Janelle Monáe The Mogul: Inks Record Label Joint Venture Deal With Epic

It looks like Janelle Monáe, who we know is super intelligent, picked up a few extra business acumen from her business relationship with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.

The Grammy Award nominee is launching the careers of a diverse group of artists via her label Wondaland Records, and a new joint venture partnership with Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

Monáe’s electrifying roster of talents includes Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, and St. Beauty — all of whom write and produce.

“I’m so thrilled to share Wondaland Records with the world. Each artist under Wondaland Records has unparalleled talent, incredible vision, and brings something unique to the music industry," said Janelle Monáe. “Together, we’re creating a new movement and space for the future of music and pop culture. I'm honored to be partnering with Epic Records and my friend LA Reid to present such extraordinary talent."

“The collective talent of the Wondaland artists is awe-inspiring,” adds LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records. "I haven’t personally witnessed a collective that sounds and looks this special in quite a while. I’ve been a longtime supporter and friend of Janelle and it is an honor to now work with her as a visionary businesswoman who brings an all-star group of talented performers to the table.”

The first release from the new venture is the Wondaland Records compilation, led by the first single “Classic Man,” by Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur. The record is available now smarturl.it/ClassicMan, and the LP will arrive in May.

About the artists via press release:

The son of a Nigerian chief and an American anthropologist, Jidenna is an East Flatbush, Brooklyn-based lyrical wizard, a thought leader with charisma to spare. His worldly origins inform the groundbreaking genre Swank, an elegant and funky take on hip-hop that transforms ordinary parties into sweaty soirées.

Musical iconoclasts Nate ‘Rocket’ Wonder and Chuck Lightning are the mad geniuses behind Deep Cotton. They are thinkers and tinkerers whose approach to sound creates a rollercoaster ride, taking the listener through a world of falsetto-filled funk, rule-breaking ideas baked in rock ‘n’ roll, and served up in hip-hop, all in the span of a single song. Their sole mission: give you the license to freak out.

A curious and brilliant composer, arranger, and producer, Roman GianArthur's music is courageous, feisty, and consistently touches the soul. His live show is a revelation—wild, heroic guitar playing, outstanding vocals, intoxicatingly original movement, and a rare charisma possessed only by the greats.

Featuring Alex Belle and Isis Valentino, the enchanting sound of St. Beauty feels timeless. Thoughtful musicians and songwriters, they weave together melodies that are impossible to forget and evocative lyrics that paint richly textured emotional stories, casting a spell over the listener that cannot be broken.

Gary Gentles

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