Tinashe will likely be thrust into the spotlight when her debut studio album Aquarius hits stores this month. The 21-year-old Los Angeles singer, who guest starred on Two and a Half Men, already has a No. 1 R&B song — "2 On" — under her belt that was remixed by Drake, and her name tends to pop up when the discussion turns to pop's rising stars.
She had the chance to sit down with Stereogum recently and talk about the new record. What is with the astrology, anyway?
"I mean to me it's kind of a metaphor, and it represents, like, this is my introduction to a lot of people musically who maybe haven't heard anything of mine before, and I'm just bringing to the table a new kind of music and entertainment, hopefully," she said.
"It has been a long time coming," she continued. "I've put a lot, a lot, a lot of hard work and time and effort into this album and into my career in general from being in entertainment since I was a kid. For people to think it happened over night or — just to be seeing all of this exciting stuff come to fruition, it's definitely exciting. It's surreal. It's a long time coming."
You might also recognize her as Celeste, the attractive teenage neighbor from Two and a Half Men, back when Charlie Sheen was the star. Will she continue her acting career?
"I think," she said. "I hope in the future to kind of get back into it and do some more acting. I think that makes sense for me in the future. But I wanted to establish myself as a musical artist so people would know I was taking it seriously and it wasn't just something I was trying out for fun."
Perhaps the biggest moment of her young career was when Drake got his hands on "2 On" and delivered a remix in May. Did she know that was coming?
"No, I actually had no idea," Tinashe said. "I found out on Twitter the day it was released, so that was a nice surprise. He didn't really tell me at all. Total surprise."
"I'd met him before, but we weren't ... like, I didn't have his number when he did it or anything like that," she continued. "We weren't like friends, but after that came out we kind of became friends, and then he invited me to do the OVO Fest."