Zendaya, like so many young fans, says she used to cry at the sight of Miley Cyrus. But not for the reasons you might expect.
"I would watch ‘Hannah Montana’ and cry because she was on the screen, she was doing what she wanted to do, and I wasn’t," Zendaya, 17, recalls. "Ever since I was little, I knew what I wanted to do and what I wanted to be."
It would have been easy, and probably more successful, for Zendaya to go the perky pop route. But her self-titled debut album is rooted in slinky R&B and dance grooves, more in line with the nuanced ’90s groove of Aaliyah and TLC. She cites Michael Jackson and Beyoncé as influences and claims to know every single one of Tupac’s lyrics.
Read my interview HERE.