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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 »

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 »

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 was… More »

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Watch Grimes Perform With Janelle Monáe In Atlanta

With all the intense, visceral songs on Grimes' ridiculously good new album Art Angels, it's fun to imagine how badass her current live show might…
Tom Breihan | November 12, 2015 - 8:31 am

Caroline Polachek Explains Why Ariel Pink Was A Dick To Chairlift On Tour

On Friday, Grimes took over SiriusXM's SiriusXMU channel, playing songs from her fantastic new album Art Angels in addition to music by artists like Le…
Peter Helman | November 10, 2015 - 7:31 pm

Duran Duran – “Pressure Off” (Feat Nile Rodgers & Janelle Monáe) Video

Duran Duran's fourteenth studio album, Paper Gods, was released back in September and features an impressive list of collaborators. Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers, and Mark…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | October 21, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Jeezy – “Sweet Life” (Feat. Janelle Monaé) + Politically Correct EP

Atlanta rap monarch Young Jeezy has a new album called Church In These Streets coming out next month, and he's lately been sharing a whole…
Tom Breihan | October 12, 2015 - 10:25 am

Stream Roman GianArthur’s R&B Radiohead x D’Angelo Covers EP OK Lady

Roman GianArthur is a member of Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Arts Society, the group of Atlanta R&B weirdos that also counts "Classic Man" singer Jidenna among…
Chris DeVille | September 10, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Janelle Monáe Addresses Iggy Azalea Controversy On Hot 97, Gets Cut Off Speaking About Police Brutality On TODAY

The DJ Mustard soundalike synth burbles on "Classic Man," the insanely catchy breakout hit by Janelle Monáe associate Jidenna, sound a lot like the DJ…
Peter Helman | August 15, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Janelle Monáe, Jidenna, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton & Roman GianArthur – “Hell You Talmbout”

Yesterday, Janelle Monáe and her entire Wondaland Arts Society crew -- which includes St. Beauty, Deep Cotton, Roman GianArthur, and "Classic Man" hitmaker Jidenna --…
Tom Breihan | August 13, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Watch Duran Duran, Janelle Monáe, & Nile Rodgers Perform “Pressure Off” Live For The First Time At Fold Fest

Over the past two days, Nile Rodgers' FOLD Festival took place at Martha Clara VIneyards in Long Island. Headlining the second day was Duran Duran,…
James Rettig | August 6, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Watch The Weeknd & Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe Play The BET Awards

Last night, BET held its big annual awards show, and we've already posted the video of Kendrick Lamar opening the show by performing "Alright." But…
Tom Breihan | June 29, 2015 - 9:14 am

Duran Duran – “Pressure Off” (Feat. Janelle Monae & Nile Rodgers)

A few days ago, legendary '80s band Duran Duran announced Paper Gods, their fourteenth studio album and their first in five years. They've assembled an…
Peter Helman | June 20, 2015 - 1:12 pm

Duran Duran Announce Paper Gods LP Feat. Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza, Lindsay Lohan

Duran Duran have announced that their fourteenth studio album Paper Gods -- their first record since 2010's All You Need Is Now -- will be…
James Rettig | June 15, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Watch Janelle Monáe & Jidenna Do “Yoga” With The Roots On Fallon

A few years ago, Janelle Monáe teamed with the Roots to cover Jimi Hendrix on Jimmy Fallon's Late Night show. Monáe and the Roots have…
Tom Breihan | May 19, 2015 - 9:03 am

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…
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…
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…
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…
James Rettig | January 14, 2015 - 1:27 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…
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…
Miles Bowe | August 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm
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