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Janelle Monáe

Growing up, Janelle Monáe (born Janelle Robinson) felt constrained by the limited resources offered to her in her greater Kansas City, Kansas home. 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 of off-Broadway shows and realizing there weren't roles available to her that she wanted, she moved to Atlanta to try her luck there. She soon joined a band and began touring the local college circuit, where she eventually got in touch with her future partners in Wondaland Arts Society (a collective/label that looked to promote experimental arts) as well as OutKast's Big Boi. The rapper was so impressed by what he heard that of her he put two of her songs on his 2005 compilation Got Purp?, Vol. 2. Monáe also showed up on OutKast's 2006 soundtrack, Idlewild, even appearing in the video for "Morris Brown." In August 2007, Monáe debuted with the first of four planned Metropolis installments, or suites, an EP entitled The Chase, a concept piece revolving around a character named Cindi Mayweather and the year 2719. The album -- which melded cabaret, hip-hop, rock, and soul -- was well received, which helped bring the singer into the radar of Sean "Diddy" Combs. Rumors about a signing were finally confirmed in March 2008, when Diddy announced Monáe as the newest member of his Bad Boy roster. Monáe promised that the move was not going to compromise any of her artistic integrity or creativity. A re-release of The Chase, featuring bonus content, appeared in August 2008. The second and third suites of Metropolis were issued together as components of The ArchAndroid, released in May 2010. It debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary R&B Album. "Tightrope" was nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Additional Grammy nominations came in 2013 for her guest appearance on Fun.'s "We Are Young." September 2013 brought The Electric Lady. Billed as suites four and five, it featured guest appearances from Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Solange, and Miguel. ~ Marisa Brown & Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring
Janelle Monáe

    LGBT Pride

    LGBT Pride
    2 songs

    Top Jams [Clean]

    Top Jams [Clean]
    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.   Yoga by Jidenna
  6.   Primetime
  7.   Q.U.E.E.N. by Erykah Badu
  8.   Dance Apocalyptic
  9.   Electric Lady by Solange
  10.   Givin' 'Em What They Love by Prince
  11.   Heroes
  12.   Dance or Die
  13.   Faster
  14.   57821
  15.   Many Moons
  16.   Time Will Reveal
  17.   What Is Love
  18.   Can't Live Without Your Love
  19.   Good Morning Midnight (Interlude)
  20.   Without a Fight
  21.   Lettin' Go
  22.   It's Code
  23.   BaBopByeYa
  24.   Neon Gumbo
  25.   Cybertronic Purgatory
  26.   Suite II Overture
  27.   Ghetto Woman
  28.   Look Into My Eyes
  29.   Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
  30.   We Are Young
  31.   Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
  32.   What an Experience
  33.   Victory
  34.   Come Alive (War of the Roses)
  35.   Mushrooms & Roses
  36.   Make the Bus
  37.   Mr. President
  38.   Sincerely, Jane.
  39.   March of the Wolfmasters
  40.   Trailer for Metropolis Suite I of Iv: "The Chase"
  41.   Dorothy Dandridge Eyes by Esperanza Spalding
  42.   Sally Ride
  43.   Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)
  44.   Suite IV Electric Overture
  45.   Say You'll Go
  46.   Smile
  47.   Locked Inside
  48.   Oh, Maker
  49.   Sir Greendown
  50.   Neon Valley Street
  51.   We Were Rock & Roll
  52.   The Chrome Shoppe (Interlude)
  53.   Suite V Electric Overture

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