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Finally! Janelle Monae Premiers New Single, Announces Debut Album


Time to dig out of the snow and warm up with Atlanta's own Janelle Monae!

The super-funky soul-pop-rock singer premieres a brand-new single today. Whoa! It's called "Tightrope" and it is very, very excellent. Her new album, "The ArchAndroid," drops on Atlantic Records on May 18th. Listen to the single right here, right now.

A few other facts about this much anticipated new release:

 "Tightrope" will be available on Monáe’s web site on Friday, February 12 together with another new track, titled "Cold War." The tracks will be released via iTunes and other outlets on February 23.

 A music video for "Tightrope" is currently in pre-production.

 "The ArchAndroid" is labeled as an "emotion picture" that brought to you by Janelle Monáe and the Mad Minds of the Wondaland Arts Society in Atlanta.  

 The star-studded featured cast includes the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, punk prophets Deep Cotton,and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra.

 The album was recorded at Wondaland Studios in Atlanta, but written all over the world, including Moscow, Prague, Istanbul, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and the "Palace of the Dogs."  

 "The ArchAndroid" was inspired not only by "the energy of these places, but by such revolutionary musicians and artistic visionaries" as Salvador Dalí, Walt Disney, OutKast, Stevie Wonder, Octavia Butler, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, and John Williams.  

 The album was Executive Produced by Nate Wonder, Chuck Lightning, Janelle Monáe, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, with Co-Executive Production from Big Boi of OutKast.

Seriously, the release of this album will be an event. Share your thoughts.

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