Janelle Monáe Hints At New Music On The Way
Janelle Monáe has suggested a new album is on the way, joking that she now has a “clone” for music who has been hard at work in the studio in a new interview with NME.
Monáe was asked about the four-year wait since her last album, 2018’s Dirty Computer and replied, “Oh you’re really going to remind me of that?” When pressed she revealed, “Actually, you will! You will get new music because I now have a clone. That clone does all of my music, and I have another clone for acting. I’m not going to tell you if it’s me or not. They’re in the studio right now!”
The singer and actor was interviewed to promote her new film, Glass Onion and went on to discuss the role, “I just feel so humbled and super, super blessed to be doing anything. Doing something like this, you don’t take it lightly.
“This is a murder mystery whodunnit film that is meant to take people on a ride and an experience first,” said Monáe. “The other beautiful thing about it is because the characters are modernised, the audience members will take away from it who they are and what experience they know.
“I hadn’t done comedy. There are so many comedic moments in a specific tone that Rian [Johnson, director] has created. I think he’s been very innovative in this whodunnit space.”
Back in 2021, Monaé shared the song Stronger from the soundtrack to Netflix show We The People, which was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama. She then released the protest song Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout) – named after the social movement founded by Kimberlé Crenshaw that “called attention to the black women who have died at the hands of US police”.
In 2020, the singer released Turntables, a song featured on a forthcoming documentary about voter suppression.