Perform a hard reset. Janelle Monáe has released Dirty Computer, her first album since 2013’s The Electric Lady.
The 14-track LP, which is accompanied by an “emotion picture,” includes guest appearances from Brian Wilson, Zoë Kravitz and Pharrell Williams.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about Dirty Computer, she says, “A lot of this album is a reaction to the sting of what it means to hear people in my family say, ‘All gay people are going to hell.’” She continues, “I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you. This album is for you. Be proud.”
A day ahead of her album release, she premiered Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture By Janelle Monáe on MTV and BET.
Monáe will share her Dirty Computer experience with fans soon as she embarks on a 27-city tour, which begins on June 11 in Seattle, Washington. Every online ticket purchase includes a digital copy of Monáe’s new album. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday, May 2 at LiveNation.com.
Listen to Dirty Computer below.
Watch the Dirty Computer emotion picture below.