Janelle Monae Covers ‘Billboard’ Magazine For ‘The Electric Lady’ / Confirms Prince Duet

Published: Friday 7th Jun 2013 by David

Janelle Monae burns bright in black and white for ‘Billboard’ this month, rocking the cover in support of her forthcoming album ‘The Electric Lady’.

Taking to the publication in ways only she knows how, the ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ star hit the mag to share a number of exciting details on the project.

Think a duet with Miguel.

Think a duet with Prince.

Details below…

Via Billboard:

Janelle Monáe’s upcoming sophomore album, “The Electric Lady,” will include guest appearances by Prince and Miguel.

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In a new Billboard cover story, Monáe says she aims to “tell universal stories in unforgettable ways” on the album, due in September, and that conversations she had with collaborators helped inspire some of the tracks.

“We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me,” she says of Prince. “It’s a beautiful thing to have a friend — someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world — give whatever they possibly can to the cause.”

Monáe jumped at the opportunity to work with her iconic friend, who is not exactly known for making guest appearances.

“I had a chance to produce an icon,” says Monáe, who is keeping the name of their song under wraps. “It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it.”

Meanwhile, Miguel guests on the glimmering “Primetime,” which interpolates the Pixies’ famous “Where Is My Mind?” “ooh” section atop a spare funk beat. It’s a love duet that builds on harmonies and the chorus — “Primetime for our love/Heaven is bettin’ on us” — and unites their glossy croons so well one can almost feel them melting into one another.”

The album’s first single, Q.U.E.E.N.,” happens to be a collaboration with another well-known artist: Erykah Badu. The junk jam, which has a corresponding music video, has sold 31,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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  1. JOHNVIDAL June 7, 2013

    Wow, two amazing collabos (I hope). I have to be honest and say I did not like the first single though.

    • MC June 7, 2013

      Really? Why? I love it the vibe (Erykah’s voice), the message and the video.

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  2. MC June 7, 2013

    I’m excited for this! I love Q.U.E.E.N. and The ArchAndroid and Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) so I’m more than ready. I’m so excited for this, Janelle is a fresh of breath air for the biz.

  3. MariahIsMusic1 June 7, 2013

    I love this Girl to death. This is gonna be a master piece. I see you J

  4. Super Cisus June 7, 2013

    Who?

    • MariahIsMusic1 June 7, 2013

      Get a life stop being so hateful. You’re always hating its not healthy. Throw shades but don’t overdo it. Not a cute look

    • Nika June 7, 2013

      HA-TER!!

  5. ~The Arcade~ June 7, 2013

    Surely, this is Ms. Monae’s time to REALLY shine, she’s just that good and to see her on the cover of billboard magazine further confirms that… I’m just so happy for her <3

  6. Suicide Blonde June 7, 2013

    Prince is driving me nuts with all his “GIRLS” era, man, i want you, you and nobody else. I’m So Mad at Him Right Now!.

  7. PRINCE MACHIAVEL June 7, 2013

    Ooooooh My Freaking Gooood!!! The Best Performer Of This Generation With The Legendary PRINCE……………Awwwwwwww F****** XXXXXXDD!!!!!!

    • MC June 7, 2013

      YAS!!!

      How have you been Machiavel? Long time no see.

      • PRINCE MACHIAVEL June 7, 2013

        Hi “Cherie” !!! I’m Doing Pretty Well, What’s About You?
        I Know, It’s Been A Long Time Cause I Can’t Anymore With All The Tired Stupid Stan War Here!

        PS I Still Jam With “Come Alive & Cold War”

      • JOHNVIDAL June 8, 2013

        Cold War is everything! I still watch from time to time her live performance of the song at the grammys.

  8. King B>Rihanna June 7, 2013

    i’m here for this.

  9. MuiMui June 7, 2013

    Beautiful and Talented love her Music.

  10. Sean August 8, 2013

    OMG!!!! I am soooooo excited!!!!!! Yes Janelle, these collabos?! I can’t stand it.

    Gorgeous.

  11. Jared August 10, 2013

    Yooooooo, this album looks so dope. I’m definitely coping!

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