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Janelle Monáe

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Kansas City KS, United States (2006 – present)

Janelle Monáe is a U.S. singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, and performer.

Monáe was born Janelle Monáe Robinson on 1st December 1985 in Kansas City, Kansas. She moved to New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her original plan was to pursue a career on Broadway, but she soon changed her mind and returned to music. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2003, Monáe founded the Wondaland Arts Society with like-minded young artists, and made a couple of appearances on OutKast’s 2006 album Idlewild, where she is featured on the songs “Call the Law” and “In Your Dreams”.

By 2007, Monáe was ready to release her first solo work, titled Metropolis. It was originally conceived as a concept album in four parts, or suites, which were to be released through her website and mp3 download sites. After the release of the first part of the series, Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase in mid-2007, these plans were altered following her signing with Sean “Diddy” Combs’ label, Bad Boy Records, later in the year. The label gave an official and physical release to the first suite in August 2008, which was retitled Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition) and included two new tracks. The EP was generally well-received by critics, gaining Monáe a 2009 Grammy nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single “Many Moons”, festival appearances, and opening slots for the indie pop band of Montreal. Monáe also toured as the opening act for band No Doubt on their summer 2009 tour.

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  • strom-z

    I think it's already time for a live tour DVD/CD! [2] yeah, let's maybe wait for one more album (her current setlist is already pretty strong tho), but she should totally go for it kinda soon!

    yesterday evening Reply
  • volupiaken

    A música negra está viva na sua música! Obrigado! ♥

    Yesterday 12:05am Reply
  • TheGeoKing

    She is absolutely brilliant!

    28 Sep 11:10pm Reply
  • the_neon_tiger

    she's ditching the Metropolis plot at this point <== Nope, don't forget that the Electric Lady is the prequel of The Archandroid and that's before things went completely tits up for Cindi, hence its playfulness. At least that's how I perceive it.

    18 Sep 9:41pm Reply
  • NathanCorsini

    I think it's already time for a live tour DVD/CD!

    14 Sep 1:19pm Reply
  • blurrrrrrrrr

    Happy Birthday Electric Lady, one year <3 [2]

    11 Sep 2:50pm Reply
  • iguito15

    Happy Birthday Electric Lady, one year <3

    10 Sep 9:00pm Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    This woman is more than just underrated, it's a crime she's full of pure talent. [31]

    10 Sep 10:34am Reply
  • iguito15

    Oh, Maker [2] <3

    10 Sep 8:15am Reply
  • TheJuanDs

    She is a genius. I'm obsessed/ in love with her

    24 Aug 3:42am Reply
  • w00sh

    New picture of Janelle uploaded: http://www.last.fm/music/Janelle+Mon%C3%A1e/+images/100685293

    23 Aug 6:29pm Reply
  • fragmentary-

    Queen.

    22 Aug 8:18pm Reply
  • blurrrrrrrrr

    This woman is more than just underrated, it's a crime she's full of pure talent. [30] u.ú

    21 Aug 11:38pm Reply
  • DickBigems

    Rockin' ArchAndriod heavy lately.

    18 Aug 8:29pm Reply
  • gahcatto

    This woman is more than just underrated, it's a crime she's full of pure talent. [29]

    14 Aug 1:19am Reply
  • jussi_m

    omg she was there right next to me with her band dancing during OutKast's Flow Festival performance.. the best gig I've ever been to!

    12 Aug 7:20pm Reply
  • Eddicus-Catico

    i wonder what's gonna come after the last two suites. is she still going to sing about androids?? who knows!!

    11 Aug 2:55am Reply
  • caiochaves

    This woman is more than just underrated, it's a crime she's full of pure talent. [28]

    10 Aug 6:02am Reply
  • damita34

    Loved the Electric Lady video! One of the best tracks from the album.[2]

    9 Aug 2:14pm Reply
  • NathanCorsini

    Loved the Electric Lady video! One of the best tracks from the album.

    8 Aug 4:07pm Reply
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