Janelle Monae's official store has a new product: the "J & B Tour" t-shirt
, featuring the artwork for the tour that Mars and Monae co-headlined.
that a solo version of Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" will be included on the soundtrack for the upcoming "Just Dance 3" video game.
"Just Dance 3" will be released on October 11 for the Sony PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii consoles.
Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" is featured in a new back to school commercial from Kmart, extolling on how the retailer has "got the look."
Buzzine has an interview
with Big Boi. Once of the questions he's asked pertains to discovering Janelle Monae. In his answer, he also discusses the type of artist Monae is and predicts that she's "gonna be here for a long time."
SG: You just shot the new video for “Be Still” with Janelle Monae. Janelle is obviously signed to your label as well, on the album. How did the two of your first connect?
BB: Janelle was singing background for an artist I had signed named Scar, and she used to be around, stank on the edges, a cute little school girl, and I caught her at open mic night at Justin’s – P. Diddy’s soul food restaurant in Atlanta – and I heard her singing and I told her I had to have her. I brought her in and just really vibed with her for some years, until it was time for her to come out. She’s one of those artists that you don’t have to lead the way on; you don’t have to hold their hand, they’ve always got input. I like artists with vision. She’s definitely one of those, and she’s gonna be here for a long time.
In the accompanying video from the interview, this comes up at the 1:50 mark.
Vanity Fair has a preview
of their 72nd annual International Best-Dressed list. Included on the list? Janelle Monae.
Thomas Conner of the Chicago Sun-Times
asked singer Sade what sort of music she listened to and she specifically mentioned Janelle Monae.
"I like Janelle Monae," she said. "I think she's sweet."
Today on Twitter, Janelle Monae announced
plans to release an instrumental album of "The ArchAndroid." She also mentions that "new music is/'has been done." It's unclear if this is for the instrumental album or for her upcoming (vocal) album.
In a post on his official blog
, U.K. singer Robbie Williams offered praise for Janelle Monae.
"Have you lot checked out Janelle Monae?," he wrote. "Go check the whole concept... she's come up with where it's at... me thinks. Inspiring and unique."
On Saturday, singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her home in London
. The Associated Press collected reactions
from many performers and public figures. Among them, Janelle Monae.
"I was honored then and I am now that I had the opportunity to share the same tour and stage with Amy this year in Brazil ... At our first meeting she was very shy, a sweet girl. Her first words to me were, 'It's so nice to meet you finally, I'm shy, you're a shy girl like me, huh?' ... I am so happy for her recordings as we will forever get to hear a rare talent with a voice all her own. There will never be a tone or vocal delivery like Amy's. May her music and voice live forever."