Janelle Monae Covers “Billboard,” Talks Collaborating With Miguel And Prince On Her Anticipated New Album

June 7, 2013  |  

“We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me,” says Janelle Monáe in the new issue of Billboard when discussing the oh-so extraordinary Prince. The icon is set to make an appearance in some capacity on Monáe’s new album, Electric Lady, which according to the magazine, will turn the pompadour-toting, black-and-white wearing singer “from iconoclast into icon.” In her interview, Monáe says that the Purple One is a good friend who is invested in her career, which is why he decided to do a collaboration with her — a rarity for Prince:

“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.

I had a chance to produce an icon. 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 album is set to debut in September, and we’re very excited about it. And not just because Prince is making his presence known on it, not just because we’re huge fans of The ArchAndroid, and not even just because “Fatbellybella” Erykah Badu has already made an appearance, but also because she’s working with another talented pompadour wearing individual — Miguel. The two will team up for a sultry jam called “Primetime.” All in all, with her new album, Monáe has an even deeper message to push to the masses:

“There are two different types of people: Some people come into this world to judge, some people come into this world to jam. Which one are you? It’s a question we should all ask ourselves. My job is to create art that starts a dialogue, to create songs and lyrics that ask society these questions, by using myself as a sacrificial lamb.”

To check out Monáe’s cover story in Billboard, be sure to pick it up on newsstands this week, and stay tuned for that new album in September. We’ll be sure to pick it up when it drops!

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