Janelle Monáe: Debut Album w/ Big Boi, Saul Williams, Diddy

Janelle Monáe Releases Debut Album The ArchAndroid

Janelle Monáe
Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy recording artist Janelle Monáe has announced the release of her debut album. The ArchAndroid will arrive in stores and at all DSPs on May 18.

The ArchAndroid is an "Emotion Picture" brought to you by Janelle Monáe and the Mad Minds of the Wondaland Arts Society. The star-studded cast includes the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, punk prophets Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra.

The album was recorded at Wondaland Studios in Atlanta, but written all over the world, including but not limited to Moscow, Prague, Istanbul, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and the Palace of the Dogs. The ArchAndroid was inspired not only by the energy of these places, but by such revolutionary musicians and artistic visionaries as Salvador Dalí, Walt Disney, OutKast, Stevie Wonder, Octavia Butler, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, and John Williams. The album was Executive Produced by Nate Wonder, Chuck Lightning, Janelle Monáe, and Sean "Diddy" Combs, with Co-Executive Production from Big Boi of OutKast.

The ArchAndroid follows the Grammy Award-nominated artist's two acclaimed EPs, 2008's Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition) and Metropolis: Suite I of IV.

Monáe is set to join this summer’s much anticipated 2010 Lilith Tour, joining a star-studded array of female artists including Sarah MacLachlan, Norah Jones, Mary J. Blige, Loretta Lynn, Tegan & Sara, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, and many others.

Tour Dates
3/15/10 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
3/17/10 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
3/18/10 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
3/21/10 - Café Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
3/22/10 - Café Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
3/23/10 - The Viper Room - Los Angeles, CA
3/24/10 - The Viper Room - Los Angeles, CA
3/29/10 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
3/30/10 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
3/31/10 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN
4/02/10 - St. Andrews - Detroit, MI
4/05/10 - Smith’s Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
4/06/10 - Smith’s Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
4/09/10 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY
4/10/10 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY


[Published on: 2/18/10]

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