Following the release of her self-titled debut album in 2013, Zendaya has been making headlines for smart social commentary, TV roles, and being immortalized as a Barbie. Today, she turns the conversation back to her music with the first taste of her upcoming sophomore album.
The star's new song and video for "Close Up" premiered on Hunger TV today and showcases a more hip hop/trap sound than the singer's past R&B-pop vibe. Produced by Timbaland, "Close Up" is described by Hunger as "one of the lead tracks from Zendaya’s upcoming sophomore album, due for release in early 2016."
If the song sounds like a departure from what you'd expect from Zendaya--and from a Disney Channel star in general--the 19-year-old told the mag that's exactly the point:
"I don't necessarily want to make what’s already on the radio, or what every young girl my age is doing. I want longevity, and if you want a long career, you have to be happy with yourself so you don't go crazy, and the only way to do that is to be yourself."
Get into the tune, which was unleashed alongside its slick music video directed by fashion photographer Rankin, above.