Janelle Monáe Announces Special Guests For ‘Age Of Pleasure’ US Tour
Janelle Monáe has announced that special guests Jidenna, Flyana Boss, Dreamer Isioma, and Nana Kwabena will join in select cities of her Age of Pleasure Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the 26-city tour kicks off on August 30 at WAMU Theater in Seattle, WA, making stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, Kansas City, New York City, Brooklyn, and more before wrapping up in Inglewood, CA at YouTube Theater on 18 October. Tickets for the shows are now available.
Monáe’s highly anticipated new album, The Age of Pleasure, was released on 9 June via Atlantic Records and debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200. The Album features her latest scintillating new single, Lipstick Lover, which hit number 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay Chart.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Monáe discussed the album title, suggesting that it reflects a change of perspective and priorities in her life, “I think being an artist gets lonely. Most people don’t understand what’s going on in my brain. Community has been so helpful to me; it’s beautiful that I have a title called The Age of Pleasure because it actually re-centers me. It’s not about an album anymore. I’ve changed my whole lifestyle.”
The Age Of Pleasure is the singer’s first album in five years and follows a period of success as an actor, starring in the hit thriller Glass Onion. She said that one of the motivations for making new music was to have material to play at parties, “I was like, ‘OK, if we have a party in spring of 2022, I want to have records ready.’‘I want to honor this experience, and be really specific about it.’ The best way to figure it out? ‘Let’s play that shit at the party.’”
Monáe also reflected on the inspiration behind her new material, “I want things to feel so true to my life. I used to consider myself a futurist. I know what that means, to obsess about the next thing. A present tourist is what I’m calling myself right now. I’m actively focusing on being present.”