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Exclusive: Tinashe Talks New Album, Janet Jackson Collaboration, Ciara Comparisons & More

Rising Star Also Talks Performance Style & Inspirations

Having dominated this Summer with club banger ‘2 On’, Tinashe is gearing up to unleash her debut album ‘Aquarius’ on the masses on October 7th.

With a sea of new names impacting the industry almost daily, the 21-year-old’s unique brand of sweet grittiness has resonated particularly well with critics and the record-buying public alike.

That Grape Juice caught with the rising star recently and chatted with her about a number of topics – including, of course, her LP, her wishes to collaborate with Pop queen Janet Jackson, the incessant Ciara comparisons, her inspirations and much more.

As ever, we ask the questions you really want answers to.

Check out our candid interview with a refreshingly frank Tinashe above…

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{Photo credit: That Grape Juice / Seye Isikalu}

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52 Comments

  1. September 17, 2014 at 11:08 am
    Beysus says:
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    This album needs to be a great body of work. Promotion has to go through the roof with this cause we don’t her ending up like the long list of Beyonce lessors… Which realistically COULD happen!

    • September 17, 2014 at 11:14 am
      Beysus says:
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      *don’t want

    • September 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm
      Sara says:
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      STFU!!!
      Tinashe is old and fresh while Beyoncé is old and pruned!!!

      • September 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm
        Beysus says:
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        “Tinashe is old” DEAD

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  2. September 17, 2014 at 11:19 am
    Kyle says:
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    I think now days more than ever it’s difficult to break through as a female R&B artist so it’s nice to see Tinashe doing her thing and being successful. She comes across very humble and down to earth in her interviews so this was a good watch! I’ll definitely grab a copy of “Aquarius” when it drops on 10/7!!

    • September 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm
      #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre Order "Aquarius" Now On iTunes) says:
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      Yay!

  3. September 17, 2014 at 11:53 am
    HOTSTUFF says:
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    i like this girl. if u ever read this tho, MAKE MORE upbeat URBAN/POP music and slowly go fully pop/alternative or you will be a hot FLOP. Feels like vegas, Pretend are cute tracks but not single material (just good for the album) ! There’s no time for boring ass rnb songs, the genre is practically dead…( doesn’t mean u can’t do it but take notes on RIHSUS…. )

  4. September 17, 2014 at 11:58 am
    AmbeRussell says:
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    I don’t seeit happening for here. Do I like her? Yeah, she’s cute, decent voice, dances well and does more choreography that is not just “1 and 2 spin, lick lips , hair flip and twerk, touch body, lick lips, hair lip other way & shake ass”. But as stated above, it is hard for female rnb singers to pop off and make a big impression in the music market right me. She is no different than sevyn streeter and we see how she turned out. But this girl had a summer smash so hopefully that will aid her when the album drops, though no other song has reall stuck like “2 on” has

  5. September 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    MMF says:
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    I love some Janet but stfu about calling her the pop queen. The only people that ever give her that title are the black queens that post on this blog. The world knows it’s Madonna if you like her or not

    • September 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm
      SH says:
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      B*******. Janet deserves the title, because not only does she belong to music’s royal family, but she has inspired legions of artists and has set industry records that have yet to be broken.

    • September 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm
      DerMc83 says:
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      It’s not a real title anyways. Folks get too carried away with these fake as titles. Some folks get really upset like its a real monarchy.

  6. September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm
    Tisha says:
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    Parts of your site still aren’t working for iPhone users.

  7. September 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm
    FutureCIARA says:
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    I wish the best for her.

  8. September 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm
    YAWN'ce Can't Sing says:
    • September 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm
      There once was a pimp and his h**.... says:
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      Wait a minute, your name is “YAWN’ce Can’t sing” yet you show a video of Beyonce embarrassing the hell out of some undercover fan who had a sign that claims she can’t sing.
      #Dazed and Confused

  9. September 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm
    CherylSoldierr says:
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    Cute

  10. September 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre Order "Aquarius" Now On iTunes) says:
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    I love how my fave is so different from all
    the people they compare her to. Can’t wait when this album
    comes out and she’ll show everyone who she really is.
    http://youtu.be/3Q3GCfYBr90

    • September 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm
      CherylSoldierr says:
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      Eh

      • September 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm
        #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre Order "Aquarius" Now On iTunes) says:
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        ?

      • September 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm
        NOLIES says:
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        @tinashestan IGNORE LOCAL THOTS!!!!

      • September 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm
        CherylSoldierr says:
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        Tinashe is local lol

      • September 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm
        #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre-Order "Aquarius" Now On iTunes) says:
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        My everyday bottom…. smh.
        You still trying to get me to like your deportee fave? Well it ain’t going to happen, keep trying.

      • September 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm
        CherylSoldierr says:
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        U got all that from an “eh”? Death! Pressedttttt

      • September 18, 2014 at 9:37 am
        #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre-Order "Aquarius" Now On iTunes) says:
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        I was referring to your “local” comment. It seemed shady and I didn’t like the “Eh” comment either. 🙂

      • September 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm
        CherylSoldierr says:
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        She is local though. That’s a fact. So it was ironic that that troll posted it, when Tinashe is the most local of them all. Worry about keeping feels like a flop in the iTunes top 200. Don’t worry about me or my fave babe.

  11. September 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm
    Nikko says:
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    Why did this clown bring up beyonce in the interview it’s obvious she only cares about her true inspirations Janet and Britney…..

  12. September 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    There once was a pimp and his h**.... says:
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    She seems real sweet. I’m actually surprised she really wants to collaborate with other females. Most females I see make it so obvious that they want to be the only one dominating so it’s refreshing to hear this from her. I’m definitely going to be checking for her music.
    #Not bad honey

  13. September 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    A. says:
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    Sam, what happened to the Brandy interview? its been some weeks since it was recorded

    could u tell us at least if its coming next week, or next month?

  14. September 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm
    NOLIES says:
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    O.k. This was a cute interview. She gave homage and it was genuine. You can’t help in her for that. Gotta wish it to happen for her.

  15. September 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm
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    She is o.k and i mean o.k. she shouldnt pull any stunts like queen of copy beyonce who was caught lip synching on video .. for the got the runs paris show by an upset fan who felt the fake b**** was trying to dupe the a.ssholes who brought tickets
    just be you and sing. not a fake fraud lip synch like beyonce

  16. September 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm
    did you say Justin Bieber,one Direction,ladygaga,miley or beyoncè says:
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    Her pic be giving me Aaliyah tea,like after c-error they should have learnt u can’t recreate Aaliyah her family have copyright but #kermitpic

  17. September 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm
    Stephy. says:
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    Her head & facial structure is annoying. But, get your money boo.

    • September 17, 2014 at 6:34 pm
      #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre Order "Aquarius" Now On iTunes) says:
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      Let’s see your face 🙂

  18. September 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm
    justin says:
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    I want her to do some deep, smooth Sade/Late 90s Janet type of music. I also want her to do some pop songs too with African stuff she did in Staying Afloat. What’s wrong with her putting some jazz in music? I’m gonna need her to stop trying to be like Rihanna, Beyonce, Ashanti and Britney Spears too. I just want my baby Tinashe to be dope, CLASSY and unique. Ima need my baby to stop lieing about things too.

    • September 18, 2014 at 9:22 am
      Queen booboo says:
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      Lying about what??

      • September 18, 2014 at 11:53 am
        justin says:
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        *lying
        I dint think she made all the beats to her mixtapes by herself

  19. September 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    Pu$$y Juice - Returns says:
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    She’s cute. Her music is intersting, i’ll be checking her album for sure.

  20. September 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm
    xharlie says:
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    this is cool! i remember when y’all gave zero phux about Tinashe. she’s come a long way.

  21. September 17, 2014 at 6:35 pm
    SC_ says:
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    Boring….

  22. September 18, 2014 at 3:03 am
    Jhené Aiko Stan says:
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    I’m starting to hear Pretend everywhere on the radio, so for those who thought she’d be another one-hit wonder Cassie, think again. She’s gorgeous and even though she isn’t delivering anything new or fresh, I lovin her music all the same. There’s been a void since Keri Hilson took an unnecessarily long break and I think Tinashe is ready to take that R&B/Pop lane over. She just needs the right cross over hit. What I like the most about her is her down to earth personality. I’m ready for that album!

  23. September 18, 2014 at 7:09 am
    The Wig Snatcher says:
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    The interview was good with the exception of Sam’s random desperation to include Beyonce in the line of questions. What was the purpose to throw her name in there when Tinashe never mentioned her as inspiration? The desperation of the BeyHIVe to make Beyonce a tour de force when she’ll never be that is real.

    • September 19, 2014 at 1:10 am
      Special Delivery says:
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      *Googles list of artistt influenced by Beyonce*. You were staing?

  24. September 18, 2014 at 7:44 am
    Antonio says:
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    i think the Ciara comparisons come from the fact Ciara’s soft voice is always on hard, gritty beats like Goodies, Oh, Ride, Gimmie Dat and Got Me Good. Musically, singers like Tinashe, Zinashe and Mila J are different from Ciara, but style wise, they’re somewhat similar

  25. September 18, 2014 at 9:52 am
    #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre-Order "Aquarius" Now On iTunes) says:
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    I am so glad Tinashe has an album coming out. Just when you thought you already knew…… she just switches it up on you 🙂 And real Tinashe stans know that there is more to her than “2 On” and she is far different than other females she gets compared to.

    NowPlaying: Tinashe – “Biding My Time”
    P.s this song is so dark!
    http://youtu.be/lET8kVX_0e4

  26. September 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm
    cocobutta says:
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    Quite interesting alternative tastes in music. Might help her if her sound is more than just R&B/Hip-Hop.

    Nice and cute and got personality so i’ll keep my ears open to other songs and see.

    Good interview

  27. September 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm
    Timago says:
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    Folks, all I have to say is…

    SMELLY FLOPLAND.

  28. September 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm
    ZimbabweanQueenTinashe says:
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    She’s good & fruitful she can bring young & raw but nothing a few years in the business can’t fix, but unfortunately she’s coming in2 the scene in an era where black music is suffering…

  29. September 18, 2014 at 11:54 pm
    Junior in Jamaica says:
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    She is all over the place with her face and hair and the glances. She needs to be less fidgety.

  30. September 19, 2014 at 10:14 am
    MariahIsMusic1 says:
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    She’s cute… I wish her all the best & I actually wish her longetivity

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