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Vibe Talks with Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe Talks Upcoming Single, Video and Diddy: “I’m His Boss”

When your album is one of the most anticipated releases of 2010, such pressure on most artists would be crushing. But not for Janelle Monáe. With her full-length debut The ArchAndroid set to drop on May 18, and its first single “Tightrope” (featuring one-time mentor Big Boi of OutKast fame) still making noise, the soul-rock rebel is already gearing up for her next musical statement.

“My next single is “Cold War” and we already shot the video,” Monáe told VIBE of the dramatic clip. “I actually saw it for the first time a few days ago. It’s touching…it makes me cry every time I watch it. It’s a very venerable song and moment and video for me.” For the original treatment of the video, Monáe envisioned a movie-style feel for “Cold War’s” overtly emotional, theatrical lyricism. “But it was a one-take shot and I decided to leave it at that,” she explains. “I had more intended for it, but once I saw this one-take I said, ‘oh, this is it.’ This is what I connected to most.”

One other aspect of the ArchAndroid project that still has many music fans talking is her surprising union with Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records. Witnessing the more mainstream, commercial centered Diddy join up with the left field, genre-jumping Monáe is indeed a head-scratcher. But Monáe believes that longtime fans need not worry.

“Well, this is a partnership and it’s a very unique one,” she says of her Bad Boy affiliation. “I have my own recording label, the Wonderland Arts Society. Sean Combs came into my life while I was already releasing Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase. He’s a huge champion of the Wonderland Arts Society and myself. He’s an endorser of our campaign, mission and message. Further more, I’m his boss [laughs]. This is not the story of man meets artist…he respects me for who I am. And he respects our ideas. He’s been very supportive of what’s going on; he wants to help us expose our message to the mainland.”

Janelle Monáe is scheduled to open up dates for Erykah Badu’s upcoming Out My Mind, Just In Time tour starting May 23 in Boston.—Keith Murphy

Read full article here

PICTURES FROM THE ARCHANDROID TOUR

Janelle Monáe coming to a city near you!


MARCH
15 Washington, DC–Black Cat
17 Philadelphia, PA–Johnny Brenda’s
18 Philadelphia, PA–Johnny Brenda’s
21 San Francisco, CA–Café Du Nord
22 San Francisco, CA–Café Du Nord
23 Los Angeles, CA–The Viper Room
24 Los Angeles, CA–The Viper Room
29 Chicago, IL–Schubas Tavern
30 Chicago, IL–Schubas Tavern
31 Minneapolis, MN–Varsity Theater

APRIL
2 Detroit, MI–St. Andrews
5 Atlanta, GA–Smith’s Olde Bar
6 Atlanta, GA–Smith’s Olde Bar
9 New York, NY–Joe’s Pub
10 New York, NY–Joe’s Pub

New Music from Janelle Monáe "Tightrope" feat Big Boi


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A Very Happy Birthday Present!!!

Happy Birthday to our very own, Mitch Muyer-thang Chowski!!!

Since he’s such a great guy, he’s decided to give YOU a present.

Download Janelle Monae’s new single “Come Alive” (War of the Roses)
Come Alive (The War Of The Roses)

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you….

New Music! COME ALIVE (WAR OF THE ROSES)

You will dance, you will dive, you will COME ALIVEEE!!!

Continue the chase!

Your Chasemasters,

Jovian Zayne & George 2.0

More information coming soon…in the meantime see the below!

New York, NY/September 29, 2009: Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced the release of Grammy-nominated and Wondaland Arts Society/Atlantic Records recording artist Janelle Monae’s song, “Come Alive (War of the Roses)”, created exclusively for the Kia Soul Collective: a hand-selected group comprised of some of today’s hottest artists, thought leaders and influencers. The song, created to document the sound of “how she rolls,” is currently available for a free download at http://www.kiasoulcollective.com/home/music, along with behind-the-scenes footage of her studio session. “Come Alive (War of the Roses)” is also the first taste of new music from Monae’s epic new album set for an early 2010 release.

COUNTDOWN TO GOODIE MOB REUNION (DAY 3…and 4)

Well, Since I missed yesterday I’m gonna have to double up today. Here are four more of my favorite Goodie Mob songs. Educate yourself. Enjoy.

“My associates and I named the south dirty” -Cee-lo.

Cell Therapy:

Countdown to Goodie Mob Reunion (Day 1)

In honor of the Goodie Mob Reunion concert this weekend here in Atlanta (Get Tickets here) I will be posting some of my favorite songs from them each day this week.
“They Don’t Dance No’ Mo”:

A Wonda-Ful Opportunity

Interns Wanted!!! A Wonda-ful Opportunity!

Greetings Friends! Once again, the Wondaland Arts Society, home of Janelle Monáe and Deep Cotton, wants you! We’re looking for college students and recent graduates to intern with us. We are seeking applicants who specialize/are interested in business and artist management, accounting, audio engineering, computer programming/coding, marketing, art/graphic design, or journalism and would like to sharpen their craft via hands-on experience working with an up-and-coming record label.

It is preferable that applicants:

Reside in the Atlanta area.
Have a reliable form of transportation
Have a laptop, mobile device with internet, and/or reliable access to a computer with internet
Specialize in/be focused on a particular area of expertise
Be able to dedicate at least 10 to 15 hrs a week to the internship
***Experience with social networking (ie. Facebook, Twitter, Myspace) is not required but a definite plus!

If you think that you or someone you know would be interested in this opportunity, Please submit your resume and a short essay (no more than 2 paragraphs) on who you are, what you do, and why you would be a good addition to the W.A.S. team. Please send all submissions to: interns@wondalandarts.com. PLEASE do not reply to or inquire via Janelle Monáe’s facebook page. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2009. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks a trillion,

The Wondaland Arts Society

Chance of a Lifetime

Hello Musicians!

Kellindo (lead guitarist and MD for the Janelle Monáe Band) will be holding auditions for a drummer to join him and Ms. Janelle Monáe on stage!

Audition Date: Saturday, August 29, 2009

Where: Apache Cafe
64 3rd St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-5436

When: 10am-5pm

ALL drummers MUST be Atlanta based.

Please send your resumé, youtube links, photo, EPK, etc. and any other relevant information to band@wondalandarts.comand you will be contacted with an audition time.

Please come prepared to jam and play all songs from Ms. Monáe’s epic release, Metropolis: Suite I of IV: The Chase Suite!

We look forward to meeting you and may the force be with you!

The Wondaland Arts Society
News Association and PR Tree

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