Janelle Monáe's cover artwork for "The Electric Lady" is definitely a Xana-DO.
+ Janelle Monáe revealed the power-packed track list for The Electric Lady (out Sept. 10) along with the cover art. The album includes guest features from Prince, Solange, Miguel, Erykah Badu, Cee Lo Green, Big Boi, and Esperanza Spalding. (Pitchfork)
+ Lady Gaga released an ARTPOP promo clip (or possibly an "Applause" music video teaser?) in which she beats haters to the punch, reverse-psychology style. Messages like "Lady Gaga is no longer relevant" flash beneath her as she stares into the camera in a plastic face mask. (Rolling Stone)
+ Gaga also shot a nude photo spread for V Magazine. Take a look at Mother Monster's racy cover (side-boob alert!), and, if you dare, click through to see the shoot's NSFW images. (MTV News)
+ Miley Cyrus and French Montana worked on a remix collab of his hit single "Ain't Worried About Nothin." Watch the preview clip, which Miley posted to her Facebook page. (MTV News)
+ R. Kelly has been tapped to remix Phoenix's "Trying To Be Cool" from the band's Bankrupt! album. They're no strangers to working together, as the band invited R. Kelly onstage as a surprise guest during their Coachella performance in April. (Rap-Up)
+ Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers is slated to appear in an episode of "Hawaii Five-O" this fall, where he will play a computer hacker. (Billboard)
+ Jon Brookes, the drummer and founding member of The Charlatans, passed away yesterday morning after battling brain cancer. He was 44. (Billboard)
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Watch Justin Bieber in an unaired skit from "Saturday Night Live."
+ Check out an unaired "Saturday Night Live" clip featuring Justin Bieber from last February! The skit didn't air, as the "SNL" writers detail: Things went awry (the set almost fell on Justin and jokes weren't flying) when they performed it during dress rehearsals. Still, it's always good to see more of the Biebs! (MTV News)
+ Adele has generally kept her son's name and face out of the public eye ever since giving birth eight months ago. But now we can "AW" over an up-close photo of her adorbz little one, Angelo (as is reportedly his name; Adele hasn't still made it public). Momma and son were visiting New York's Central Park Zoo. (E!)
+ Listen to Prince's remix of Janelle Monae's "Q.U.E.E.N." featuring Erykah Badu. "Yes, Prince remixed our Q.U.E.E.N. What an honor," Janelle tweeted. (Pitchfork)
+ PRAISE! Yesterday, the Supreme Court overturned two laws restricting gay marriage; they ruled that Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8 are unconstitutional. Several stars tweeted their support, including Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas. #loveislove (MTV News)
+ Another day, another awesome Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail song lyric bomb. On "Oceans" featuring Frank Ocean, the pair tackle race issues. (MTV News)
+ Jay-Z is also reportedly planning a surprise (well, not so much anymore) show in New York's Times Square during rush hour on July 8, according to the New York Post. (RapFix)
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Justin Bieber will be an animated character on this Sunday's "The Simpsons."
+ Justin Bieber will be featured in this Sunday's "The Simpsons" episode. Justin gave fans a sneak peek of what his animated character will look like when he tweeted the above pic. (E!)
+ Randy Jackson has announced this season's "American Idol" will be his last. He's been a judge since the show's inception and has remained for 12 seasons. "I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry," he said in a statement. (MTV News)
+ Taylor Swift will appear in the season finale of "New Girl," which airs on May 14. Check out the promo for the episode, which features Tay's awesome "surprised face" look. (Idolator)
+ Kendrick Lamar was interviewed by Erykah Badu for Interview magazine! In the feature, he dished on groupies and talked about his recording process. "I'm very intricate about that stuff when I go into the studio -- it has to sound the way I heard it in my head," he explained. (RapFix)
+ Kanye West might make a cameo in "Anchorman: The Legend Continues." According to reports, he was seen in Atlanta filming scenes for the sequel. One of them involved a giant fight. (E!)
+ Listen to The-Dream's "High Art," featuring Jay-Z. The song appears on IV Play, which will be released on May 28. (RapFix)
+ Miley Cyrus may have nabbed the top spot on Maxim's Hot 100 list, but some other fab artists also appear. Selena Gomez places at No. 2, and Rihanna is No. 3. (Just Jared Jr.)
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Janelle Monáe twerks it out in something fierce in her brand-new "Q.U.E.E.N." video.
HOO boy. We THOUGHT we knew what it was like to miss soul-funk pioneer Janelle Monáe in the time between 2010's The ArchAndroid and her upcoming sophomore effort, The Electric Lady. We also felt another twinge of "we need more Janelle solo stuff!" after her appearance on fun.'s "We Are Young." But now, after watching Janelle's hyper-stylish, black-and-white video for her powerful Erykah Badu-assisted jam "Q.U.E.E.N.," we are ENTIRELY aware of just how empty life was without Janelle and her unbeatable tuxedo-ed swagger.
Watch Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu's "Q.U.E.E.N." video after the jump.
Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu team up for a funky girl-power anthem,"Q.U.E.E.N."
It's been a serious minute since we last heard from the androgynous tuxedo-wearing soul singer Janelle Monáe. Well, not entirely a minute -- she DID support fun. on their ubiquitous "We Are Young" hit. But as far as solo work goes, we really haven't heard anything substantial from Janelle since 2010's mind-blowing The ArchAndroid. That's all about to change, however, because Janelle has just released a brand-new funk, soul, 'n' synth track, "Q.U.E.E.N." featuring neo-soul stalwart Erykah Badu, AND announced her forthcoming album, The Electric Lady (yay Jimi Hendrix reference!).
Listen to Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu's "Q.U.E.E.N." after the jump.