VIBE Rewind: Janelle Monae Covers Michael Jackson’s Favorite Song

Janelle Monae is an amazing artist! Her recent album “Electric Lady” is a testament to her artistry. Then you hear what she does as a vocalist with music from the King of Pop – instant magic!

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Source: Vibe / All Things Michael

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For this week’s installment of VIBE Rewind, VIBE takes a look back at a 2011 live performance by six-time Grammy nominated artist Janelle Monae. Janelle who’s known for her eclectic music and style, covers a song called “Smile” that is originally from Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film ‘Modern Times.’ The song “Smile” also happens to be the late great Michael Jackson’s favorite song which happened to be sang by his Jackson 5 bandmate and brother Jermaine Jackson at Michael’s memorial service. June 25th, will mark the five year anniversary of the King of Pop’s death. Check out the cover below.

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Janelle Monáe and Kimbra Team Up For “Rocky Steady/Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” Mashup

My #WCW from last week is killin’ it with a mashup of Aretha Franklin and MJ! Awesome Sauce!

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Source: New Zealand Herald

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They met by chance, and now the friendship between Kimbra and Janelle Monáe has turned into one of the finest co-headlining tours of the year.

Janelle Monáe and Kimbra: The Golden Electric Tour will play one show at Auckland’s Vector Arena on May 24.

They have also released a joint single; a mash-up of Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady and Michael Jackson’s Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’.

The pair met when they were both playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2013, where they met and started jamming, just for fun.

Fast-forward to 2014 and Monáe and Kimbra’s musical collaboration is hitting the road.

The production will feature both joint and individual performances – both artists will perform separate sets with their bands, as well as performing together.

Monáe released her second album, The Electric Lady, late last year, which hit top five on the Billboard charts…

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This Week’s WCW – Janelle Monae

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Based on her work on wonderfully original album Electric Lady, her impressive philosophy on her stage style, creating my favorite female anthem “Q.U.E.E.N” with fellow R&B maverick Erykah Badu, landing a speaking and singing role on the upcoming summer hit Rio 2, I have elected Ms Janelle Monae as my #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday).