Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Janelle Monáe - "What is Love"

Janelle Monáe's voice will be heard as a veterinarian in the movie Rio 2, released in the U.S. on April 11th, 2014, and her song "What is Love" will be featured on the soundtrack.

In August 2012, Monáe was chosen as CoverGirl's newest spokeswoman. In September 2012, Monáe performed at CarolinaFest in support of President Obama, just before the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. In October 2012, Monáe starred in a commercial for the Sonos Wireless HiFi home audio system, and appeared in a Sonos commercial in 2012 with Deep Cotton.

The Electric Lady, her second studio album, was released on September 6, 2013 by Wondaland Arts Society and Bad Boy Records. It is the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut studio album, The ArchAndroid (2010), and as the aforementioned, it has received universal acclaim from music critics. This album serves as the fourth and fifth installments of her seven-part Metropolis concept series. Musically, The Electric Lady incorporates influences of hip hop soul, funk, gospel, jazz and rock.

The "short film," as Monae bills it, is perhaps the most vivid picture we have yet of her Metropolis. The scene: a droid sale, part fashion show, part slave auction, in which dozens of riding-gear-clad Cindy Mayweather clones strut for an audience including fanged "tech dandy" Chung Knox, Neon Valley crimelord Mousey, jealous Metropolis police commander 6ix Savage, and "punk prophets" (Deep Cotton, musicians from the present and Monae's collaborators). Against this backdrop, Cindy does what she's destined to do: rock out with a superhuman energy that ultimately short-circuits her. The video ends with a quote from Cindy that evokes the Underground Railroad: "I imagined many moons in the sky, lighting the way to freedom."

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