Photo: Thomas Böcker from Bocholt, Germany

Janelle Monáe Confirms New Single + Album: Look + Listen

Five years since her last LP, Janelle Monáe has confirmed ‘The Age of Pleasure’ and the new single called ‘Lipstick Lover.’

On Wednesday (5.10,) the Emmy-winner took to social media with a short clip of her emerging from a shallow pool as the track played in the background.

In a statement released on Thursday (5.11) about the upcoming album, set for a June 9 release, the multi-hyphenate said “As we enter into The Age Of Pleasure ‘Lipstick Lover’ is our freea**mothaf**** anthem inspired by f.a.m. for f.a.m.” “This is our audio oasis made with love and signed with cherry red kisses from me to you.” 

Wearing a soaked see-through t-shirt with the word ‘Pleasure’ her promo clip rapidly went viral, and the photo alongside with her statement – showing Janelle with her bare chest covered by her hands holding two red flowers – appears to be a nod to a popular 1972 poster for Jamaica tourism featuring Trinidadian model Sintra Bronte.

While performing at her Met Gala after-party at the Boom Boom Room above the Standard Hotel in New York, Janelle recently previewed ‘Lipstick Lover’ where she hinted at its title by declaring: “Tonight, this year, we are in the age of motherf****** pleasure. We’re actively doing the things that make us feel good, unapologetically.”

The song includes such racy lyrics as: “I seen it from the back and I’m excited, tell me whatchu do when we walk up in the room – I hope it’s something nasty, we can try it. I really got a thing for my lipstick lover, lover, lover, lover.” 

‘The Age of Pleasure’ also includes the single ‘Float’ featuring ‘Seun Kuti and Egypt 80’.

While ‘The Age of Pleasure’ is Monáe’s first full length since 2018’s ‘Dirty Computer,’ the superstar’s been busy with a starring role in last year’s ‘Glass Onion: A Knives out Mystery’ film alongside Daniel Craig, and roles in the movies ‘Antebellum’, ‘Harriet’, and ‘The Glorias’.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Thomas Böcker from Bocholt, Germany