The first rule of Beyoncé is that no one will ever replace Beyoncé. But, based on the critical acclaim Tinashe's debut studio album, Aquarius, received last month, this rising R&B singer might just have the potential to get on the good Queen Bey's level.
Music video director Hannah Lux Davis certainly thinks so. "She's the next Beyoncé," Davis said to Billboard on Monday (November 10). "'2 On' [which Davis directed] shows her performing like the f--king star she is."
She also told the mag what it was like to work on Mike WiLL Made-It's "23" ("[Miley Cyrus'] energy on set was great."), Lil Wayne's "Love Me" ("Drake didn't know I was a female.") and Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" ("There were no weird explosions" among the video's three stars.)
Davis, who most recently directed Ariana Grande and The Weeknd's "Love Me Harder" video, is not the only industry figure to draw such comparisons between Tinashe and Beyoncé. In October, Jon Caramanica of The New York Times wrote that there is an "open lane for Tinashe" on the charts.
"Factor out Beyoncé and also Rita Ora," he continued, "and there’s not a single female R&B singer on the most recent Billboard hot R&B/hip-hop songs chart besides Tinashe, who appears both for the extremely durable '2 On' and for guesting on the Kid Ink song 'Body Language.' Soon, the singles from Beyoncé's most recent album will have come and gone. There will be no one to shout Tinashe down."
Hopefully, the BeyHive won't take that as a challenge.