Janelle Monáe Releases Two New Songs: ‘Make Me Feel’ and ‘Django Jane’

It’s officially Janelle Monáe season. The Grammy-nominated singer makes a strong return with two new songs and accompanying visuals — “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane.”

The visual for “Make Me Feel” was directed by Alan Ferguson (who is married to Solange). The colorful clip captures the spirited, celebratory voice of Monáe as she affectionately nods to the ripe sounds surrounding the 1980’s music and dance revolution. “It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender / An emotional, sexual bender / Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better / There’s nothing better,” she sings.

“Django Jane” shows Monáe in another light. The singer switches up her style for a more conscious, rap-inspired tune. The video was directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning with additional vagina monologue footage directed by Lacey Duke. The song is a powerful black girl magic womanifesto that celebrates the strength of black women and black culture while addressing the trials and tribulations of identity in the 21st Century.

Both tracks will appear on Monáe’s upcoming album, Dirty Computer, which is set to arrive on April 27. Monáe opened up about her new album in an interview with Beat 1’s Zane Lowe. “You know I always knew that I had to make this album,” she revealed. “I actually had this title on this concept before my first album The ArchAndriod and it scared me because a lot of the things that I knew that I needed to say were very deep, very personal, from the heart. You know this is an extremely vulnerable album and it took me a while to make it because I’m a self editor.

She continued, “I self-edit myself a lot. I’m like I don’t want to talk about this, I don’t want to talk about that. I had to kind of have people at Wonderland on my team to hold me accountable to it. They were like OK, you said you wanted to make this album before your first album, this is the opportunity for you to just really choose honesty over mystery. I know that there are a lot of things that I haven’t discussed and I think this is the album that you’ll get an opportunity to get a closer glimpse into my mind and into my heart.”

“Make Me Feel”

“Django Jane”

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Toni Braxton Shares Video for ‘Long As I Live’

Following the season six premiere of Braxton Family Values, Toni Braxton releases a visual for her latest single “Long As I Live.”

In the Mike Ho-directed video, Braxton and her dance partner showcase some smooth dance moves. Her sisters Tamar and Towanda also make an appearance in the video.

“Long As I Live” is the second single from Braxton’s new album, Sex & Cigarettes, out now on Def Jam Records. The song is currently No. 14 on Urban AC radio.

Watch Toni Braxton’s video for “Long As I Live” below.

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H.E.R. Releases Video for ‘Focus’

H.E.R. caps off this week with a visual for her fan-favorite track “Focus.”

The Sarah McColgan-directed clip follows H.E.R. as she tries to get her man’s attention. However, he’s so distracted by other things – like his phone. “Can you focus on me?” she sings.

“Focus” appears on the mysterious singer’s self-titled project that dropped last year. She is currently gearing up to release her debut album later this year.

In other news, H.E.R. is set to perform at the Broccoli City Festival in Washington, D.C. on April 28, alongside Miguel and Daniel Caesar.

Watch H.E.R.’s “Focus” video below.

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702’s Meelah Returns with New Song ‘Desert Love’

Meelah, of R&B group 702, took a short hiatus from her solo career but she’s back. The R&B vet returns with “Desert Love,” a smooth jam produced and co-written by J-Trx.

Backed by an enticing beat, Meelah finds herself all in her feelings thinking about the good times with an old lover. She wishes she could take him back but she can’t seem to get passed the errors of his ways.

Meelah was on the verge of releasing his debut album a few years ago but the stars were not aligned for her to successfully drop it. Now, with the support of her new label home, SoulStar Music Group, Meelah is ready to share her new music with the world.

“Timing is everything,” Meelah said in a statement. “Releasing a project has been a long awaited moment for me so when SoulStar Music Group approached me I was truly humbled and excited to record my debut solo album.”

“Desert Love” is just an appetizer before Meelah releases the official first single from her untitled debut album, which is set to be released on SoulStar Music Group / eOne Music later this year.

Listen to “Desert Love” below.

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