Janelle Monáe Drops Single “Lipstick Lover” & Teases New Album “The Age of Pleasure”

Janelle Monae at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2018
Janelle Monae at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2018. Photo by Owen Kolasinski/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9448708bn)

It’s been five years since Janelle Monáe rocked our world with her last studio album Dirty Computer and she’s finally ready for a comeback. Her next album The Age of Pleasure will hit the shelves next month, and she teased its release with the new single “Lipstick Lover”.

“Lipstick Lover” has been released as the album’s lead single, and the singer described it as an “anthem inspired by f.a.m. for f.a.m.”, adding it’s an “oasis made with love, rooted in self-acceptance, throbbing in self-discovery.” She first previewed this song at her Met Gala after-party before officially sharing it with her fans.

“Lipstick Lover” perfectly encapsulates the tone of The Age of Pleasure, and she put a lot of effort into creating a space for herself and finding things that bring her pleasure on this creative journey.

“All the songs were written from such an honest space…I hope that people feel that when they listen to the music… I definitely have had an opportunity to evolve and grow and to tap into the things that bring me pleasure, the things that perhaps I should rethink and rework,” she told Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe.

Monáe’s fourth studio album will be released on June 9 via Atlantic Records, and it will feature a total of 14 tracks.