Janelle Monáe has been slowly grinding her way to full-blown stardom, and Billboard’s latest cover story on the R&B-gone-electro singer cements her as a figure to watch in 2013. Even more compelling are the artists who have opted to be involved with Monáe’s new album. “Q.U.E.E.N.” the first single off her forthcoming full-length, The Electric Lady featured Erykah Baduh, and now she reveals that two more of R&B’s heavyweights will be on the record.
The mysterious, closeted Prince will appear on the record, a fact that Monáe considers an honor.
“We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me,” Monáe said of Prince to Billboard. “It’s a beautiful thing to have a friend — someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world—give whatever they possibly can to the cause. I had a chance to produce an icon. 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 pushing the boundaries of the project, relative newcomer Miguel will also appear, on a duet with Monáe entitled “Primetime.” The song also reportedly references the infamous Pixies song “Where Is My Mind?” an unexpected sonic touchstone but one that promises to be intriguing. Look for her album out in September of this year.