The Audition (album)

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The Audition
Janelle Monáe - The Audition (Album Cover).jpg
Demo album by Janelle Monáe
Released 2003
Studio Wondaland Studios in Atlanta
Genre Pop[1]
Length 52:07
Label Wondaland Arts Society
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Cutmaster Swiff
  • Nate Wonder
Janelle Monáe chronology
The Audition
Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)
(2007)Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)2007
Singles from The Audition
  1. "Lettin' Go"
    Released: January 1, 2006[2]

The Audition is a demo album[3] by American singer and songwriter Janelle Monáe, self-released and self-financed in 2003. Some versions of the album were later entitled Metropolis: Point Zero.

The album features thirteen songs and one instrumental, "I Won't Let Go". Before signing with Bad Boy Records, she distributed the album independently under the Wondaland Arts Society label, out of the Atlanta boarding house she was living in at the time. There are fewer than 500 physical copies in existence. The album features a cover of the song "Time Will Reveal" by DeBarge, which was later featured along with "Lettin' Go" on the Purple Ribbon All-Stars' 2005 studio album Got Purp? Vol. 2.[4][5][6]

Track listing[edit]

The Audition[7][8]
1."Thoughts" (intro)Janelle Robinson1:42
2."Lettin' Go"
3."Party Girl"Robinson3:48
6."It's Not Fair"Robinson3:48
7."Time Will Reveal"3:33
8."My Favorite Nothing"Robinson3:56
9."Warm Up (Cloud 9)"Robinson0:47
10."Cloud 9"Robinson4:15
12."I Won't Let Go"Robinson4:48
14."You Are My Everything"Robinson4:43
Total length:52:07


  1. ^ Safar, David (May 18, 2010). "Album Review: Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid". The Current. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Lettin Go on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Harris, Alexa A. (2014). "Black Millennial Women as Digital Entrepreneurs: A New Lane on the Information Superhighway". In Goldman, Adria Y.; Ford, VaNatta S.; Harris, Alexa A.; Howard, Natasha R. Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues. Lexington Books. p. 257. ISBN 0739192299. 
  4. ^ Sturges, Fiona (8 October 2010). "Janelle Monae: Meet the new queen of pop". The Independent. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Goldman, Adria; Ford, Vanatta; Harris, Alexa; Howard, Natasha (30 July 2014). Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues. Lexington Books. p. 257. ISBN 0739192280. 
  6. ^ "The Audition on Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  7. ^ The Audition (CD liner notes). Janelle Monáe. Wondaland Arts Society. 2003. 
  8. ^ "The Audition on". Retrieved 24 August 2016. 

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