Janelle Monáe Announces Release Date for Her New Album ‘The Age of Pleasure’

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Janelle Monáe has released her new album “The Age of Pleasure”, her first full-length work in five years, and the follow-up to 2018’s “Dirty Computer” will be released on June 9 via Wondaland Arts Society/Atlantic Records.

The news came with a new single, “Lipstick Lover,” and its matching music video—the singer-songwriter and a group of women getting wet by the pool in bikinis and T-shirts emblazoned with the song’s title and the words “Pleasure.” ” — co-directed by Monáe and Alan Ferguson.

Wondaland Art Society/Atlantic Records

“As we enter ‘The Age of Pleasure,’ ‘Lipstick Lover’ is our fam for fam-inspired free ass-fucking anthem,” Monáe wrote in the album’s press release. “This is our oasis, created with love, rooted in self-acceptance, self-discovery and signed with cherry-red kisses from me to you.”

“Lipstick Lover” follows the new LP’s first single, “Float”, which was released in February. The track has been fueled by months of anticipation since it first appeared in promotions for ABC/ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime campaign, and Monáe talks about the commercials. The song features Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.

He also previewed “Lipstick Lover” at a Met Gala after-party. It was an app that Monaé loved to use when preparing to officially release “The Age of Pleasure”. On Apple Music 1, Monáe spoke with Zane Lowe about how he tested different songs on the album by watching how people at parties would react to the music.

“If I had known we were going to have a party that Friday or Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, I would have said, ‘Well. We will write three songs.’ If the songs can’t work in the party, they won’t be on the album,” he said on the radio show. “I was walking around. I was so scared. I almost went to the bathroom once. But ‘Float’, we did that. ‘Lipstick Lover,’ so we did. I have a song there called ‘Champagne Machine’… basically every song you’ll hear on the project, that’s how I did it “I want it to be very special to this Pan-African crowd who are my friends. I want it to be a love letter to the Diaspora. And if they make fun of him, that’s fine. I’m fine.”

Apart from releasing a few one-off singles, Monaé has shifted her focus to the big screen over the past few years. She starred in the TV series “She.Glass Onion: The Mystery of Removing a Knife” as well as previous roles in “Harriet”, “Antebellum” and more.

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