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Janelle Monae and Omar Alhindi outside Sofitel Hotel for the InfoList.com's Pre-ComicCon Party

Janelle Monae and Omar Alhindi - Janelle Monae and Omar Alhindi outside Sofitel Hotel for the InfoList.com's Pre-ComicCon Party at sofitel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 3rd July 2015

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2015 BET Awards

Janelle Monae - 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th June 2015

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Janelle Monae
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Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae

2015 BET Awards - Arrivals

Janelle Monae - 2015 BET Awards held at the Microsoft Theater - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th June 2015

2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals

Janelle Monae - 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center - Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Tuesday 2nd June 2015

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Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae

2015 MOCA Gala presented by Louis Vuitton

Janelle Monae - 2015 MOCA Gala presented by Louis Vuitton at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th May 2015

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Various Artists - Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game Album Review


It makes absolute logical sense for any company to want to be affiliated with the biggest events in the world, which the football World Cup unarguably is. But what to do when your biggest rival is a corporate partner of said tournament? In this case, the answer is a compilation record.

Various Artists - Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game Album Review

Whilst a couple of months may already have elapsed since the World Cup ended, this does afford us the ability to review this album using a host of clichés and tournament-inspired analogies.  Santigold's 'Kicking Down Doors' signals the start of play with a pounding dub beat on a track that fails to take off. The arrival of a collaboration between Rita Ora and Calvin Harris - 'I Will Never Let You Down' - is like Spain making an appearance, but the resulting club number is as disappointing as the showing from the former champions. The decision to allow Janelle Monae to give Bowie's 'Heroes' an urban makeover gets a red card, but Don Omar adds the correct sort of bite to proceedings with a carnival-enthused 'Pura Vida'.  

The second half begins with a substitution to the likeable quirky pop of 'Crescendo' by Jetta, before Kelly Rowland takes centre stage. Unfortunately, 'The Game' is a tuneless effort that falls well beneath the high standard of the output she has previously been involved with and leaves us needing a hero as we enter the latter stages of play. It would be too much now for the result of the album to be saved, but like a late consolation, it doesn't mean you can't put positives into the outcome. It isn't forthcoming though, with the remainder playing out a drab affair lacking impact and passion. Likening this to the England team's performance seems too obvious, but given the lack of expectation in the first instance, is actually quite appropriate.

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Sam Smith, Janelle Monae - The Unexpected Gems Of Bonnaroo Day 1


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Happy Bonnaroo weekend! The Tennessee-based arts and music festival effectively kicked off the season on Friday. Per USA Today’s recap, he weather was appropriately mild and the rain that threatened for the entire day never came through, letting crowds enjoy the show free from sweltering heat and soaking rain – a good thing, considering that the lineup, including the likes of Phoenix, CVRCHES, Vampire Weekend and Neutral Milk Hotel were not to be missed. And then there were the headliners.

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CHVRCHES were just one of the bands playing Bonnaroo Friday.

Kanye West kicked off his set late at night on Friday. As usual, West’s performance was on point, but due to the large crowd and somewhat poor technical execution, it was difficult for many fans to connect. A number of the people, who were too far from the stage, reportedly booed the rapper.

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Cutest Pregnancy Announcement Ever? Kelly Rowland's New Pair Of Baby Air Jordans


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Kelly Rowland is pregnant! Unlike other celebrity pregnancies, the news came straight from the source this time, with the singer posting a photo on her Instagram of a baby-sized pair of Air Jordans. Aw, isn’t that the cutest product placement you’ve ever heard of?

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Congrats on the baby. And the general awesomeness.

It’s been a whirlwind year for Rowland and her longtime beau, Tim Witherspoon, who  just tied the knot a month ago. The couple celebrated their love with an intimate ceremony in Costa Rica on May 9.

Kelly also recently released a new single, The Game, as part of Pepsi’s World Cup visual album. The album features Rowland, alongside the likes of Janelle Monae, Rita Ora and Idris Elba, of all people, and includes audio and visual contributions, centered around the theme of, y’know, the Game. Also collaboration and togetherness, etc. 

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Outkast Were Back In Georgia For CounterPoint Festival 2014, With A Few Special Guests


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Outkast returned home to Georgia for their stint at CounterPoint Festival 2014 - and fans were a lot more pleased this time round than they were at their comeback gig at Coachella.

Nothing was going to spoil the mood at this year's CounterPoint Festival. With a line-up headlined by one of the world's favourite veteran hip hop duos and also featuring Pretty Lights, Foster The People and STS9, not even the ferocious storm that swept the venue over the weekend engulfing festival goers in streams of mud was going to ruin the experience for anyone. 

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Moogfest 2014 Gets To The Heart Of Electronic Music With Shows From Kraftwerk And Pet Shop Boys


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MoogFest 2014

Named after America's main pioneer in the world of electronic music, Robert Moog, Moogfest is finally back after a brief sabbatical which saw them miss 2013 - to much disappointment from electronic lovers everywhere.

The much-adored Moog synthesizer is an incredible piece of equipment invented by a man who changed music for the better, so the fact that there's a weekend event named sharing the name is a thrilling prospect for musicians and fans alike. It began in 2004 and was eventually brought to Asheville, North Carolina in 2008 where it has stayed ever since. Not only have festival goers got a first-class music line-up to look forward to, Moogfest 2014 will also be hosting presentations during the day from both veteran music boffins to newcomers still experimenting with developing their sound. For all you synth-lovers out there, you will also be treated to various workshops which will no doubt give you an immersive experience into the heart of electronic music.

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Paolo Nutini's New Album Finds 'Caustic Love' At Hands Of Critics


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Paolo Nutini's new album has been out for nearly a week giving music critics chance to chew over the Scottish singer-songwriter's third studio effort, Caustic Love. Released five years after 2009's five times platinum-selling Sunny Side Up, Nutini's new 13 track-long follow-up has a lot to live up to but seems to be doing pretty well in the charts and at the hands of reviewers.

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Paolo Nutini New Album, 'Caustic Love,' Is Looking Set To Claim UK Number One This Week.

Caustic Love looks set to become the fastest-selling UK album of the year as its sets zoom to threaten The Kaiser Chiefs' two week dominance at the top. It has sold more than 59,000 copies already this week: just 10,000 copies behind the entire first week tally of 2014's current record holder, The Power Of Love by Sam Bailey, which topped the Chart last month, according to the Official Charts Company.

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CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast


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Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring campgrounds, a food court, bars (including a draught house), carnival rides, free water stations and its very own arts village. Oh, and then there's the music line-up.

CounterPoint Festival

This year's bill is headed by hip-hop stars Outkast, who make their hugely anticipated hometown return. Elsewhere, we'd have to point you in the direction of the blu Freedom Stage on Saturday (April 26, 2014) which boasts a pretty fantastic line-up starting with Wild Cub and St Lucia. As evening approaches, Janelle Monae will take to the stage, followed by J. Cole and headliners Foster the People. 

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Glastonbury Line-Up Confirmed: Elbow, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Jack White...And Who Else?


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After months of speculation, the official line-up has been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th June this year. The festival tweeted this year's snazzy line-up poster which listed a tonne of previously unconfirmed acts. Sadly, and despite the rumours, it doesn't look like Prince will be getting funky at Glasto but the appearance of Elbow, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, The Black Keys, and Jack White should make up for the Purple One's absence.

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Kasabian Have Been Confirmed To Play Glastonbury Festival This Year.

Joining these four big name acts will be an intriguing and eclectic mix of acts of all sorts of genres. Skrillex, De La Soul, Ms Dynamite, Rudimental, Disclosure, Lil Louis and DJ Pierre will be bringing dance music whilst Kelis, Janelle Monáe, Jurassic 5 and M.I.A will be giving the festival a hip hop flavour.

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Janelle Monae

Date of birth

1st December, 1985

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.52