Janelle Monáe’s stock has risen exponentially since the release of her debut album The ArchAndroid and it looks like there’s nowhere to go but up with her upcoming album The Electric Lady. Normally most people are worried about sophomore slumps, but when you’ve got collaborators like Prince and Erykah Badu lined up for your second album it’s kind of hard not to have high expectations.
Thankfully Janelle Monáe has finally given a release date for her highly anticipated follow-up The Electric Lady,and as Pitchfork reports, the album is set to hit stores on Sept. 10 through Bad Boy/Universal. The album’s lead single “Q.U.E.E.N” has already been released and remixed by the legendary Prince. Monáe also shared a teaser for her upcoming “Dance Apocalyptic” video, set to premiere on Pitchfork next Tuesday.
Monáe recounts her nightly on-stage paintings as an inspiration for the album’s name and thematic material. Night-in and night-out Monáe would paint the silhouette of a woman, occasionally handing them out to fans, but most importantly the paintings inspired Monáe to delve into a more introspective side of her music.
“That title inspired me to think about the nuances that I have in my life and maybe even encourage me to speak more openly about my thoughts on religion, my thoughts on sexuality, my thoughts on politics, my thoughts on revolution, my thoughts on sexism and love and how to make love, heartbreak. All of those things.”
Watch Monáe describe her inspiration for The Electric Lady below
Listen to “Dance Apocalyptic” below.