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Atlanta soul singer Janelle Monae is staking a claim on R&B’s future

With an Elvis pompadour and saddle shoes, Janelle Monáe looks like she stepped out of 1950. But after a spin of the Atlanta soul singer’s Metropolis: The Chase Suite – a bizarrely catchy collage of hip-hop, jazz and funk offering a dystopian vision of the year 2719 – it’s clear Monáe’s staking a claim on R&B’s future.

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