Artist Details

Janelle Monáe

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A ground-breaking, genre-blurring singer, songwriter, producer, and performer, Janelle Monáe's inventive style melds a refined pop sensibility with an extraordinary postmodern mash-up of soul, funk, and rock 'n' roll.

The ArchAndroid, which will be released May 18th, follows Monáe's two acclaimed EPs, 2008's METROPOLIS: THE CHASE SUITE (SPECIAL EDITION) and METROPOLIS: SUITE I OF IV, both of which received extensive critical praise upon their initial releases. The ArchAndroid was produced by Janelle Monáe, Chuck Lightning, Nate Wonder & Sean "Diddy" Combs with co-executive producer Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. It features appearances by an array of talented artists including "Big Boi" of OutKast, who is featured on the infectious lead single "Tightrope," as well as renowned poet Saul Williams, the psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, the punk prophets Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland ArchOrchestra.

In addition to releasing her album, Ms. Monáe, who has developed a reputation for her incredibly dynamic live shows, will be joining none other than Erykah Badu on her "Out My Mind, Just In Time" tour in a number of cities across North America and partake in this summer's much anticipated 2010 Lilith Tour.