Tinashe is an American singer-songwriter. Her full name is Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe. The 24 year old was born in Kentucky but moved to La Crescenta, California, with her family in 2003. Her parents are Michael and Aimie Kachingwe and she has two younger brothers, Thulani, 18, and Kudzai, 16.
On June 13, 2017, Tinashe’s name started trending on Twitter, but not because of a new single or a new album. She started a wave of chatter following an interview with The Guardian in which she addressed the competition amongst black female singers.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Tinashe Took Heat on Social Media for Comments She Made About Black Singers
In June 2017, Tinashe found herself in the middle of controversy. In an interview with The Guardian, Tinashe talked about the apparent consensus that there isn’t much room in the entertainment world for black female singers.
“Recently, my cousin was with a friend of a friend, who was in high school, and she was like: ‘I’m a fan of Kehlani,’ but in a way that was like, ‘So I can’t be a fan of Tinashe, too.’ Then my friend posed the question, ‘Why not be a fan of both?’ It’s kind of like sport; people feel like they have to pick a side. There are hundreds of [male] rappers that all look the same, that sound the same, but if you’re a black woman, you’re either Beyoncé or Rihanna. It’s very, very strange,” she told The Guardian.
When asked about Ciara and how she’d gone through something similar, Tinashe agreed.
“It felt like they almost had to sacrifice someone because there wasn’t enough room, which isn’t true. Ciara’s an amazing artist, Beyoncé’s an amazing artist, Rihanna’s an amazing artist, and they’re all very different,” she said.
Twitter lit up with comments to Tinashe, causing a social media debate. Many Twitter users voiced their opinions on the matter, some slamming the singer and others blaming her management team for not coming through for her. Check out some of the reactions to Tinashe’s interview below.
2. Tinashe’s New Album Is Called ‘Joyride’
Tinashe is preparing to release her sophomore album, Joyride. The release date has not yet been revealed.
“It’s gonna come out when it comes out. I’m just excited to continue to release new material. I have a lot of new music and I’m really excited about that,” the singer recently told Rap-Up.
Joyride is described as the second album of a two-part series. The first album in the set, Nightride, was released in late 2016. Below is the track list for Nightride.
1. “Lucid Dreaming”
2. “C’est La Vie”
4. “Binaural Test”
7. “Soul Glitch”
8. “You Don’t Know Me”
10. “High Speed Chase” (Interlude)
11. “Ride of Your Life”
12. “Party Favors”
13. “You Can Stay Here Tonight” (Interlude)
14. “Touch Pass”
15. “Ghetto Boy”
So far, only four songs have been confirmed for Joyride. They are “Flame,” “Stay The Night,” “No Contest,” and “In Love With You.”
“The majority of the album was already there, so it wasn’t like that much changed. I see [Nightride andJoyride] as two things that are equally the same. I think you can be a combination of things, and that’s what makes people human and complex. They are equally me. I don’t like to be limited to one particular thing so I want to represent that duality and that sense of boundlessness in my art,” she told Rolling Stone in November.
In April, Tinashe released her newest single “Flame.” You can listen to it below.
Tinashe’s first album, “Aquarius” was released in 2014. It received positive feedback and debuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200. Her most popular song off the album was “2 On” featuring rapper ScHoolboy Q.
According to Complex Magazine, almost all of Tinashe’s songs have been recorded in her bedroom.
3. Tinashe Was Recently Linked to Calvin Harris But Denied Dating Him
“I mean, I’m still definitely single, so that’s all that we’re at right now,” Tinashe told the publication when asked about the romance rumors. She did say, however, that Harris gave her some tips about performing in Las Vegas ahead of her August performance at Intrigue nightclub in Las Vegas.
“He mostly just said, obviously, ‘Just go out there.’ Vegas is a different crowd every night so you never know what to expect, so I’m looking forward to it being a really good crowd. I know there are fans that have traveled from far, so I’m excited to see them,” she shared.
According to the website Who’s Dated Who, Tinashe has been in relationships with Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, and Eve. In 2012, Tinashe tweeted about rumors that she was bisexual. You can see the tweet below.
Her current relationship status is listed as single.
4. Tinashe Has Toured With Nicki Minaj & Katy Perry
In 2016, Tinashe headlined her own tour. According to Billboard, the tour kicked off on February 28, 2016, at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The “Flame” singer visited over 40 cities before wrapping her tour on May 26, 2016, -at Metro City in Perth, Australia.
Although her fans are hoping that she will head out on tour after releasing Joyride, there are no upcoming tour dates listed on her website.
5. Tinashe Has Collaborated With Nick Jonas, Britney Spears, & Enrique Iglesias — To Name a Few
Tinashe’s name in the business has often followed the word “featuring.” She has collaborated on several songs from Britney Spears’ “Slumber Party” to Nick Jonas’ “Jealous.” In 2016, she was featured on the English version of Enrique Iglesias’ “Duele El Corazon.” Over the past several months, Tinashe has collaborated with Lost Kings (“Quit You”) and Tinie Tempah (“Text From Your Ex”).