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Janelle Monae is finally putting together the follow-up to her 2010 album, The ArchAndroid. While that album did decently, spawning the single “Tightrope” and earning her a Grammy nomination for best R&B album, Monae’s newest endeavor, The Electric Lady will hopefully earn even more promise, thanks to the success of Monae’s collaboration on Fun.’s “We Are Young.” If you want an idea of the type of fun and sassy music Monae puts together, take a look at her newest video for the song, “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring Erykah Badu.
In typical bizarre fashion, Monae’s newest video is set in the future at a crazy art exhibit preserving the remains of past visionaries. When a couple of museumgoers put on a vinyl copy of “Q.U.E.E.N,” the long-frozen people in the museum suddenly spur to life. The video was directed by Alan Ferguson and features a stark white setting full costume clad individuals dancing up a storm.
Monae’s fashion is always a little off the hook. In the video, she rocks her signature tux, but also a graphic gown and a few other costume-y pieces. Badu, however, totally takes the cake with a white dress featuring glittery gold shoulder pads. The song is more important for its message of embracing individuality, but I can’t get enough of the wild fashion.
Janelle Monae's Electric Lady is set to drop this fall. In the meantime, you can order "Q.U.E.E.N" over at iTunes.