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Janelle Monae Delivers Carnival Spirit in ‘What Is Love’ Video

Janelle Monae does another track for the kids (remember her stint on ‘Sesame Street‘?) with her new song, ‘What Is Love,’ for the ‘Rio 2′ soundtrack. She’s also releases a fun video featuring some of the characters of the movie.

The visual shows Janelle auditioning for Pedro and Nico, voiced by will.i.am and Jamie Foxx respectively, in the studio. Filled with the danceable rhythms of Brazil, the songstress brings the party to your ears with the catchy track. This is one song that will put you in the Carnival spirit.

“What is love if it’s not with you / I know when you’re alone you feel it, too / In your arms is where I long to be / ‘Cause being with you gives me sanity,” she sings in the first verse.

By the end of the video, it’s clear that the two animated birds, along with the rest of the cast, love Janelle’s tune. The soundtrack, arriving March 25, will also include songs by Bruno Mars — the singer is also the the voice of Roberto, a smooth macaw. Actors Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Kristin Chenoweth and Jemaine Clement are featured in the film too.

‘Rio 2′ hits theaters on April 2.

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