Janelle Monáe has been in full promo mode for her first new studio album in five years.
While The Age Of Pleasure is set to officially drop on Friday, June 9, the singer and actress has been out doing interviews and hosting playbacks, which are basically listening parties.
After previously holding playbacks in Chicago, DC and Atlanta, the I Like That star joined up with her fans again to listen to the new album and its 14 new tracks in New York City on Wednesday.
She would follow up on Thursday with another promotional stop at the SiriusXM Studios in New York.
Two singles have been released in the lead up to the album release that includes Float and Lipstick Lover.
Promo mode: Janelle Monáe, 37, made a stop to the SiriusXM Studios in New York City on Thursday, in promotion for her new new studio album The Age Of Pleasure
Always one to put a lot of thought into her fashion choices, Monáe (born Janelle Monáe Robinson), 37, arrived for her interview at Sirius in a form-fitting black minidress that came down to about the middle of her thighs.
During the photo-op she also slipped on a cropped black leather jacket, and at times while getting playful pulled it partially off her shoulders.
For contrast, the Kansas City, Kansas native wore a pair of white boots that nearly covered her entire calves, and accessorized with a black Derby-style hat.
Even with the hat on, her long raven tresses flowed down over her chest and past the middle of her back styled in thick braids.
While also being a successful actress and having modeled over the years, Monáe put some of those skills on display by working the camera with various playful poses and facial expressions.
The previous day she appeared to be in her element while mixing it up with fans at the playback in New York, where she could be seen singing and dancing along to the various new songs being played on the sound system.
For this promotional stop, she opted to show off a bit more skin by donning skimpy black shorts with white trim with a white cropped t-shirt that read, ‘Pleasure’, on the front, which is a reference to the new album.
She would also again wear that very same black Derby-style hat over her long braids that were falling over her chest and back, all while dancing around to her own music that was blaring out in the venue.
Making the rounds: The new interview at SiriusXM comes just one day ahead of the official release of The Age Of Pleasure, which is her fourth studio album
Stylin’: Always one to put a lot of thought into her fashion choices, Monáe arrived for her interview at Sirius in a form-fitting black minidress and a cropped blacvk leather jacket
Working it: The artist would show off her acting and modeling skills during the photo-op
Fashion sense: The fashionista also donned white boots and a Derby-style hat over her long thick braids
In an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Monáe explained that the new songs ‘were written from such an honest space’ and she hoped listeners ‘feel that when they listen to the music.’
She went on to reveal that experience of writing and recording the new music has given her ‘an opportunity to evolve and grow and to tap into the things that bring [her] pleasure.’
Monáe worked on the songs and played them at parties, including her Met Gala after-party, to see how her friends would respond to the music.
She told Lowe that her thought process was, ‘If the songs can’t work at the party, they’re not going on the album.’
Listening party: The previous day Monáe hosted a playback listening party with her fans in New York City, which the fourth she’s held following previous stops in Chicago, DC and Atlanta
Revealing: For this promotional stop she opted to show off a bit more skin by donning skimpy black shorts with white trim with a white cropped t-shirt that read, ‘Pleasure’, on the front, which is a reference to the new album
Party time: She could be seen singing and dancing along to her new songs being played on the sound system at the event
New music: The Kansas City, Kansas native has 14 new songs on The Age Of Pleasure
Fashionable: The artist also donned that Derby-style hat once again, while giving more than a hint of her legs and midriff in the cute ensemble
Making the rounds: Along with the fans, Monáe also partied it up at the playback party with friends
Her pleasure: The Age of Pleasure, her fourth studio album, officially drops on Friday, June 9
Hitting the road: The actress and singer is slated to head out on tour, beginning with a show in Seattle on August 30
It’s that thought process that led her to hold the playback listening parties in different cities, beginning with Chicago on May 30.
That very same day Monáe also announced she would be heading out on tour in support of the new album that kicks off on August 30 in Seattle, Washington and goes until October 18 with a show in Inglewood, California.
‘THE AGE OF PLEASURE TOUR is comingggg,’ she announced in a post on her Instagram page, alongside a photo of her topless while wearing those same black shorts.
The Age of Pleasure is her fourth studio album, and first since 2018’s Dirty Computer.
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