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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 wa… More »

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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 a…
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

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…
Peter Helman | July 30, 2014 - 11:22 am

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,…
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…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2014 - 9:41 am
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