Last week, Monáe released her highly anticipated video for “Primetime ” featuring Miguel.
The Grammy nominated artist also kicked off “The Electric Tour,” in support of her new album, “The Electric Lady,” which runs through November. Click here for more on tour dates and to check out the Prime Time Video.
“As she tore through 90-plus minutes of riveting R&B, Monáe proved that she has James Brown’s legs, Little Richard’s pompadour and a voice that can channel the Pixies, the Jacksons, Cab Calloway, Parliament-Funkadelic, OutKast, Grace Jones, Tina Turner and Prince.” – Washington Post
“The diminutive dervish is a polymorphous perpetual motion machine onstage, displaying dance moves evocative of everyone from Gene Kelly to James Brown, who was referenced in a winning homage during her funk workout “Tightrope” in which she collapsed on stage before being helped to her feet and wrapped in a cape.”- Philadelphia Inquirer
“She too wants to battle for pop supremacy. She just may get it.” – Baltimore Sun
Bad Boy/Wondaland/Atlantic recording artist Janelle Monáe made a spectacular chart debut with her acclaimed new album, “THE ELECTRIC LADY.” The collection arrived at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 – Monáe’s highest chart entry to date – as well as #3 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” ranking. “The Electric Tour” kicks off this Sunday, October 13th at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory and then continue through late November (see attached itinerary). Monáe recently received 5 nominations for the Soul Train Awards. Nominations include Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Video of the Year, Best Dance Performance, Best Collaboration, and The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.
In addition to its popular success, “THE ELECTRIC LADY” has received extraordinary critical acclaim from all corners of the globe. “A show-stopping display of force and talent,” declared Pitchfork in its “Best New Music”–rated rave, while The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis hailed the collection as “audacious, intrepid and brilliantly executed.” “The record sparkles with personality and élan,” said Britain’s The Observer, “a supercharged collection of funk, soul, and jazz.” “(Monáe) maintains her chill over skillet-hot tracks like the disco-rocking ‘We Were Rock n’ Roll’ and the jumping ‘Dance Apocalyptic,’” noted Entertainment Weekly. “Fantastic,” applauded NME, “another entertaining showcase for Monáe’s many gifts.” “(‘THE ELECTRIC LADY’) weaves hiphop soul, Seventies funk, gospel, jazz and rock while dropping references to sci-fi author Philip K. Dick and ghetto-revolutionary politics,” wrote Rolling Stone, “but Monáe holds it together through sheer force of freakadelic will and a radical feminist’s sense of self-exploration.” Perhaps SPIN said it best: “Our ears and eyes remain affixed to this brilliantly realized persona.”