   Smile
  49.   Suite II Overture
  50.   BaBopByeYa
  51.   Suite V Electric Overture

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