Janelle Monáe Covers Vibe Vixen, Defines ‘Electric Lady’

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While preparing for the September 10th release of her forthcoming album, “The Electric Lady,” the beautiful and undeniably talented Janelle Monáe also graces the cover of the September 2013 issue of VIBE Vixen, along with a photo spread throughout the issue.

As always, the sophisticated songstress continues to embody her classic style in cover photos as well as in her interview that indulged fans into the woman behind Janelle Monáe Robinson.

For the cover story, the Covergirl spokesperson sat down with VIBE Vixen writer Deena Campbell to discuss style, sexuality, self-revelation, and the concept behind “The Electric Lady.”

“An electric lady is quirky, unafraid, epic and ‘nicety’—that’s when you’re being nice and nasty, noble and naughty, all at the same damn time, ” Monáe said in VIBE Vixen.

In the story, Monáe also went on to talk about her upbringing from a working-class family as the drive behind her sense of self.

The Electric Lady will include heavy-hitting collaborations from Prince, Esperanza Spalding, Miquel, Solange and Monáe’s best friend Erykah Badu.

Read the VIBE Vixen cover story here.

 

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Ledisi Announces ‘All The Way’ As New Single

As Ledisi continues to relish on her three deserving Grammy nominations, she selects “All the Way” as the new single from Let Love Rule.

Backed by beautiful strings and a piano, the New Orléans native relies on the attachment from her soulmate to make things right when she’s feeling down about life.

“Love me, with all of your heart / Will you love me / When things get too hard, and I need you more / Make sure you’re sure, that you’ll love me all the way,” sings Ledisi.

“All the Way” is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance while “High” is nominated for Best R&B Performance and Let Love Rule for Best R&B Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.

We’ll be rooting for Ledisi and all the other Grammy nominees. The Grammys will air live on Sunday, Jan. 28 from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30–11:00 p.m. ET/4:30–8:00 p.m. PT.

Go “All the Way” with Ledisi below.

Adrian Marcel Announces ‘GMFU Tour’ Dates

Adrian Marcel will hit the road this winter to support his debut album, GMFU (Got Me Fucked Up).

Starting on February 20, the Oakland, Calif. native will bring his smooth vocals to Atlanta at VINYL. He will travel to other cities on the east and west coast including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Sacramento. The tour will conclude on March 8 at New Parish in San Francisco.

Last May, Rated R&B chatted with Marcel about his oft-delayed debut album and his most personal song from the project. “Eastside Story” because it was only two people who had anything to do with it — me and Jan Hancock. We produced it. We wrote it. Arranged it. Recorded it. It was the first record that we recorded in the process of doing this album.”

See his tour dates below.

Tina Turner to Receive 2018 Special Merit Award From The Recording Academy

Music icon Tina Turner will receive her flowers this year. As part of the Recording Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards, the Private Dancer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking contributions to the field of recording.

The Queen of Rock and Roll has an impressive Grammy history. The global superstar has racked up a total of eight awards, dating back to 1972, for her “Proud Mary” duet with Ike Turner to her first solo win in 1985 for “What’s Love Got to Do With It” from her Private Dancer album.

Turner isn’t the only one to be honored. Other legendary recipients to include Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, and Queen.

The Recording Academy will hold a special award presentation ceremony and celebratory concert this summer.

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