Tinashe will release her much anticipated new album Joyride – the follow-up to her breakout debut LP Aquarius – at some point in the coming months, and today the singer premiered her new video for “Player,” featuring Chris Brown. In the clip, Tinashe shows off her frenzied, elastic dance moves in a video game-style showdown of skills, with each adversary bringing her closer to the final level, a dance-off versus Brown, who also contributes a verse to the cut.
Speaking to Rolling Stone in September, Tinashe talked about how choreography and highly athletic dancing is a constant at her live shows. “The live aspect is such a huge part of who I am as an artist,” Tinashe said. “With like Janet Jackson, that was always so important for me in artists and something that I always loved. I saw, in recent years, just kids not having anybody that was fresh and bringing to the table a really, really well-thought-out and entertaining live show.”
Tinashe was also handpicked by Jackson to pay tribute to the Unbreakable singer at the BET Awards, and has received endorsements from artists like Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, who recruited her to serve as opening act on her Pinkprint Tour.
When Tinashe’s follow-up to the acclaimed Aquarius does arrive, it will feature production from a wide variety of studio all-stars like Max Martin, Dev Hynes, Dr. Luke and Dev Hynes. “I have so many sides to me and things that I want to represent. Working with all of those producers is a search to be versatile and being versatile,” she said.