Posts tagged "Janelle Monae"

OutKast Announces Special Guests For #ATLastWeekend Shows

After a huge 40-date reunion tour that kicked off with Coachella, OutKast is planning to wrap things up with a few more festival dates, including #ATLastWeekend – a string of homecoming performances in Atlanta. But the rap duo won’t be going out without a bang! They have revealed some major guest acts who will be accompanying them on stage, as they celebrate an incredibly eventful summer reunion.

The #ATLastWeekend shows will be from September 26-28 at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, with Solange, Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and Bun B as Friday’s supporting acts. On Saturday, Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino and Raury will grace the stage. More »

Janelle Monae’s “Electric Lady” Video: Watch Her Shows Off Her Funky Dance Moves

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Mama, It's Called Electro Phi Betas...
We’ve all at one point or another had the joyous pleasure of experiencing a dreaded Greek-life party at least once in our college career. Yeah… none of us are proud of it, either. But, we’ll tell you this much: If Janelle Monáe threw a sorority bash like the one in her video for album-titled track “Electric Lady,” we’d all show up without even batting an eyelash.

The new clip follows the Kansas soulstress, decked out in her “Electro Phi Beta” letters, prancing around what seems to be a pretty thumping house party complete with hypnotizing neon lights, chicks dancing with light-sabers and a full-blown marching band lead by Janelle herself.

Light and fun, the video features an appearances from the likes of Georgia rapper T.I., “Electro Phi Beta” Emeritus such as Estelle, Esperanza Spalding, T-Boz, Monica and Kimbra, and an opening cameo from the original Electric Lady, Janelle’s mom. More »

Pitbull’s Pants Steal The Show At World Cup Opening Ceremony: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Pitbull stole the spotlight from Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte during the World Cup opening ceremony. It’s not for being an electrifying performer, though – his high-waisted white capris, what one viewer called “diaper pants,” became the talk of social media. [ABC]

:: Beyonce and Jay Z announced the first European dates of their joint On the Run tour. The hip-hop royal couple will perform in Paris on September 12 and 13. Tickets go on sale June 19. [Digital Spy]

:: Skrillex‘s two-hour Superjam set at Bonnaroo was filled with surprises: Janelle Monae covered Michael Jackson (“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”) and James Brown (“I Feel Good”), Mystikal popped up and Lauryn Hill showed up unannounced to close with the Fugees‘ “Ready or Not.” [Billboard]

:: Lana Del Rey first wrote the Lou Reed-referencing “Brooklyn Baby” to feature the rock legend himself. She tried to meet with him, too. “I took the red eye [to New York], touched down at 7 a.m. … and two minutes later, he died,” she says. [The Guardian]

:: Eve married British fashion designer Maxmillion Cooper in Ibiza, Spain, over the weekend. “I’m so happy to make Eve my wife,” Cooper says. “The whole experience has been amazing and we are both so happy to have tied the knot.” [E!]

:: Sky Ferreira recently stopped by a Brazilian TV show, to be asked whether fans like her debut Night Time, My Time for the music, the cover art or “because of the tits, of course.” Her answer was flawless: “I’m pretty sure it’s because of the work, but I guess it helps if you’re a pervert.” [DIY]

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Janelle Monae Covers David Bowie’s “Heroes” Live For The First Time On ‘Letterman’: Watch

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Janelle, Our Heroine
Janelle Monae visited Late Show with David Letterman to perform her space-funk take on David Bowie‘s 1977 classic, “Heroes”, for the first time. While her cover appears on Pepsi’s visual album celebrating soccer during the World Cup, Beats of the Beautiful Game, Monae’s Late Night performance made for a convincing argument that “Heroes” should be added to her live repertoire from here on out. As she raised her fists, spun in circles and flexed for the crowd, Monae was beaming.

“I just thought it would be really really cool for me of course to re-record — or re-imagine — one of my favorite David Bowie songs, ‘Heroes,’ Monae said to Idolator, in an exclusive interview about her cover. “ I was like, ‘Of course! I love it!’ Someone [like David Bowie] who has been an individual, but at the same time inspirational to just people and young people in general, empowers people to reach beyond our circumstances.”  More »

Janelle Monae: 7 Questions About Her “Heroes” Cover For Pepsi & What She’s Working On Next

Janelle Monae 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 »

Janelle Monae Performs “Electric Lady” On ‘The Maya Rudolph Show’ Amid Tour Cancellation: Watch

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An Electrifying Performance
Janelle Monae helped comedian Maya Rudolph debut her anticipated variety show by performing “Electric Lady,” off her 2013 album of (almost) the same name. While initial reviews for The Maya Rudolph Show have been mixed, its studio audience showed how tough it can be to resist Monae’s bonafide energy and charms. Just as on The Arsenio Hall Show months prior, Monae was backed by a full band but could have easily captivated the crowd all by herself.

It’s a shame, then, that a mystery illness has slowed Monae down. More »

Pepsi Taps Spike Lee, Timbaland, Janelle Monae For World Cup Visual Album

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The New MVPs
Pepsi will release a visual album that pairs singers with filmmakers to celebrate soccer during the World Cup. The first single off Beats of the Beautiful Game, Janelle Monae‘s cover of David Bowie ‘s “Heroes” (above), had debuted in April, while a new song and video will be released each week starting May 20, until the album’s June 10 release.

Fresh off directing Eminem‘s “Headlights” video, Spike Lee will film a video in Brazil, where the World Cup kicks off June 12, for a Kelly Rowland song titled “The Game.” While the performers aren’t expected to be appear in the clips, Lee hopes to include Rowland somehow. “Somewhere she has to appear. She’ll be lip syncing, but she’ll be in there. I promise you,” he says to AP. More »

The Best 2014 Met Gala Selfies And Happy Snaps: 7 Pics Feat. Beyonce, Selena Gomez & Taylor Swift

The who’s who of the pop world showed up for last night’s (May 5) Met Gala. While Beyonce and Rihanna duked it out for best dressed bragging rights on the red carpet, other starlets took the event much less seriously. Selena Gomez, for example, used it as an excuse to catch up with BFF Taylor Swift and stalk her favorite singer — “All Of Me” crooner John Legend.

As the night progressed, selfies and happy snaps eventually made their way to Instagram and Twitter. Lily Allen‘s Sheezus vs. Yeezus moment was the absolute highlight but it was nice to see Bey goofing around with Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu. (She even took over photographer duties to snap a pic of them). Oh, and Rita Ora sure gets around. Her Instagram is a treasure trove of celebrity selfies. More »

Watch Janelle Monae Join Outkast For “Hey Ya!” In Georgia

Shake It Like...You Know
During the first weekend of Coachella earlier this month, Outkast invited a handful of guests to perform with them, including fellow retro-futurist Janelle Monae, who nearly stole the show with her lively “Tightrope” performance. Monae again joined the ATLiens Sunday night (April 27), this time at Georgia’s Counterpoint Festival, for their homecoming rendition of 2003 smash “Hey Ya!”

Well, it was actually just Andre 3000 whom she shared the stage with. Watch her bust a move as Three Stacks works the mic below (beware the blown-out audio).  More »

Coachella 2014: OutKast Bring Out Janelle Monae & Future For Reunion Set: Watch

OutKast, 20 years,” Big Boi laughed.

On April 11, Coachella spectators watched the reunited OutKast perform for the first time in a decade. The starting half of its career-spanning set made it easy to see why the duo had been sorely missed, with songs and showmanship more than worthy of its headlining slot. During the latter half, though, a few missteps made it clear that, indeed, Big Boi and partner-in-rhyme Andre 3000 hadn’t performed together in years – and have a few kinks to work out for the rest of its 40-plus festival tour. More »