Janelle Monae Unveils 'Electric Lady' Release Date, 'Dance Apocalyptic' Teaser

Janelle Monae
Marc Baptiste

Janelle Monáe has set a Sept. 10 release date for her much-anticipated second album "The Electric Lady," and as a bonus treat, the singer unveiled a video teaser for a new track, "Dance Apocalyptic." The full-length video, directed by Wendy Morgan and Pierre Rouger, will premiere on Tuesday (July 2).

The 28-second glimpse at the soul-funk songtress' retro video features snippets of a backup band and dancers all clad in black and white, and ends with a shot of Monae clutching the microphone. If "Dance Apocalyptic" is released as an official single from the album, it would follow "Q.U.E.E.N." featuring Erykah Badu, which was released in April.

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"The Electric Lady" is the R&B performer's first full-length since 2010's "The ArchAndroid," and was recorded entirely at Monáe's own Wondaland studio. Along with Badu, Prince and Miguel will be featured on the sophomore album.

"We took our time to work on it," Monáe told Billboard in her cover story earlier this month. "We felt a shift in the world ... a shift in our music and freedom, with life and politics and where we are as a society. Every time is not always the right time for you to come out with something."

Monáe's next major media appearance will be as a performer at the BET Awards this Sunday night.


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