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Janelle Monáe

Monáe performing at the Austin Music Hall during SXSW, March 2009
Background information
Birth name Janelle Robinson
Born December 1, 1985 (1985-12-01) (age 24)
Origin Kansas City, United States
Genres Afro-punk, Alternative Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Rock and Roll, Dance-Punk, New Wave
Occupations Artist, Performer, Producer
Years active 2003–present
Labels The Wondaland Arts Society
Bad Boy Records
Atlantic Records

Janelle Monáe is a Grammy Award-nominated American singer, songwriter, and performer. She is currently signed to the Wondaland Arts Society, and Bad Boy/Atlantic Records.



Janelle Monáe, a Kansas City, Kansas native, moved to New York to study theatre at the American Musical Academy. Her original plan was to pursue a career on Broadway, but she soon changed her mind and returned to her love for music, an art form which, according to her, has the potential to change the world.[1]

After moving to Atlanta, GA, where she met OutKast's Big Boi, Monáe founded the Wondaland Arts Society with like-minded young artists and made a couple of appearances on Idlewild, where she is featured on the songs "Call The Law" and "In Your Dreams."

By 2007, Monáe was ready to release her first solo work, entitled Metropolis. It was originally conceived as a concept album in four parts, or "suites," which were to be released through her website and mp3 download sites. After the release of the first part of the series, Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase in mid-2007, these plans were altered following her signing with Sean "Diddy" Combs' label, Bad Boy Records, later in the year. The label gave an official and physical release to the first "suite" in August 2008, which was retitled Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition) and included two new tracks. The EP was generally well-received by critics, garnering Monáe a 2009 Grammy nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single "Many Moons" [2], festival appearances and opening slots for the indie pop band Of Montreal.

Monáe also toured as the opening act for band No Doubt on their summer 2009 tour.[3] Her single, "Open Happiness," was featured in the 2009 season finale of American Idol. [4]

In a November 2009 interview, Monáe revealed the title and concept behind her upcoming album, The Arch Android. The album is set to be released on the 18th of May 2010 . The second and third suites of "Metropolis" will be combined into this full-length release, in which Monáe's alter-ego, Cindi Mayweather—also the protagonist of Metropolis: The Chase Suite—will become a messiah-esque figure to the android community of Metropolis.[5]



  • 2003 The Audition
  • 2007 Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase
  • 2008 Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)
  • 2010 The ArchAndroid [6]




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