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Janelle Monáe & Jidenna – “Yoga” Video

If you've seen Birdman, then the opening shot of Janelle Monáe and Jidenna's new video will look somewhat familiar. Monáe hovers several feet off of the floor, her legs crossed in a full-lotus position. One can only assume that she's achieved spiritual enlightenment seeing as how she's, you know, levitating. "Yoga" is a spluttering dance… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 13, 2015 - 10:05 am

Janelle Monáe & Jidenna – “Yoga”

Janelle Monáe is the type of songwriter who's more likely to write a concept album about funky future cyborgs than she is to do a simple dance-craze song. So now that she's actually made a dance-craze song, it makes sense that it's about yoga, which is not, by most definitions, an actual dance. The single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2015 - 9:38 am

Solange Enlists Beyoncé, Dave Longstreth, Ariel Rechtshaid, A-Trak To Reflect On D’Angelo’s Voodoo

January 25 marked the 15th anniversary of D'Angelo's seminal Voodoo. Its follow-up, Black Messiah, dropped out of nowhere back in December and it's a total masterpiece. If anything, it underscores Voodoo's well-established greatness. Solange's label, Saint Records, published an homage to Voodoo on the site Saint Heron, asking for musicians to contribute a few word… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Chris Martin, Janelle Monáe, Willie Nelson To Play Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life Tribute Concert

Next month, CBS will air Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life, a tribute to the legendary musician that was put together by the Recording Academy and, naturally, features a ton of Grammy award winners. Performers include Chris Martin, Janelle Monáe, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran, and Usher, and they promise us that there will… More »

By: James Rettig / January 14, 2015 - 1:27 pm

10 Cover Songs By Chvrches, Ranked

It was just over two years ago that Glasgow trio Chvrches first tapped their synth keys into our hearts with their dark, romantic pop. Aside from their Recover EP and full-length debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the band has given us a lot of listening material, covering songs by many other artists at… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 17, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Watch Janelle Monáe Sing On Sesame Street

Back in January, Billboard went behind the scenes of Sesame Street while Janelle Monaé was filming a guest spot, and the episode she was set to appear in has finally aired. She sang a song called "The Power Of Yet" that's all about learning from your mistakes and trying again. Feist and Tilly And TheMore »

By: James Rettig / September 10, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2014

Øyafestivalen has now entered its 13th year, and last week, the Norwegian festival's 2014 iteration filled Oslo with excellent artists. There were folk musicians like Angel Olsen and Bill Callahan alongside electronic artists like Todd Terje and Darkside alongside major headlining acts like Outkast, Robyn, and Queens Of The Stone Age. We sent photographer ClintMore »

By: Miles Bowe / August 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There was a lot of nudity and violence and crisp, vivid black-and-white in this week's music videos, but most of the videos that leaned heavily on those tropes didn't make it onto this week's countdown. The videos that did the best this week relied on their performers' charisma, and they burst with joy and movement… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 1, 2014 - 10:56 am

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… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 30, 2014 - 11:22 am

The 10 Best Sets At Bonnaroo 2014

It has to be a toss-up between Coachella and Bonnaroo as to which is our most iconic currently active American festival. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I found the earlier years of Bonnaroo somewhat mythic -- I had friends who would make summer trips down to the festival, and they talked about it like it wa… More »

By: Ryan Leas / June 16, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Watch Video Of Bonnaroo’s Skrillex Superjam Feat. Lauryn Hill, Warpaint, Zedd, Robbie Krieger, A$AP Ferg, Janelle Monáe, & Others

Skrillex was tasked with putting together this year's Bonnaroo Superjam and he curated a star-studded lineup, including Lauryn Hill, Warpaint, Zedd, Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger, A$AP Ferg, Janelle Monáe, Thundercat, and more. Most of the artists stuck to covers, with Warpaint doing their take on Technotronic's "Pump Up The Jam" and David Bowie's "Let's Dance,"… More »

By: James Rettig / June 15, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Watch Janelle Monáe Cover David Bowie On Letterman

The World Cup starts today, and so it makes sense that Janelle Monáe was on Letterman last night, performing her Pepsi-sponsored, World Cup-themed cover of David Bowie's "Heroes." It can be easy to get cynical about corporate involvement in both sports and music, and Monáe's tinnily celebratory version of the song has none of Bowie'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2014 - 9:41 am

The 10 Best Sets At Governors Ball 2014

I recognize this is an issue of taste, but Governors Ball 2014 was a little bit of a mixed bag for me. There were two headliners I loved, and they conflicted, and I had no interest in the subsequent four on Saturday and Sunday. After being impressed and surprised repeatedly on Friday, I had a… More »

By: Ryan Leas / June 9, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Watch Janelle Monáe On The Maya Rudolph Show

Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph stopped by her old stomping grounds to impersonate Beyoncé, but her primary area of focus these days is The Maya Rudolph Show, an old-fashioned primetime variety show that debuted last night. Inspired by the likes of Carol Burnett, Rudolph's first show featured comedy sketches, a live band led by… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 20, 2014 - 11:00 am

Janelle Monáe – “Heroes” Video

Last month, for a Pepsi ad campaign, Janelle Monáe released a cover of David Bowie's beyond-classic "Heroes." She also reportedly filmed an interactive video for the song in Rio de Janeiro, with an assortment of global soccer heroes making cameos. This isn't that. Instead, director Alyssa Pankiw has put together a video about a grou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 12, 2014 - 10:01 am

Skrillex, Janelle Monaé, Warpaint, Chance The Rapper, Thundercat To Join Forces For Bonnaroo Superjam

Bonnaroo has announced the lineups for a trio of Superjams at this year's festival. The annual improv sessions have previously featured D'Angelo's return to the public eye and the one-time-only collision of John Oates, R. Kelly, and Billy Idol, and at least one of this year's two lineups seems primed to offer something memorable. That'd… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Indie Rock’s R&B Movement Reaches Its Saturation Point

A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn't the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Coachella 2014: The 8 Best Things From Friday

The first day of Coachella brought us the first Outkast concert since 2006, the fourth Replacements concert since 1991, and the first time Haim was on the festival grounds legally. (According to Este, the sisters have been hopping the fence since 2004.) It spawned thoughts in my brain such as "Wow, Chromeo is now famou… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 12, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Watch OutKast Reunite At Coachella

Looking back, it's hard to believe that there was ever any doubt that an OutKast reunion would happen. When the rumor mill started up last fall, it seemed like a pipe dream but here we are a few months later and OutKast is headlining over 40 festivals this year in their first tour since the… More »

By: James Rettig / April 12, 2014 - 8:10 am

Watch Janelle Monáe Return To Today

The last time Janelle Monáe made an appearance on The Today Show, she rocked the stage with her track "Dance Apocalyptic." Stopping by again today, Monáe sang the lively "What Is Love" from the Rio 2 movie soundtrack, as well as "Electric Lady" from her second studio album, The Electric Lady. Watch below. More »

By: Taylor Law / April 9, 2014 - 3:46 pm
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