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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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    Squeaky Clean Hits

    Squeaky Clean Hits
    2 songs

    Bruno Mars: DNA

    Bruno Mars: 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

    A Great Big World: I Am The DJ
    1 song

    Sam Smith: DNA

    1 song

    Prince: DNA

    2 songs

    R&B Hits

    1 song

    Michael Jackson: DNA

    3 songs

    Madonna: DNA

    1 song

    The Current

    4 songs

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

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