21st Century Girl (Willow song)

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"21st Century Girl"
Single by Willow
from the album Knees and Elbows
Released March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre R&B, dance-pop, synthpop
Length 3:00
Label Columbia, Roc Nation
Writer(s) Drew Ryan Scott, Clyde McKnight, Johan Alkenas, Niclas Molinder and Omarr Rambert
Producer(s) Alke, Twin & Tim Carter
Willow singles chronology
"Whip My Hair"
(2010)
"21st Century Girl"
(2011)
"Fireball"
(2011)[1]

"21st Century Girl" is a song by American recording artist Willow. The song is the second single from her yet to be released debut album, Knees and Elbows.

Background[edit]

On January 22, 2011, Willow released a 16-second preview of the song on her Facebook page.[2] The video clip of the song shows Willow on the set of the music video. 21st Century Girl is an upbeat dance song and was produced by Swedish production team Twin.[3]

Willow debuted the full song on February 28 by performing the song on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[4] It was released on iTunes the following day on, March 1, 2011.

The song debuted at number 93 in the UK Singles Chart. It climbed a further two places to 91 on March 20. It charted at number 99 in the US charts.

Live performances[edit]

Willow performed the song on The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards. Willow performed at the White House Easter Egg Hunt. The song was also performed by Willow as a support act on UK dates of Justin Bieber's My World Tour.

Music video[edit]

The video was released on March 7, 2011, and shows Cicely Tyson playing a nomadic tribal woman pulling Willow from the sand in a desert.[5] Willow and her friends in the video then begin to pull an entire city out of the desert. The video was shot in Los Angeles and was directed by Rich Lee.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "21st Century Girl" – 3:00

Charts[edit]

The song charted far lower than Smith's debut single "Whip My Hair". It charted very low in the U.S, peaking in the Hot 100 at 100. In the UK, it stayed inside the chart for 2 weeks and peaking at #11. The song also made the top 40 in Ireland, peaking at #16.

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 16
UK Singles Chart[8] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 100

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