Posts Tagged ‘tightrope

03
Jun
10

I’ve been a fan of Lil Buck for quite some time.

So it should be no surprise that after one of my nightly shifts of scouring the net for Jane’s content, that I found this. This boy has a gift from God that is undeniable.

15
Apr
10

Now let me see you do the Tightrope…

So the little(st) homie Ladia Yates hit me up early yesterday and asked me if she should make a tutorial on how to do the Tightrope. I said, “Absolutely!” Being the youtube sensation that she is and always having her bite sized camera in her bite sized hands, she put together this tutorial for all of you that have been rewinding the Tightrope video for the last 2 weeks.

Watch and learn!!

31
Mar
10

Janelle Monáe’s “Tightrope” Music Video in HD!!!!

So many of you have seen the trailer and even more of you have seen the video by now. I have gotten all of the tweets, etc asking why I hadn’t yet posted it on my blog. Well, I thought I’d wait for that high definition and here it is.

This video is the kind of video that makes you want to body roll at your desk.  It has moments that you will remember while you are on the train listening to Tightrope on repeat on your iPod (or your Zune) and as one of the creatives involved, I feel comfortable in letting you know that a great deal of hard work and thought went into the pre-production, performance, wardrobing, and especially the editing of this project. So many people have said that they have listened to the song over and over and over and it has yet to stop jamming.  It is our sincere hope that you experience the same re-playability with this video.

Special thanks to all of the interns in the Wondaland Arts Society. The production team told us that we have “the best interns in the world!” Thanks to Jannie, Wendy, Par, and whoever was responsible for the McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches.

This project is the second music video of Janelle Monáe’s that I have had the pleasure of working on/in.  Undeniably a labor of love, I can tell you that this project (THE ARCHANDROID May 18th) is going to be one of the most emotional experiences you have ever had with music. As you watch this video, remember this moment and know that one day you will be packing your children’s lunches in Janelle Monáe lunchboxes.

Stay tuned for the Beyond the Video spot and some exclusive footage of the Making of the Tightrope video.

*If you look really closely, you might see someone you recognize.

29
Mar
10

JANELLE MONáE “Tightrope” [OFFICIAL VIDEO PREVIEW]

16
Feb
10

Janelle Monáe’s “Tightrope”


I am uber excited that people are going to get to hear this music and create for themselves the kinds of situations that it was intended to inspire. In my mind, I see subway riders listening to their playlists on the way home from a hard day of work, flipping through their USA today and coming across this list, then going home and downloading the song and having a better ride to work the next day then they have ever had. (sweat under their business suits and bobby pins dangling from their unraveled coifs) The picture is here for you to see, but the
full article is just a click away.

11
Feb
10

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 Pitchfork.com, with a companion song from “The ArchAndroid,” entitled “Cold War,” debuting the following day via Monáe’s official website, http://www.janellemonae.com. 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 http://www.janellemonae.com.

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.”

For additional information, please visit http://www.janellemonae.com and http://www.myspace.com/janellemonae. Follow Janelle Monáe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JanelleMonae.

Janelle Monáe On Tour 2010

MARCH
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

APRIL
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

Contact:
Cara Donatto
818.238.6819
cara.donatto@atlanticrecords.com

Marisa Bianco
212.707.2025
Marisa.bianco@atlanticrecords.com




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