Janelle Monae Steps Out On A “Tightrope” With New Material

Feb 11th, 2010 // 5 Comments

Pitchfork slapped up Janelle Monae’s new single “Tightrope” today (hear the funky soul jam below). Outkast’s Big Boi lays down some raps on the track, which along with the Monae tune “Cold War” will be made available for paid download from her official site tomorrow.

Slip on your most comfy go-go shoes and head below to hear “Tightrope.”

Now that’s what you simply call excellent party music. Yo, Diddy—more of this, please, from Bad Boy. And let’s have a whole lot less of this.

“Tighrope” and “Cold War” are the first previews of Monae’s upcoming album The ArchAndroid, which is due out May 18 from Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy. Poet Saul Williams, Of Montreal, Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra will also make appearances on the LP.

Janelle is currently scheduled to join the other lovely ladies of Lilith Fair 2010 on tour. Following the initial lineup for the female-oriented festival announced in early December, these additional artists were added to the roster in January: Loretta Lynn, Heart, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Sia, Gossip, La Roux, Beth Orton, Ceci Bastida, Erin McCarley, Frazey Ford, Julia Othmer, Kate Nash, Lights, Missy Higgins, Lissie, Marina & The Diamonds, Priscilla Renea, Rosie Thomas, Melissa McClelland, Toby Lightman and Elizaveta.

  1. A. Riggs

    Janelle Monae is in a category of her own! She never ceases to amaze me and I am glad she is back on the music scene in a major way! Her vocals are insane and her music is simply incredible! I hope she gets the recognition she truly deserves! JM, you rock!

  2. James

    Absolutely Love Janelle. She's exactly what we need in this world. Was she sent to change the music game? I think so.

  3. James

    Absolutely LOVE Janelle. This song is a breath of fresh air that I can't take off repeat. Just what we needed in this world.

  4. Melissa

    get your pain taken away! get elevated! got this and “cold war” on repeat thanks to itunes. she is so live and amazing.

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