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Zendaya is Zendaya's self-titled debut studio album that was released on September 17, 2013 by Hollywood Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Replay 3:29
  2. Fireflies 4:13
  3. Butterflies 3:48
  4. Putcha Body Down 3:19
  5. Heaven Lost An Angel 3:11
  6. Cry For Love 3:49
  7. Only When You're Close 3:44
  8. Bottle You Up 3:39
  9. Scared 2:58
  10. Love You Forever 4:08
  11. My Baby 3:07

Album BackgroundEdit

After beginning her career as an actress, starring in the Disney Channel show, "Shake It Up," Zendaya began appearing on soundtracks & releasing the singles: "Watch Me" and "Something To Dance For."

On August 8, 2012, she announced she had signed a record deal with Hollywood Records, via her official Twitter account she commented on the signing, writing: "Epic moment in my life...it's official!!! HOLLYWOOD RECORDS!!!"

The comment also included pictures of herself with the label executives signing a contract.

In May 2013, it was reported Zendaya's debut album would be released in the fall of 2013 and the album's lead single would be released in June.

On August 13, 2013, she revealed that her debut album would self-titled, along with unveiling the official artwork for the record.

CompositionEdit

"Zendaya" is mainly rooted in urban electropop, that musically experiment with pop, R&B and dubstep genres. Its lyrical content tackles issues of love and heartbreak.

After streaming the album to radio presenter Ryan Seacrest, he commented on the album's music calling is a "pop/R&B hybrid offering for the most part", he continued to comment saying the album contained "urban cuts."

The album's opening track and lead single "Replay" is a "grittier club-ready pop track", that was produced by Mick Schultz. It is an electro-R&B song with influences from glitch and dubstep.

The following song, "Fireflies" is blend of pop and R&B genres, that contains a "heavy beat."

"Scared" is an up-tempo pop song that lyrically speaks about "trying to save a relationship because she is scared of being alone".

"Scared" was written by Tiffany Fred and Paul "Phamous" Shelton, and was described by Zendaya as having a "Kanye West type of vibe".

"Love You Forever" is an up-tempo "90s throwback" song that has been compared to the work of the late singer Aaliyah.

Lyrically, the song discusses Zendaya falling in love on the dance floor, the concept of the song is introduced with lyrics such as "We on that all night, get it right/ If you keep on moving like that, I might love you forever/ We on that first time love high/ Just keep on moving/ 'Cause I might love you forever."

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Zendaya" debuted at #51 on the Billboard 200, selling 7,000 copies in its first week.

Critical ReceptionEdit

AllMusic praised the album, commending its production saying that it "delivers sleek pop thrills with fewer growing pains than some of her predecessors suffered on their early albums."

They continued to compare the album to the debut of Cassie, overall saying that the album "is a streamlined, self-assured first effort."

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