“A good song is a song that can connect with you on some kind of level," said Zendaya, Hollywood Records' new recording artist. “I think songs that are able to make you feel something, whether it be joy, sadness, whatever, but really touch you and make you feel genuine emotion, then that’s a real song.
The Oakland, California-born artist's single “Replay” put her on the map in a big way this past summer. But when it comes to her own picks for songs to have on repeat, Zendaya sticks mostly with the classics, an impressive choice for a 17-year-old.
“For me, it's any Michael Jackson song,” she said, adding, “other than that, honestly, a lot of Justin Bieber’s new music, I’m kind of obsessed.”
That maturity extends to her own music, like on “Heaven Lost An Angel,” a song that was originally written for a male voice but eventually wound up on Zendaya’s debut, self-titled LP. That is, after a little pressure from the artist herself.
“It was more from a guy’s perspective … but I was obsessed,” she said on picking out tracks with her production team. “ So, a few months later, I called them back and said, ‘Hey, you know that song you played for me that I thought was somebody elses? Does anybody have that? Can we make that song for a girl?’”
Zendaya hit stands September 17th with success on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. And even though she considers herself a somewhat lazy “regular kid with a very abnormal lifestyle,” hard work is definitely her professional mantra.
“Being a new face, you’ve really got to make a name for yourself and you’ve got to prove yourself,” she said. “I definitely worked hard on everything.”