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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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  • Funhouse125

    Sincerely, Jane <3

    23 May 10:31pm Reply
  • zaininho

    Yoga is just so horribly bad, it makes the masterpiece that is The Archandroid feel like a distant memory now.

    21 May 5:57pm Reply
  • XStatic_Process

    Embarrassing. What happened to her? I honestly don't care about all this fuss about her becoming 'sexualised.' What bugs me the most is that dated R&B production considering how her past music is so progressive and innovative in terms of its sound. Oh well, at least we'll always have The ArchAndroid.

    21 May 3:02pm Reply
  • GimmeAChance

    Yoga is not that bad, but still just like every other generic R&B/Pop/Dance track in today's radio. I hope the next LP is going to be more like The ArchAndriod again.

    20 May 12:23pm Reply
  • modern_thing

    I fear Yoga is the beginning of the end for her, artistically speaking. [2] Yoga is just bad. I want my Janelle Monae in a suit back tbh.

    19 May 10:01pm Reply
  • tekbasinaadam

    vvv i fear that's the truth.It was nice to hear her voice,but after 2 brillliant records Yoga sounds and seems pretty cheap

    18 May 4:48pm Reply
  • LeH450

    YOGA Music Video ♥ [18] vicio...

    17 May 12:23am Reply
  • chemicalfate

    Baby, bend over

    15 May 4:03am Reply
  • SamuelFonseca_

    YOGA Music Video ♥ [17]

    15 May 1:02am Reply
  • inphanta

    I fear Yoga is the beginning of the end for her, artistically speaking. I'm sure it'll get her lots of adoration and popularity, but now she sounds like everything else on the radio.

    14 May 11:00pm Reply
  • LeH450

    YOGA Music Video ♥ [16]

    14 May 10:44pm Reply
  • GimmeAChance

    Locked Inside <3

    10 May 1:51pm Reply
  • tresfoufou

    Her voice is amazing,she’s beautiful,real,and her style is out of this world.

    7 May 4:18am Reply
  • Rosebigmusicfan

    Baby band ova! ♥

    3 May 8:59pm Reply
  • genie__

    YOGA Music Video ♥ [15]

    1 May 2:15pm Reply
  • genie__

    Metropolis: The Chase Suite é muito bom. <3

    1 May 2:14pm Reply
  • Typ33

    YOGA Music Video ♥ [14]

    30 Apr 3:02pm Reply
  • JrH2OH

    YOGA Music Video ♥ [13]

    28 Apr 1:50am Reply
  • sandrarichm

    Just Great

    24 Apr 8:18pm Reply
  • JustineFrank

    I SWEAR JANELLE MONAE JUST KNOWS HOW TO MAKE HITS. Wondaland her record label is the bomb. "YOGA" makes me want to get up and dance! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2CwOvNFkVQ

    22 Apr 7:11am Reply
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