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Zendaya Debuts ‘My Baby’ Music Video

In: Donovan, Music
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As far as Disney stars of this generation go, Zendaya is my favorite. She proved with her debut single, “Replay,” that she’s not satisfied going the safe bubble gum pop route. The 17-year-old singer has some serious swagger and isn’t afraid to show it. The track became a Top 40 hit and even higher on the dance charts. Her follow-up shows a different side but is equally as infectious.

“I want to do rhythmic pop, it’s not necessarily your average pop song. It has some kind of urban edge, some kind of more hip-hop-ish tones to it that kind of edge it up and do something a little different so it’s not just your stereotypical pop music.” – Zendaya

Even though she’s previously denied it, it appears “My Baby” is her official second single off her self-titled debut LP. Why else would she debut a music video? The Stephen Garnett-directed clip features cameos from Too Short and Christina Milian and shows a grittier side of the promising pop star. Check out the clip below.

watch the clip after the jump

I’ve been playing the Ralphi Rosario dance remix of “Replay” nonstop the second I heard it. It’s probably my most-played track whenever I’m on the treadmill. Can’t get enough of it. Sadly, I haven’t heard it on the dance floor (yet). If it does, I’m definitely throwing down some of the dance moves Zendaya executes in her just-released music video. She’s giving me early Ciara and even Janet Jackson “Pleasure Principle” era.

Mark my words, this chick is going to be the next crossover Disney superstar following Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus’ footsteps. With her day job officially kaput (Shake It Up was canceled), expect Zendaya to forge ahead with her recording career full force. Check out the swaggerific clip below.

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The second I heard Zendaya’s debut effort, “Replay,” I’ve been hooked. It’s been on repeat nonstop since. No lie. I love the fact the Disney star went with a slick jam with an infectious electro-R&B beat instead of a bubblegum pop ditty like her Nickelodeon counterpart, Victoria Justice.

The only thing that could make “Replay” hotter is a sexy dance remix. The 16-year-old delivers not just one, but several. A remix package available July 23 features remixes by Ralphi Rosario, Jason Nevins, It’s The Kue, Belanger, Riddler and Jump Smokers. The Rosario and Jump Smokers remixes are beyond sick and my favorites of the bunch. Definitely club anthems in the making.

In addition to the remixes, she debuted an official lyric video for “Replay.” Zendaya went retro and used old mixtapes as the canvas for the song’s lyrics. I can’t wait for the music video to drop which she filmed last month. She enlisted award-winning director Colin Tilley (Justin Timberlake, Usher) and choreographer Ian Eastwood for the visual. I have no doubt it’s going to be a hot one. In the meantime, check out the wicked dance remixes and lyric clip below.

check out the remixes and lyric video after the jump

Prior to her stint on Dancing With The Stars, I had no clue who the eff Zendaya was. Most likely due to the fact I’m not a tween with a subscription to the Disney Channel. But since she was paired up with my favorite DWTS pro, Val Chmerkovskiy, I thought I’d give her a chance. Unlike her Disney buddies on the reality competition, I actually quite liked her and she quickly waltzed into my heart with her kickass performances. After hearing her debut single, I’m officially a fan or as they like to call themselves… a zswagger.

Zendaya is the latest Disney pop princess torchbearer. Unlike her predecessors, her first single is much grittier and urban than I would’ve expected. While I love Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez now, their first tracks were way too bubblegum pop for my liking.

As the lyrics state, “Replay” is so good, I have to put it on replay. Produced by Mick Shuultz and written by Tiffany Fred and Paul “Phamous” Shelton, “Replay” is a slick pop jam with an infectious electro-R&B beat and supremely catchy chorus. I can’t wait to see what else Zendaya has in store for us on her debut album. Can’t wait for the music video to drop. This hot track deserves an epic clip. Check it out below.

listen to the awesome track after the jump

Since I recapped the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 16, I thought I’d bookend the season by quickly discussing the finale. Another reason I wanted to write this post was to publicly pat myself on the back for doing a pretty good job with my pre-season predictions.

With exception to Dorothy Hamill (how was I supposed to know she’d injure herself week two?), I correctly guessed the first five eliminations. In addition, two of Season 16′s finalists were in my predicted Final 3. My track record with DWTS was a million times better than American Idol this season and I don’t even recap the dancing competition. Enough stroking my ego, let’s get to the results.

find out who won after the jump

DWTS Season 16: Week 1 Performances

In: Donovan, TV Shows

After watching the season premiere of Dancing With The Stars, I feel content with the predictions I made prior to the first telecast. Most of the celebrities performed as I thought they would with a couple notable exceptions. Both Andy Dick and Wynonna Judd impressed and entertained with their debut performances. That said, I still think they’re going to be eliminated within the first five weeks.

The stars had to dance either a cha cha cha, a foxtrot or a contemporary on the first night. With no results show until Tuesday, March 26, all of them get a second chance to impress viewers next Monday. Check out all the performances below and find out which ones were my three favorites and worst pick.

check out all the performances after the jump

DWTS Season 16: Predicting The Final Three

In: Donovan, TV Shows

After going with an All-Stars edition, Dancing With The Stars is going back to basics for Season 16. While I enjoyed seeing returning favorites, I’m looking forward to tonight’s season premiere. While the star wattage isn’t as high as in previous seasons, I already have a few people I’m rooting for. Lisa Vanderpump, I’m talking about you.

Getting a first look at the “celebrities” with their professional partners is always exciting to watch. While I do enjoy witnessing the trainwrecks, I’m more stoked to see who comes bursting out of the gates gunning for the mirrorball trophy. Check out my predictions on how Season 16′s stars will fare.

The Early Boots

Without a doubt, Andy Dick will be one of the first to go. I just can’t see the 47-year-old comedian having any sort of rhythm. Former ABC sitcom star DL Hughley might have some dancing prowess, but don’t think he has the fan base to support him. Speaking of fans, everyone knows that country music has diehard ones. Normally I would put Wynonna Judd higher, but with Kellie Pickler also in the competition, I think Judd will suffer and be ousted early.

Also in this bunch is my favorite Lisa Vanderpump. While popular with Housewives addicts (myself included), she probably isn’t well known outside the Bravo universe. Hopefully her signature wit and sass will win over new fans quickly. Last in this list is boxer Victor Ortiz. I’m sure when it comes to demographics, there isn’t much crossover between DWTS and boxing watchers. His chances aren’t helped by being saddled with new professional, Lindsay Arnold either. I thoroughly believe, viewers also vote for their favorite pros.

check out my predictions after the jump

My favorite part of every Dancing With The Stars season is the first episode. After weeks of buildup and buzz, we finally get to see who has the stuff to take it all the way and who’s there simply for fodder and ratings. This season that title goes to Andy Dick. I just can’t see the Newsradio star doing well. Poor Sharna Burgess. After spending several seasons in the Dance Troupe, she finally gets promoted to the big time, but saddled with Dick. LOL. With that said, the duo looks like they having lots of fun in their official promo photo.

ABC just released all the competing stars with their professional partners. This crop of wannabe hoofers doesn’t have the star wattage as previous ones, but I’m really looking forward to this season. We have new pro blood in the form of STYCYD alum Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko and the aforementioned Burgess. Based on first impressions Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough and Val Chmerkovskiy have the best chemistry with their stars. Check out all the photos below.

check out all the photos after the jump

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