Janelle Monae Billboard June 2013 – Cover

Janelle Monáe Covers Billboard, Confirms Prince & Miguel Collabs on ‘Electric Lady’

Janelle Monáe Covers Billboard (June 16, 2013)

Janelle Monáe Covers Billboard (June 16, 2013)

Covering the June 16, 2013 issue of Billboard Magazine is Janelle Monáe, whose Electric Lady will finally descend upon our ears in September via her label Wondaland Arts Society (and Bad Boy/Atlantic).

The futuristic soul diva says the sophomore set will “tell universal stories in unforgettable ways.”

The album will include guest appearances by Janelle’s equally unique peers Miguel and music legend Prince, who rarely jumps on another artist’s project.

“We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me. It’s a beautiful thing to have a friend — someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world — give whatever they possibly can to the cause.

It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it.”

The set, co-produced by two Wondaland artists, psych-punk act Deep Cotton, who appear in her Sonos commercial, and soul composer Roman GianArthur, is led by the funky Erykah Badu-assisted Q.U.E.E.N.

Released April 23, the single reached over 4 million YouTube views in a week and has sold 31,000 copies.

Janelle Monae for Billboard June 2013

Janelle Monae for Billboard June 2013

We’ve waited three years for the follow-up to Janelle’s 2010 debut, The ArchAndroid, but she assures us it’s all about timing:

“We took our time to work on it. We felt a shift in the world … a shift in our music and freedom, with life and politics and where we are as a society. Every time is not always the right time for you to come out with something. You just get a feeling [when the time is right].

We call that listening to our ‘soul clock.’ As you can see, we got about 60 clocks up there [in the foyer] that we look at as inspiration.

That tells us to listen to our soul clock, because we’re giving you 60 different times up there: You really have to go with your compass.”

Listen: Deep Cotton – “WE’RE FAR ENOUGH FROM HEAVEN NOW WE CAN FREAK OUT” (Sonos Commericial song)

Listen: Roman GianArthur – “I-69”