Billboard says that the Purple One has collaborated with Monae on her new LP, although details on the title or nature of the track the pair have recorded together have not yet been made public. Monae, however, did say: “We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me. It’s a beautiful thing to have a friend – someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world – give whatever they possibly can to the cause.”
She added: “I had a chance to produce an icon. It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honoured and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it.”
Monae, who said she wanted the album to “tell universal stories in unforgettable ways”, also revealed that a collaboration with Miguel, titled ‘Primetime’, will feature on the LP. The track will feature a sample of the Pixies‘ classic track ‘Where Is My Mind?’.
The singer is set to release ‘The Electric Lady’ this September. Previously, she had claimed she wanted to release two albums in 2012, although neither record materialised. “I am happy to be here and see my family, and I am eager to get back into the studio and work on finishing my album,” she said at the time. “I stopped touring so I could finish the album. Actually, I plan on releasing two albums next year.”
In April of this year, Monae debuted the first single from ‘The Electric Lady’ – a collaboration with Erykah Badu titled ‘QUEEN’. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.