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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

    R&B Hits

    R&B Hits
    2 songs

    Bruno Mars: DNA

    Bruno Mars: DNA
    2 songs

    New R&B First

    New R&B First
    1 song

    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

    New Pop First

    1 song

    Prince: DNA

    2 songs

    Michael Jackson: DNA

    3 songs

    Madonna: DNA

    1 song

    Janet Jackson: DNA

    1 song

    The Current

    4 songs

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Top Songs by Janelle Monáe

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

Albums by Janelle Monáe

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