Janelle Monáe - "Electric Lady" Video

Janelle Monáe’s blast of an album, The Electric Lady, came out almost a year ago. So it’s a bit of a surprise to be getting a video for its title track today — but hey, any Janelle Monáe-related news is good news, right? The video shows Monáe going to an Electro Phi Beta sorority party (emeritus members include Kimbra and T-Boz), which eventually turns into choreographed dancing, because of course it does. The whole thing looks like a hell of a lot of fun, and you can watch it below.

A press release for the clip includes Electric Lady endorsements from Barack and Michelle Obama:

First Lady Michelle Obama on Janelle Monáe:

“First of all, I am honored to be the first Electric Lady. I got my letter in the mail — I framed it; it’s up.

I love that she is one of the young artists here who is making music that means something. She has a message. She has a voice. She has a power in her. And she understands the responsibility she has within her grasp to take these opportunities and just take off with them. She serves as a role model and an inspiration to so many young people. And I am happy to call her my friend. I am so proud of her.”

President Barack Obama on Janelle Monáe:

“Janelle has performed at the White House, like, 15 times. There’s going to be an official Janelle Monae room in the White House. We love her. Michelle and I love Janelle. We love her energy. We love her talent. But we most of all love her character. And anybody who gets a chance to talk to her, this is just a remarkable, strong, smart young lady.

And I have to say nice things about her because she may be the only person in possession of a video in which I try to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor. Now, this is top secret. She has promised that this will never be released. But she can blackmail me at any time.”

The Electric Lady is out now on Wondaland/Bad Boy.

Comments (2)
  1. You have touched on an interesting phenomenon: Janelle Monae needs more material to handle all her now superstar status. A status for which she had been sweating and hoping for ten years, and which has just hit her and run over her like a train a mile long for about twelve months now.

    Sure, she has been respected and loved by many of the greats of the entertainment industry, Sean Combs, Big Boi, David Letterman, (oh yes, really), but they would only need a few performances and a handful of CDs to pass round to be quite content with the output from such a special young hopeful.

    But Janelle’s genuine, once in a lifetime, (Well I’m a youngster of 66 years old, and I’ve so far encountered no-one to match Janelle, and I don’t expect to live long enough too encounter another one of her drive and talent!), genius has attracted a far broader, far more mainstream fan-base, demanding more material they can buy. The voracious masses want their own little bit of Janelle, and, although it is certain that her fantastic mind contains more than enough for a few albums it will not be available until it has been honed to the consistent perfection the Electric Lady demands of herself.

    In the meanwhile Janelle is fulfilling bookings she seems t be fulfilling even though they do nothing fo her career. Superstars do not try desperately to show enthusiasm for a gig where she has had the position of “low- profile backing singer” to a lady who may have been melodious many years ago. No names… I also suspect that a hell for leather sprint around the time zones of Australia to share the billing with a charming but boring young singer at gigs for which the publicity was so feeble it was almost confidential. Keeping promises to support respected but past their sell-by date , one gig at a time, is one thing, but participating in a mess would not have done Janelle any good at all. That may be no more than hypothesis, but it very closely fits the events which went through predictable stages; Janelle’s recovery from whatever laid her low one day in time for frenetic gigs a few days later was mysterious and/or miraculous.

    For me it’s a case of begging Janelle to slow down the public appearances, to be able to accelerate her next album. Ain’t too proud to beg…

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