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[06/16/14 - 01:09 PM]
Zendaya to Star and Perform in Lifetime Original Movie "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" (WT)
Zendaya will record four of Aaliyah's songs for the film, including many of her hit singles.

[via press release from Lifetime]

ZENDAYA TO STAR AND PERFORM IN LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE "AALIYAH: PRINCESS OF R&B" (WT)

Based on the Bestselling Book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, Film Chronicles the R&B Superstar's Rise to Fame and Tragic Death

Los Angeles, CA (June 16, 2014) - Platinum-selling recording artist Zendaya (Shake It Up!, Dancing with the Stars) will portray Aaliyah in a Lifetime Original Movie about the life of the actress and R&B sensation who, at the height of her stardom, tragically died in a plane crash. Zendaya will record four of Aaliyah's songs for the film, including many of her hit singles. Based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher Farley, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B (wt), the first movie about the beloved artist, will be filmed this summer and premiere in the Fall.

Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed "street but sweet" Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. But behind the spotlight, Brooklyn-born, Detroit-raised Aaliyah Dana Haughton struggled to succeed in a tough business while staying grounded in the midst of her growing celebrity. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer's inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard's tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry's most successful artists in history.

Multi-talented actress and Hollywood Records artist Zendaya recently released her self-titled 2013 debut full-length album on which she delivers soulful pop with an urban edge. Her first single from the album, "Replay," was certified platinum for selling 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. this January, and now has more than 54 million views on YouTube. Zendaya will star in the upcoming Disney Channel Original Series K.C. Undercover and the Disney Channel Original Movie, Zapped, which premieres this summer. She starred as Raquel "Rocky" Blue on the hit Disney Channel series Shake It Up!, as well as Shake It Up: Made In Japan, the record breaking song and dance-filled special that featured her single and video "Fashion is My Kryptonite." Zendaya was also the break out star and runner-up on Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.

Aaliyah:Princess of R&B will be produced by Aaliyah Productions, Inc. Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries, Sparkle) will serve as executive producers. Bradley Walsh (Turn the Beat Around) will direct from a script written by Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar).

ABOUT LIFETIME

Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. As a result of the network's aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, 2013 marked Lifetime's second straight year of growth among Total Viewers. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LL0C, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.





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