Visually stunning 44-minute Emotion Picture starring Monáe and Tessa Thompson will debut April 26th  across MTV and BET channels worldwide to accompany Monáe’s next-day album release.

Viacom brands including MTV and BET today announced the cross-channel world premiere of DIRTY COMPUTER: AN EMOTION PICTURE BY JANELLE MONÁE on Thursday, April 26. DIRTY COMPUTER: AN EMOTION PICTURE BY JANELLE MONÁE is a visually stunning Emotion Picture with a vibrant narrative featuring celebratory music videos that will accompany the GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter/performer/producer/actress/activist’s highly-anticipated third solo album, DIRTY COMPUTER, which comes out the next day on Friday, April 27.

Throughout April 26th, the 44-minute DIRTY COMPUTER: AN EMOTION PICTURE BY JANELLE MONÁE will air exclusively on MTV and BET channels worldwide including MTV, MTV2, MTV Live, mtvU, BET, BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Her in celebration of Monáe’s full album release on April 27th.

DIRTY COMPUTER: AN EMOTION PICTURE BY JANELLE MONÁE is a visually stunning story of a young woman named Jane 57821 (Janelle Monáe), who is living in a totalitarian near-future society where citizens are referred to as “computers.” Acclaimed actress Tessa Thompson (ThorSelma, Westworld) co-stars. A timely and poignant Emotion Picture, Dirty Computer explores humanity and what truly happens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when mind and machines merge, and when the government chooses fear over freedom.

The DIRTY COMPUTER album is currently available for pre-order and arrives everywhere Friday, April 27th. DIRTY COMPUTER: AN EMOTION PICTURE BY JANELLE MONÁE is produced by Monáe and directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning. Collaborators include an assortment of celebrated music video directors such as Alan Ferguson, Emma Westenberg and Lacey Duke, who directed powerful music videos for “Make Me Feel,” “PYNK,” and “I Like That” respectively. The project was heralded with a special teaser that premiered ahead of screenings of Marvel Studio’s history-making Black Panther.


Janelle Monáe is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, performer, producer, activist and actress. She recently unveiled new details of her highly-anticipated third solo album, DIRTY COMPUTER and the accompanying DIRTY COMPUTER: AN EMOTION PICTURE BY JANELLE MONÁE. The album arrives everywhere Friday, April 27th. Immersed in the performing arts at a young age, Monáe founded her record label the Wondaland Arts Society releasing the EP “Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase).” Monáe previously released critically acclaimed albums “ArchAndroid” and “The Electric Lady.” Additionally, Janelle took her talent to the silver screen, where she starred in the Academy-Award nominated, Hidden Figures and “Best Picture” winner, Moonlight.


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