That’s right: Set for a September release, Janelle’s follow-up to The Arch Android, will feature a guest appearance from Prince. According to the recent issue in music industry bible Billboard, she says of the collaboration: “It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honored 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.”
Further, we learn this about this album:
The Electric Lady promises to expand on the utopian cyborg themes Monáe explored on her debut album, 2010’s The ArchAndroid, into more plainspoken, personal territory, and further fiddle with genres beyond funk and soul, including jazz (“Dorothy Dandridge Eyes”), pop-punk (“Dance Apocalyptic”), gospel (“Victory”) and woozy, sensual vocal ballads (“Primetime”).
You can read an excerpt from the interview here.