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Zendaya Coleman cast in Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic

In the nearly 13 years since she died, Aaliyah has gone from a well-established young R&B star with big pop potential to a full-blown icon whose appeal extends across every conceivable genre line. While there have been a number of attempts to bottle and sell her posthumous superstardom, few have actually made it into fans’ hands. (The world may never know if the album-length tribute/collaboration that Drake had planned at one point would have been brilliant or just ghoulish.)

Last year Wall Street Journal editor Christopher John Farley published a slim biography of the singer called Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, which Brown Sugar writer Michael Elliot and director Bradley Walsh (who previously helmed the Flashdance sorta-remake Turn the Beat Around) are now adapting into a biopic for Lifetime. While R&B fans may not be familiar with Elliot and Walsh, they should be well-acquainted with 17-year-old Zendaya Coleman, who’s signed on to play the lead role. READ FULL STORY

Zendaya's 'Replay' turns the heat back up on Song of the Summer race

When you’re making a bid for song of the summer this deep into the season, you can’t afford to be coy.

With the release of “Replay” earlier this week, Zendaya—a 16-year-old who has worked in the trenches at the Disney Channel and Dancing With the Stars, where she finished second this past season—has created a seamlessly self-promoting ode to putting a good song on repeat: She kicks the chorus off by singing, “I wanna put this song on replay/I can listen to it all day.”

But because every song that’s about a song is actually about infatuation, she has to  tweak the lyrical conceit, making it, “I can listen to you all day…I’m so lost in your sound.” And it only works, of course, because the (non-metaphorical sound) of the song is so great, with breathy vocals and a slow-bubbling groove building to a chorus you only need to hear shouted once to make it seem like you’ve known it forever.

If something else seems vaguely familiar about Zendaya, it may be that she’s the second contestant to emerge in the Song of the Summer races, apparently fully-formed, from teen-TV land. Ariana Grande, the Nickelodeon star who just turned 20 last month, broke into the top 10 with “The Way,” a flirty single that borrows a hook from Big Pun’s “Still Not a Player” and features a verse from Mac Miller.

If Grande—a talented singer with Broadway credits—is filling in on the charts for Mariah Carey (whose sound hers has been compared to endlessly), then Zendaya’s holding edgy R&B down for Rihanna. And yes, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus should probably watch their backs.

More importantly, though, a hit-about-a-hit-about-a-boy by a fresh face with a fondness for adventurous beats is exactly the shot in the arm summer music needs. It’s garnered the requisite nearly-million YouTube views in its first few days of release. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

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