September 12, 2013 9:14

Janelle Monáe receives singing telegram courtesy of Prince – watch

Friend and collaborator requests a copy of new album 'The Electric Lady' via unconventional method

Janelle Monae recently received a singing telegram courtesy of Prince. See above to watch footage of the moment now.

The gesture from Prince, which involves a man singing a message written by Prince to Monáe in a dressing room, was caught on camera by a documentary crew. The message was a reworked version of Prince's hit 'Kiss' with the lyrics re-written specifically for Monáe, with whom he worked with on her new album 'The Electric Lady'. The new version of the song begins, "You don't have to be rich, to be Monáe."

Monáe released her second full-length album this week, September 9. The album features a number of high-profile cameos including a collaboration with Prince on the track 'Givin Em What They Love' and a duet with Solange titled 'Electric Lady'. The Miguel featuring 'Primetime' samples 'Where Is My Mind?', Pixies' 1988 single.

Other songs on the 19-track double album will include 'QUEEN', a collaboration with Erykah Badu which was released earlier this year.

Monae recently divulged that she wanted to "go through R&B music that ranges from people like Bo Diddley to Jimi Hendrix to classical music" on the record. "That's what I love doing, is playing with all these different styles of music and creating something that just has not been heard," she said. She also stated the single 'Dance Apocalyptic' was inspired by Diddley, whom she described as an "innovator" and "originator".

The full tracklisting for the LP is as follows:

'Suite IV Electric Overture'
'Givin Em What They Love' (featuring Prince)
'QUEEN' (featuring Erykah Badu)
'Electric Lady' (featuring Solange)
'Good Morning Midnight'
'PrimeTime' (featuring Miguel)
'We Were Rock & Roll'
'The Chrome Shoppe'
'Dance Apocalyptic'
'Look Into My Eyes'
'Suite V Electric Overture'
'It's Code'
'Ghetto Woman'
'Our Favourite Fugitive'
'Victory'
'Can't Live Without Your Love'
'Sally Ride'
'Dorothy Dandridge Eyes' (featuring Esperanza Spalding)
'What An Experience'


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