Catching up with all things Janelle Monáe ...
The "Tightrope" sensation performed KCRW Live Session with her band Saturday night in Santa Monica. The session will be broadcast July 2, reports the LA Times. "Monáe showed the lucky crowd of 150 people why she's got the pop cognoscenti all worked up. The rising star let loose her signature pompadour ("it's called a Monáe," she informed the crowd) during a high-energy outing that featured her intricate, powerful vocalizing along with expressive dancers in freaky costumes."
Photos of the KCRW Live Session are HERE.
Monáe and The ArchAndroid continue to receive phenomenal reviews. An excellent write-up today at The Scotsman describes her as a "pint-sized, extravagantly bequiffed dynamo from Atlanta who is destined to be the next big soul star to emerge from the U.S."
Janelle Monáe performs a brilliant cover of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" for Billboard's Mashup Mondays. Michael Jackson covered the classic on his 1995 album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The song later became so identified with the King of Pop—who died one year ago this week—that his brother Jermaine sung it at at his memorial. "Emotionally, I've been connected to this song for quite sometime," says Monáe. "It's one of those classic standards, it's been sung by a lot of the greats, Stevie Wonder to Nat King Cole to Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra."
Watch the performance WHEN YOU JUMP ...
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