janelle monae

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When Janelle Monáe hit the music scene in 2010, she wore a lot of black and white. Today she's embracing a boldly colorful style, with a new album, Dirty Computer (April 27), to prove it. She recently told me that with help from therapy, she's lost some inhibitions and is ready to fully express herself. In her first Prince-inspired single, she sings, "I'm powerful with a little bit of tender." Janelle, I'm all ears!