Janelle Monae: ‘I’m releasing two albums in 2012’

'The ArchAndroid' singer says her 'soul clock' will tell her when to put them out

Janelle Monae has announced that she will release two albums next year.

The Kansas City-born singer told the Back To Rockville blog that she was currently working in the studio on new material, and was aiming to put out two LPs in 2012.

Monae, who released her debut studio album ‘The ArchAndroid’ in 2010 and was speaking at a Christmas ceremony in her hometown, said:

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. I stopped touring so I could finish the album. Actually, I plan on releasing two albums next year.


Although the ‘Tightrope’ singer was reluctant to reveal the release dates of either album, she did say that she had completed “84.799 per cent” of the writing and added: “I will release them according to my soul clock. But I will try to stick the scheduled release dates, which I know but can’t say.”

In June, Monae promised that her new album would see her move up “another level” and would boast “very strong concepts and bigger ideas”.

The singer – who announced plans to release an instrumental version of ‘The ArchAndroid’ earlier this year – enjoyed a huge surge in popularity after her performance at this year’s Glastonbury festival. Her album sales jumped by 4928 per cent after her set at Worthy Farm, which was the biggest increase any artist at the festival received.