Zendaya has dipped her toe back into the music industry.
Nearly a decade after her self-titled album, the multi-hyphenate has returned to making music, working with Euphoria composer Labrinth on songs for the HBO drama’s second season. The star co-wrote two songs from the show’s season 2 finale, which aired last Sunday: “I’m Tired,” which played over the end credits, and “Elliot’s Song,” which new character Elliot sang to Rue in an extended scene. (Z also sang backup vocals on the soundtrack version of “Elliot’s Song.”)
On Friday, the former Disney star thanked her fans for the warm reception to the songs, calling her work on the tracks a “little tiny toe dip” back into music.
“I stepped away from music quite a while ago, for a number of reasons, but I still really love it, so the kindness and support I’ve received the past few days just for a little tiny toe dip back into some music means the absolute world to me..thanks<3,” she wrote.
I stepped away from music quite a while ago, for a number of reasons, but I still really love it, so the kindness and support I’ve received the past few days just for a little tiny toe dip back into some music means the absolute world to me..thanks<3
Though the star did also sing on Euphoria‘s first season, in the show-stopping final scene, that track, called “All of Us,” was solely written by Labrinth. She praised the London-bred musician on Instagram the day after the finale aired, per People.
“Thank you bro for allowing me to write, create and share space with you on this very special song. I learn so much from you every time we work. Excited for what’s to come,” the actress wrote on her Instagram Story.
The K.C. Undercover star started singing at the beginning of her career, with credits including Kidz Bop and the soundtrack for Disney’s Shake It Up!. In 2013 she released her sole album, a self-titled debut with the lead single, “Replay.” Though she hasn’t spoken directly on her reason for stepping away from music, she did share her thoughts on the music industry in a 2019 Paper Magazine interview.
“I think the [music] industry takes a little bit of passion away from you,” she said. “It sucks you dry a little bit. What I thought I wanted, it’s not what I want anymore, [especially] when I think about what I had to deal with in the music industry.”
She added, “If anyone asks my number one advice, for [the entertainment] industry in general but mostly the music industry, it’s look over those contracts, every single word, and don’t sign anything that isn’t worth it to you. You are worth more than they will say that you are.”
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