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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

    Weekly Hip Hop/R&B Countdown

    Weekly Hip Hop/R&B Countdown
    1 song

    Bruno Mars: DNA

    Bruno Mars: DNA
    2 songs

    Amy Winehouse: DNA

    Amy Winehouse: DNA
    2 songs

    Songs That Should Have Been Hits

    Songs That Should Have Been Hits
    1 song

    A Great Big World: I Am The DJ

    1 song

    Sam Smith: DNA

    1 song

    Michael Jackson: DNA

    3 songs

    Madonna: DNA

    1 song

    Party Hip Hop/R&B

    1 song

    Janet Jackson: DNA

    1 song

    The Current

    4 songs

Albums by
Janelle Monáe

Top Songs by
Janelle Monáe

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

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