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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

    R&B Hits

    R&B Hits
    1 song

    Bruno Mars: DNA

    Bruno Mars: DNA
    2 songs

    Amy Winehouse: DNA

    Amy Winehouse: DNA
    2 songs

    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

    Party Hip Hop/R&B

    1 song

    Madonna: DNA

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

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