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This is the kind of music that makes you want to get married, just so that you can play these songs at the wedding reception. This is the kind of album that makes you want to buy a new system for your car or some Bose/Beats headphones, just so that you can have the music as close to your brain as possible. This is the kind of album that makes you move all of your furniture out of the house and put a swimsuit on. It is open your doors and windows, lay a slip in slide on your front lawn, tell the Mass Choir they can take Sunday off because we are playing “The ArchAndroid” kind of music.

It just feels so damn good. You hear me? This music will make you take off ALL of your clothes. (trust me) It will make you feel like squirting water guns, putting whoopee cushions in chairs, reading books, writing books, making new colors, and painting new numbers. It will make you want to have Toga parties and trim your hedges into the shapes of dinosaurs. It will make you bake cakes and blow bubbles, it will make you feel like having food fights. It will help you find your peace.

You’ll hear it soon! I wish I could be with everyone the first time they hear it cover to cover. This is the kind of album that will have you stand on your desk and hop cubicle to cubicle. It will make you start exercising again, just to have uninterrupted time to listen. It will transform you. It will make you believe…in yourself.

The ArchAndroid will be the soundtrack to your involvement, your ambition, and your freedom.

May 18th, 2010

The ArchAndroidSuites II & III
1. Suite II Overture
2. Dance Or Die (featuring Saul Williams)
3. Faster
4. Locked Inside
5. Sir Greendown
6. Cold War
7. Tightrope (featuring Big Boi)
8. Neon Gumbo
9. Oh, Maker
10. Come Alive (The War of The Roses)
11. Mushrooms & Roses
12. Suite III Overture
13. Neon Valley Street
14. Make The Bus (featuring Of Montreal)
15. Wondaland
16. 57821 (featuring Deep Cotton)
17. Say You’ll Go
18. BabopbyeYa


Janelle Monáe: The history behind the ArchAndroid Crown

The ArchAndroid Crown: Designed by Zoman Ignatius, the half-elf, half-human mystic, reportedly 500 years ago. According to legend, the crown has several magic properties, as well as innovative technologies that can be employed only by The ArchAndroid. Zoman was a consummate inventor, artist and sculptor, a cross between Tesla and Da Vinci, and as such, he designed the crown to be a work of beauty that would embody the very spirit of Metropolis. According to legend, the crown features prominent Metropolis buildings and towers that will light up radiantly when the one and only true ArchAndroid wears the crown. According to the Daily Horos, this opulent headdress was stolen from the vaults in the Black House, reportedly by 1954, in October of 2715. Several members of 1954 were hunted down and executed for this crime. But the crown was never found. Many claim it has been secreted away to the Wonderground. There is word that in the year 2010, several 1954 operatives have crafted a replica of this historic headdress to be worn by Janelle Monáe in anticipation for her album The ArchAndroid…no word on whether or not this replica has magic properties… The Living Cyktionary, 9th Edition


New Janelle Monáe music!!!! Tightrope ft Big Boi

Tightrope feat Big Boi

NEW YORK, NY — 02/11/10 — Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy recording artist Janelle Monáe has announced the release of her eagerly awaited debut album. “The ArchAndroid” will arrive in stores and at all DSPs on May 18th.

The album will be heralded by the first single, “Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi).” The track will premiere on Thursday, February 11th on, with a companion song from “The ArchAndroid,” entitled “Cold War,” debuting the following day via Monáe’s official website, Both songs will be available for purchase exclusively at the site beginning February 12th, and then at all DSPs on February 23rd. In addition, a music video for “Tightrope” is currently in pre-production.

“The ArchAndroid” is an “EMOTION PICTURE” brought to you by Janelle Monáe and the Mad Minds of the Wondaland Arts Society. 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 but not limited to 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.

A ground-breaking, genre-blurring singer, songwriter, producer, and performer, Monáe’s inventive style melds a refined pop sensibility with an extraordinary postmodern mash-up of soul, funk, and rock ‘n’ roll. Like Sly Stone, Prince, and OutKast, Monáe proves that innovative music can jam, while simultaneously inventing new concepts and sounds. “The ArchAndroid” follows the Grammy Award-nominated artist’s two acclaimed EPs, 2008’s “METROPOLIS: THE CHASE SUITE (SPECIAL EDITION)” and “METROPOLIS: SUITE I OF IV,” both of which received extensive critical praise upon their initial releases.

Monáe is slated for a variety of live dates and TV appearances surrounding the release of “The ArchAndroid.” A charismatic and unique live performer who has previously toured with No Doubt, Paramore, Erykah Badu, and Raphael Saadiq, she will also be doing a series of exclusive residencies in a number of cities across North America (see itinerary below) — full details will be announced shortly via

What’s more, Monáe is set to join this summer’s much anticipated 2010 Lilith Tour, joining a star-studded array of female artists including Sarah MacLachlan, Norah Jones, Mary J. Blige, Loretta Lynn, Tegan & Sara, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, and many others. Full tour details will be unveiled shortly.

Janelle Monáe is a true 21st Century musical phenomenon, earning widespread acclamation for her compelling cybersoul sound. The Atlanta-based artist — who first garnered national attention for her collaborations with Big Boi on OutKast’s “IDLEWILD” — has been profiled in a wide range of national publications, including Vogue, GQ, SPIN, Nylon, PAPER, Essence, and the New York Times.

“A very different kind of diva,” declared Vogue. “Monáe creates this futuristic world of hers by synthesizing past inspirations: the operatic pop and hornlike sharpness of Shirley Bassey, the energetic funk of James Brown, and the breezy rock and soul of OutKast,” said Creative Loafing. “‘It’s been awhile since I felt so fully enraptured and bemused and awed as I did when she was on stage,” proclaimed Paste, while Vibe noted, “Monáe’s upcoming album is poised to bring an eclectic, urbane feel to today’s R&B.” “Janelle Monáe is honing her completely individual skills as a very exciting solo artist,” said the UK’s Blag, “not only in sound but very much in style.”

Monáe has also drawn accolades from fellow artists across the musical spectrum. “What I love about Janelle is that she has a magical ability to bring folks together,” says Big Boi, while his partner in OutKast, Andre “3000” Benjamin declares, “Ms. Monáe has one of the most enchanting voices of our generation. She’s a living, singing babydoll. Darling… just darling. Ha.”

Legendary artist Prince hails Janelle, saying, “She is so smart.” “Janelle Monáe is one of the most important signings of my career,” proclaims Sean “Diddy” Combs. “She is a true visionary, with an original sound and a mesmerizing presence. I can’t wait to watch the future unfold for Janelle.”

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Janelle Monáe On Tour 2010

15 Washington, DC Black Cat
17 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
18 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
21 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
22 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
23 Los Angeles, CA The Viper Room
24 Los Angeles, CA The Viper Room
29 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
30 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
31 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater

2 Detroit, MI St. Andrews
5 Atlanta, GA Smith’s Olde Bar
6 Atlanta, GA Smith’s Olde Bar
9 New York, NY Joe’s Pub
10 New York, NY Joe’s Pub

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