Janelle Monae Reveals ‘Electric Lady’ Artwork & Tracklisting

 

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Janelle Monae has revealed more details on her upcoming Electric Lady album! Also a double-disc like her debut album, The ArchAndroid, we anticipate this to be a fantastical cinematic saga just the same. New this time around are several high-profile features, including appearances by Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange, Miguel, and Esperanza Spalding. Find the tracklisting below and revel in the gorgeous artwork above!

The Electric Lady drops on September 10.

Disc 1:
1. Suite IV Electric Overture
2. Givin Em What They Love (Feat. Prince)
3. Q.U.E.E.N. (Feat. Erykah Badu)
4. Electric Lady (Feat. Solange)
5. Good Morning Midnight (interlude)
6. PrimeTime (Feat. Miguel)
7. We Were Rock & Roll
8. The Chrome Shoppe (interlude)
9. Dance Apocalyptic
10. Look Into My Eyes

Disc 2:
11. Suite V Electric Overture
12. It’s Code
13. Ghetto Woman
14. Our Favorite Fugitive (interlude)
15. Victory
16. Can’t Live Without Your Love
17. Sally Ride
18. Dorothy Dandridge Eyes (Feat. Esperanza Spalding)
19. What An Experience

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NYC: International Jazz Day Sunset Concert @ United Nations General Assembly Hall – April 30

 

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Happy International Jazz Day, friends! The holiday started off with a launch concert at UNESCO HQ in Paris on April 27 (view above) and a sunrise concert today from Congo Square in New Orleans. We are beyond enthused to share that the conclusion of these worldwide events will be held in New York City!

The epic sunset concert will be tonight, April 30, at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in NYC with George Duke serving as Musical Director. The co-hosts of the event will include Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Quincy Jones. The event will be streamed live.

Confirmed are legends upon legends, many with whom we’ve worked with closely: Herbie Hancock, Tony Bennett, Terence Blanchard, Richard Bona, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Candido, Ron Carter, Vinnie Colaiuta, Robert Cray, Eli Degibri, Jack DeJohnette, Sheila E., Jimmy Heath, Hiromi, Zakir Hussain, Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo, Lang Lang, Joe Lovano, Romero Lubambo, Shankar Mahadevan, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, Danilo Pérez, Tineke Postma, Dianne Reeves, Troy Roberts, Bobby Sanabria, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Tarek Yamani.

Event Details
International Jazz Day Sunset Concert

Monday, April 30
7:30PM

United Nations General Assembly Hall
New York, NY

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Video: Esperanza Spalding – “Black Gold” (Live)

 

This song makes us smile inside. First time you probably heard it was when we posted the video to the original with Algebra Blessett. Yesterday, Esperanza Spalding took to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to perform “Black Gold” live with our homie Chris Turner for a shiver inducing duet.

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Esperanza Spalding Releases ‘Radio Music Society’

Grammy winning jazz bassist, vocalist, and composer Esperanza Spalding today releases her newest album, Radio Music Society. Twelve sparkling songs are accompanied by eleven conceptual music videos, which Esperanza uses to express the inspiration and story behind each tune. All of the videos are available with the digital download and the deluxe version.

The guest list is impressive as well. On the album are jazz legends Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart, as well as Q-Tip, Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke, amongst others.

And let us say that watching Esperanza live is truly an experience of its own – catch her on the road beginning April 18. Tour dates after the jump!

Finally, you must watch the gorgeous video trailer for the album as well as the music video for “Radio Song” (which is also a free download below) after the jump!

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Watch the video for “Radio Song” & the trailer for Radio Music Society + tour dates after the jump

Video: Esperanza Spalding – “Black Gold” ft. Algebra Blessett

 

Esperanza Spalding’s new video for “Black Gold” sees a timely premiere at the start of Black History Month. Featuring Atlanta based vocalist Alegbra Blessett, the duet is a darling and empowering anthem for self-love and pride in a rich history. A storyline of a father and his two sons is woven into the performance portion of video and is quite the tearjerker. Watch and celebrate!

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