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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" Featured in Numerous 2010 Year-End Lists

Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" was one of 2010's biggest critical successes and, as such, it received a lot of mentions when it came time for various publications to put together their lists of the top albums of 2010. Here is a small sample:

Metacritic: 4th place based on aggregate of 2010 lists provided by music critics
SPIN: 6th
Vibe: 5th
Detroit Metro Times: two Metro Times writers included her in their top 10 - one as 6th and one as 2nd
San Antonio Current: 1st
Times Herald-Record: 4th
Associated Press: 1st
HMV: 5th in the retailers poll of music critics
Cleveland Plain Dealer: 6th
Chicago Sun-Times: 1st
Entertainment Weekly: 8th
Pitchfork: 12th
The Guardian: 1st (breakdown of individual critics)
News.com.au: 15th
PopMatters: 1st

And some song specific mentions:

ArjanWrites.com: "Cold War" listed #2 in his 25 favorite songs
Wassau Daily Herald: "Tightrope" listed #5 in top singles
Chicago Sun-Times: "Tightrope" listed #6 in top singles
PopMatters: "Cold War" listed #12 and "Tightrope" listed as #2 in best songs

The Observer Interviews Janelle Monae

In December, Kitty Empire of The Observer had an interview with Janelle Monae. They talked about efforts to change her, the creative process and more.

Metro Interviews Janelle Monae

Metro's Arwa Haider interviewed Janelle Monae in November. Topics include diversity, the Wondaland Arts Society and more.

No Win for Janelle Monae at MOBO Awards 2010

Back in September, we reported that Janelle Monae had received a nomination at the MOBO Awards 2010. In the Best International Act category, she was up against a heavy list of rake, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Usher, Beyonce, Jason Derulo, Lil' Wayne, Travie McCoy, Trey Songz and Rihanna.

The MOBO Awards website lists only five nominees (presumably the top 5 in votes) and they were Drake, Eminem, Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Eminem was the winner.

Production Duo Royal Flush on Working with Janelle Monae

In an interview with HipHopDX in October, production duo Royal Flush (Rick Wallkk, cousin of rapper Big Boi, and Jeron Ward) talked about working with Janelle Monae. Ward says that he was an intern at Purple Ribbon Records when Janelle was "on the cusp of becoming who she is."

Working with Janelle Monae: ďIt wasnít too much outside of working with Big and [Andre 3000],Ē explained Rick. ďWhen you have someone with that much creativity, to be around someone with a positive energy it feels like its home, it feels like somebody that is working just as hard as you. Itís like, damn, this is somebody that loves music and loves what they do in their desired craft.Ē

Jeron added, ďI was actually interning at Purple Ribbon [Records] so there were times when I put together Janelle [Monaeís] CDís before she really boomed. I remember arranging interviews for Janelle when she was on the cusp of becoming who she is. To see her transition and to actually see Rick and I doing music with her too, itís mind blowing. Weíre all excited and happy with her growth and her progression, and we know sheís just getting started. Yaíll havenít heard what sheís got in store.Ē