is a busy woman. As Pepsi’s Beats Of The Beautiful Game
compilation dropped this week, Monae is already hard at work with her Wondaland collective, ready to churn out a new project. Could it be a fourth album, following her colossal The Electric Lady
? Or will she be dropping off more of a collaborative album with her team (rumor has it the “mystery school” has a floating bookshelf and grass grown indoors)? Who knows. And that’s the marvelous thing about Janelle Monae. You’re made to pleasantly expect the unexpected — like her re-imagined version of David Bowie’s
“Heroes” for Pepsi’s new project.
The song is given some welcomed new life, and comes armed with a poignant video that details the importance of anti-bullying. It’s something that Monae is incredibly passionate about and hopes to continue working on long after this album has run its course.
We checked in with our favorite ArchAndroid as she discusses her role on Beats Of The Beautiful Game, how her childhood and support system helped shape her, and the importance of being fearless…even in moments of fear. More »
This is a special week for Carrie Underwood
. The Oklahoma-born beauty has the #1 album in the country
— her third in a row — and 2012′s second-highest first week sales total.
Not bad for a small town girl who had pretty much given up on music before auditioning for American Idol in 2004. No doubt the success tastes even sweeter due to the risks America’s favorite “Good Girl” took on Blown Away. She cowrote eight of the album’s 14 tracks and explored some unexpectedly murky waters, particularly on the almost Hitchcockian revenge fantasy track “Two Black Cadillacs.”
Carrie kindly took some time to talk us about her freshly exposed dark side, upcoming world tour and glamorous new image. Jump below to read what she had to say. More »