Getting your friends together in one place can be hard, so Janelle Monáe took the easy route and had her famous friends—Kimbra, Esperanza Spalding, Monica, Estelle, and TLC’s T-Boz—video chat in to her latest music video to join the party.
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This summer, the only ticket that may be hotter than Dave Chappelle’s sold-out stand-up run at Radio City Music Hall is the reclusive comedian co-headlining the venue with some of his favorite musicians.
In a string of just-announced shows, Chappelle will share the Radio City stage with musical guests including the Roots, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, and DJ Premier, with more to be announced. Each night of the June 24-26 stand will feature a different artist with a full orchestra accompaniment. Chappelle’s sold-out, stand-up-only dates are June 18-22. READ FULL STORY
Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms.
M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3-D projection of Monae Thursday night while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.’s likeness.
Both artists have ideas for how they might use performance holograms beyond their bi-coastal duet, which was sponsored by Audi to launch its A3 model.
Before he sings at the Oscars, Pharrell Williams will perform at the NBA All-Star Game.
NBA announced Thursday that the producer-rapper-singer will perform Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Williams will open the game and perform during the player introductions with surprise guests.
The game’s halftime performance will feature Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Earth, Wind and Fire, Janelle Monae, and Dr. John.
Recent Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr. will sing the national anthem and also perform during the halftime show. Folk-rock singer Serena Ryder will sing the Canadian national anthem.
The All-Star game will air live on TNT. Kendrick Lamar will perform before the slam dunk contest a day before the big game.
Fans hoping to Dance Apocalyptic with Janelle Monae in Anaheim, San Diego, and Phoenix will have to wait a little longer — Monae has postponed those three shows on her tour.
“Starting today, I am under strict doctor’s orders for mandatory vocal rest,” Monae wrote on her official website. “Not doing so could possibly result in damage to my vocal cords.”
There have been no dates rescheduled as of yet, though at the moment Monae intends on being in Dallas this Saturday for her concert at the House of Blues. She’s on her biggest headlining tour yet in support of her just-released new album The Electric Lady. And because Monae is Monae, she even stuck to her kooky script while announcing her postponements: “But alas, apparently even the most expertly designed android breaks down sometimes and must recharge,” she wrote.
On the album charts: Keith Urban ekes out a win over The Weeknd; 2 Chainz and Janelle Monae also sell big
Thanks in part to its lead single “Little Bit of Everything,” Keith Urban’s newest album, Fuse, did a lot bit of winning on the Billboard charts this week, debuting at no. 1 with 102,000 units sold.
Avant-R&B star The Weeknd came in a close second with 98K for Kiss Land, while jewelry enthusiast/amateur chef 2 Chainz landed at no. 3 with 60K, country superstar Luke Bryan held up strong at no. 4 with 52K, Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady bowed in the top 5 with a respectable 47K, the Arctic Monkeys took the no. 6 spot with 39K, Sheryl Crow’s country-leaning Feels Like Home followed with 37K, Tamar Braxton dropped from 2 to 8 with 34K, and Ariana Grande, the queen of last week’s chart, dropped to no. 9.
Rounding out the top 10 was John Legend’s latest, Love in the Future.
Prince has always been just slightly ahead of his own time—at least musically.
Technologically, he’s been less eager to embrace the 21st century, even going as far as declaring the Internet “completely over” in a relatively recent interview.
But apparently he’s cool with Twitter, because the Purple One has begun sending out 140 character missives into the cyber-ether. The verified account @3rdEyeGirl has been active for a while, mostly as a depository for new tracks and photos from tours (3rd Eye Girl is the female trio who backs Prince up). But last night, Prince himself took over, announcing “PRINCE’S 1ST TWEET.”
So far, his missives have been less the revelatory, though we can confirm that he did in fact add too much pepper to this salad. (You’re welcome, Prince.) He’s also clearly getting the hang of various Twitter memes, since this is the worst selfie we’ve ever seen.
Still, he does know what a hashtag is, and clearly has gotten the hang of retweeting, as the last few dispatches from the account are from people marveling at the fact that Prince is now on Twitter, which completes the Internet circle of life.
One notable thing: @3rdEyeGirl is not following a single person on Twitter—not even Janelle Monae, whose new album features a guest appearance by Prince. Will you be the first person Prince follows? Tune in a few days from now to see how well he masters #FollowFriday.
It was clear from the start that the sold-out crowd at the Superdome Sunday night was there to see one woman and one woman only on the last night of the Essence Festival: Beyoncé. They were happy to check out the starting lineup of Janelle Monae and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank’s group) but it was the Mrs. Carter show that had expectations running high. And per her usual A-game performance, Beyoncé did not disappoint.
Her 90-minute show had the kind of big stadium scope that some of the festival’s other main stage acts lacked, including pyrotechnics, multiple costume changes and big dance numbers. Part of that big production delayed the concert start as the video screen displays required prolonged adjustment, but when Beyoncé came on the stage with “Run the World,” the stadium was ready for their queen to hold court. She radiated female empowerment, with her all female band and a predominantly female crew of dancers (her French dancers Les Twins are the only males on tour). She launched into her a mostly strident and aerobic show, all performed in killer heels of course, running through “If I were a Boy,” “Get Me Bodied,” “Naughty Girl,” “I Care,” Why Don’t You Love Me,” “1+1” (sultrily performed on top of a piano), “Irreplaceable,” “Love on Top,” “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies,” and “Grown Woman.” Her encore began with the chorus of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and led into “Halo.”
Throughout the show, interstitial clips of Beyoncé in various states played on the big screens– from a Queen of Versailles-type of set-up to highlights from her real life, all playing to the duality of Beyoncé’s image as larger-than-life superstar and regular girl we know and love. The singer expressed joy at being back in New Orleans and in the stadium where she performed the Super Bowl halftime show, all while letting the crowd know that she wanted them to get even more hyped, noting by the end of the show that “it took me a while to get you here,” but they were finally pumped enough for her satisfaction.
Earlier in the evening, Monae, hair in her recognizable pompadour and wearing a familiar white shirt, white pants and black riding boots outfit, played a set filled with tributes to some of her influences, including two different Prince covers (“Take Me With You,” “Let’s Go Crazy”). She belted out a couple of songs from old albums for the faithful (like “Cold War”) but steered clear of anything too recent, such as “Dance Apocalyptic,” which she released the video for last week. Monae did play her most familiar hit (“Tightrope”) to the hilt, with the James Brown cape bit and getting carried off stage. She returned to sing her encore “Come Alive (The War of Roses),” during which she ventured into the audience and got down on the floor of the aisle, then rock-starred it off the stage tossing her mic stand in her own mic-drop moment.
Mia Borders, Rachelle Ferrell, Luke James, Tamia, Kourtney Heart, Alice Smith, Marsha Ambrosius, and Mint Condition all played the smaller lounges around the Superdome. But the last day at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center belonged to the all-star gospel tribute to Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin, with powerhouse performances by the likes of Michelle Williams, Yolanda Adams, and Kim Burrell.
If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a pretty good day for new music.
In addition to a new single from Robin “I Know You Want It” Thicke, a snazzy music video from Les Phoenix, and a deep dive into Ciara’s shower-dancing technique, the ‘nets have yielded two more goodies thanks to Beck and Janelle Monae.
Titled “I Won’t Be Long,” Beck’s new track is his second standalone single of the summer and, like it’s predecessor “Defriended,” has an interestingly low-key but spacey Beta Band-ish vibe, with a dash of Spoon thrown into the mix.
Which, perhaps, is a long way of saying it’s very Beck; take a listen below:
The sexy, slinky, impossibly funky grooves of Janelle Monae’s new Erykah Badu-assisted single “Q.U.E.E.N.” demanded a next-level video, and the forward-thinking Monae has certainly delivered.
Last night, Monae pulled back the curtain on her new clip, which takes place in an alternate future that casts Monae and her musical accomplices as exhibits in a living museum, imprisoned there because of some sort of unsavory undermining of authority (or maybe they just got freaked out by Badu’s hair).
The video was directed by Alan Ferguson, who previously directed the clip for Monae’s “Many Moons” and has also guided spots for Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Fall Out Boy.
Check out the clip below, which stars Monae as herself and Badu as “Badoula Oblongata,” which is a fantastic alter ego. READ FULL STORY
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