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Janelle Monae to release instrumental version of 2010 album 'The ArchAndroid'

Pop-funk star also pays tribute to the late Amy Winehouse

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Janelle Monae is set to release an instrumental version of her entire 2010 album 'The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)'.

The Kansas City-born singer revealed the news via her Twitter account and explained that more information on the release would follow. She wrote: "I am releasing an instrumental album of 'The ArchAndroid'. More details to follow. And yes, new music is/has been done..."

Monae is also set to feature on 'All Of Me', the forthcoming album from UK hip-hop artist Estelle, alongside fellow guest stars Rick Ross and Common.

Speaking to Vibe magazine, Monae recently paid tribute to fellow touring partner Amy Winehouse, who was found dead in her Camden home nine days ago. Monae said:
I was honored then, and I am now, that I had the opportunity to share the same tour and stage with Amy this year in Brazil. Each night she came out onstage, she performed effortlessly.

She continued:
At our first meeting, she was very shy, a sweet girl. Her first words to me were, 'It's so nice to meet you finally. I'm shy; you're a shy girl like me, huh?' She was so giving: She even bought me a swimming suit that she thought I'd like.


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