Zendaya began her career in music by recording songs independently and releasing the singles "Swag It Out" and "Watch Me" in 2011, the latter a collaboration with Bella Thorne. She made her film breakthrough in 2017, starring as Michelle "MJ" Jones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming and as Anne Wheeler in the musical drama film The Greatest Showman.Speaking on the album Zendaya told MTV News that the music, is a "new wave of R&B.It’s where I think it should be going, or it should be headed; it’s very old-school vibe, but it’s a new age version.” In July 2015, Zendaya posted a snippet of a song produced by Timaland on Instagram, following this she appeared on a radio station in Duabi and premiered a longer snippet of the song entitled "Close Up".In the same year, she released "Watch Me," featuring Bella Thorne, on June 21. The second season of Shake It Up was announced on March 16, 2011, and premiered on September 18, 2011.On June 5, 2011, Shake It Up had a crossover episode with Good Luck Charlie.
In 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video for its cover of the song "Hot n Cold", which was released on Kidz Bop 15.
Zendaya grew as a performer in part at the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda where her mother works as the house manager in addition to training at the theater's student conservatory program.
She appeared in numerous stage productions while she was attending Oakland School for the Arts, starring as Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse and the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto's Theater Works.
On November 8, she posted another video of her lip-syncing to an R&B song which would be included on her upcoming album. In 2016, Zendaya landed her first Feature film role Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was released in July 2017.
She plays a high school student named Michelle in the film.