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Ivies Survival Guide: What You Need to Know About Janelle Monae

In the week leading up to Ivies, Her Campus Bowdoin will be providing you with everything you need to know in our Ivies Survival Guide.

If you didn’t know already, which would be really weird, Janelle Monáe is the headlining artist for Ivies 2011.

Janelle hails from Kansas City and has finally gotten noticed with this year’s full length album The ArchAndroid, which snagged a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album. She’s a 25 year old pocket sized beauty with the most fabulous pompadour haircut you’ve ever seen, and will be sure to keep us dancing all day with her energetic dance moves and jazzy combination of funk and hip-hop.

I first discovered Janelle Monáe this past summer during my internship at MTV Iggy when I had to write the copy for her “Tightrope” music video. Since Youtube has disabled embedding for this particular video – which is also her most popular single to date – I felt it necessary to steal it from MTV’s site and include a shameless plug for myself.

Janelle Monae – “Tightrope (Wondamix)”
Janelle Monae

Be sure to check out her video for “Cold War,” a close-up of her heart-shaped face and expressive eyes  (sorry if it seems like I’m talking more about her looks than her music, but I hope Mac Miller doesn’t get too disctracted by her beauty. I’ll explain a little more about that in “What You Need to Know About Mac Miller.”)

“Many Moons” is from her first EP Metropolis – The Chase Suite, a conceptual work that went largely unnoticed on the Billboard charts but was great nonetheless.

Now, go put this playlist on while studying or taking a shower, and then you’ll be one step closer to being ready for Ivies 2011.

Joanna Buffum is a senior English major and Anthropology minor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  She is from Morristown, NJ and in the summer of 2009 she was an advertising intern for OK! Magazine and the editorial blog intern for Zagat Survey in New York City. This past summer she was an editorial intern for MTV World's music website called MTV Iggy, writing fun things like album and concert reviews for bands you have never heard of before. Her favorite books are basically anything involving fantasy fiction, especially the Harry Potter series and “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” by Susanna Clarke. In her free time she enjoys snowboarding, playing intramural field hockey, watching House MD, and making paninis. In the spring of 2010 she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and she misses the friendly, tall, and unusually attractive Danish people more than she can say. After college, she plans on pursuing a career in writing, but it can be anywhere from television script writing, to magazine journalism, to book publishing. 
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