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Janelle Monae

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, Rovi
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Track List: Dance Apocalyptic (Single)

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Track List: Heroes (Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game) (Single)

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Track List: Q.U.E.E.N. (Single)

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Track List: Tightrope (Radio Single)

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Track List: Tightrope (Wondamix) (Radio Single)

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Track List: What Is Love (Single)

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I love her music and style!
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I'm not a huge fan of contemporary disco and hip hop and I really enjoy Janelle Monae. She trained her voice for Broadway and the arrangement / production in "Tightrope" is very good. I have Mark Ronson in my stations to create a party atmosphere. It's just right.
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creepy lyrics but i digg it
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<3 the happy feet version with the little kids :)
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She is an incredible singer and an amazing dancer and songwriter all to gether
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She sings so good
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She's unique, I hope she stay's true to herself and not change within time, she is a role model to many young and older female's. Stay classy girl. Truly, Bad A**! Love love you!!!!!!!
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My favorite artist of the era. Original in style and music.
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wisedarryl88
So refreshing to see so much love for Janelle Monáe on here! I'm used to seeing people hate on her sadly. I love her body and soul!
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Tightrope! Rockabilly, modern R & B, hip hop and jazz.
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Tonight make me your complete sexual toy use me in all ways batteries include. Move when you press the right buttons
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shanetriat
She really needs to get with bruno Mars and yes Jane I still ship yall and I love you soooo much
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You my Angel i pray for you that you never had a sad moment.
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Go janelle weerrrrkkk! :')
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Write your name among the star with Venus as the Goddess of love. Sex your thing hand over those arrows cupid .
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Yes baby
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The dynamics of an astroid spun and transformed into life she is song and encompasses all the elements of a burning star.
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ddrainbow
LOVE HER
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mabeljenna
Janelle Monae needs to rule the universe. She is my everything. She makes amazing music and speaks her mind. I love her so much! Janelle, you are such an incredible person!
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I have to say that she's better than Beyonce because I don't really like sexual music lol❤❤
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She is EVERYTHING!
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drama_skit
saw her with Bruno Mars she opens for him
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She is beyond amazing , I love her!
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She good
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entropy113
Overheard her music while working at the Superdome for Essence Fest 2013, and immediately went and bought her albums. A truly talented and creative mind complemented by beautiful vocals, Janelle Monae deserves her place in the sun.
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Very talented woman. I wish I knew about her earlier!
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I saw Janelle Monae as a guest Apperance for Erykah Badu She was totally Badass and Rockin it!!
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cooldiva234
I like how she stays cute and stylish while not being too reveling and this is my favorite sing ������������
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madibhuddles t o n
I'm a Q.U.E.E.N.!! ! ! ! !
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Her hair is awesome
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Follow me and I'll follow back
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Q.U.E.E.N.
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She is my idol I love her!!!!!!!!
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This is my wake-up song!
Eat them wangs and throw them bones on the ground...
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I'm her biggest fan��!¡!¡
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Love this
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madibhuddles t o n
HOE DOES SHE DO DAT TO HER HAIR??????HE R HAIR ROCKS LIKE HER VOICE!!! SHE IS A Q. U. E. N. N. 2 ME!
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pinkkitty911 5
love her music!
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When ever Monae come up in Pandora she really grabs me and makes me notice.
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Have a tap dance to this song really cool and fast dance
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fluffy.unico r n 7 3 0 5
I luv this song and i luv janelle she's Amazn'!,,
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i wish i can like all these comments about the magnificent electric lady
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Future vintagesound s
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She is the female lovechild version of Prince & Lenny Kravitz
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Love her! She's such a positive influence!
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Pok
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This bio forgot to mention her unofficial first studio album, The Audition, which she made while in her late teens. #GreatAlbum
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I've been waiting for them to at this on her station. Finally. I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!#
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janelle923
I dont even need to ask Y I LOOOVE HER♡♥♡♥♡♥♡
Real music and her name !!!!! Rings a bell lol
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