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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Janelle Monae releases "Tightrope," new album details

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Janelle Monae premiered "Tightrope," the first song from her upcoming album The ArchAndroid, today on Pitchfork. It features a verse from Big Boi rapping over a groove Pitchfork appropriately calls "James Brown-style funk." (They also classify Ms. Monae as "futuristic R&B," which coincidentally makes me think of Travis Porter.) The jam is available for exclusive download from her website starting tomorrow, along with another song titled "Cold War."

As for album details, the follow-up to 2008's Metropolis: The Chase Suite is scheduled to sprout May 18 on Wondaland/Bad Boy Entertainment. Billed as an "EMOTION PICTURE," The ArchAndroid will also feature collabos from Of Montreal, Saul Williams and Wondaland's Deep Cotton. See more album details and scheduled Atlanta concert dates below the jump:

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.

In addition to being on the bill for this year's Lillith Tour, Monae will play extended dates at small venues across the country this spring, which included shows at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, April 5 and 6:

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 Schubas Tavern Chicago, IL

30 Schubas Tavern Chicago, IL

31 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN

APRIL

2 St. Andrews Detroit, MI

5 Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta, GA

6 Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta, GA

9 Joe’s Pub New York, NY

10 Joe’s Pub New York, NY

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