Willow Smith

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Willow Smith
Willow Smith 2011.jpg
Willow Smith at the White House, Easter Egg Roll in April 2011.
Background information
Birth name Willow Camille Reign Smith
Also known as Willow
Born (2000-10-31) October 31, 2000 (age 13)
Los Angeles, California
Genres R&B, pop, hip hop, dance
Occupations Actress, singer, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Roc Nation/Columbia Records (2010-present)
Associated acts Nicki Minaj, Jaden Smith, Trey 'AcE' Smith[1] Melodic Chaotic
Website www.willowsmith.com

Willow Camille Reign Smith (born October 31, 2000), known simply as Willow Smith or Willow, is an American child actress, singer and dancer. She is the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and the younger sister of Willard Carroll "Trey" Smith III and Jaden Smith. Smith made her acting debut in 2007 in the film I Am Legend and later appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl alongside Abigail Breslin. She received a Young Artist Award for her performance.

Apart from her acting, she launched a music career in the fall of 2010 with the release of her singles "Whip My Hair" and "21st Century Girl", and signed to her current mentor Jay-Z's record label Roc Nation, becoming the youngest artist signed to the label. "Whip My Hair" has peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video was nominated for Video of the Year at the BET Awards of 2011.[2]

Early life[edit]

Willow Smith was born October 31, 2000 in Los Angeles, California,[3][4] the daughter of musician-actor Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett Smith. She has an older half-brother, Trey Smith and an older brother, Jaden Smith; who is a child actor. Smith and her brothers are youth ambassadors for Project Zambia, which, in conjunction with Hasbro,[5][6] provides assistance for Zambian children orphaned by AIDS.

Acting career[edit]

Smith made her acting debut in I Am Legend alongside her father.[7] Her next film, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,[8] was released on July 2, 2008. In 2008, she voiced the character of young Gloria in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, alongside her mother as older Gloria.

On January 20, 2011, Will Smith announced he was planning to produce a remake of the famous comic strip Little Orphan Annie starring Smith in the title role. Jay-Z is also in talks to provide the music for the film and possibly create brand new songs.[9] However, Smith was considered too old and the title role was given to Quvenzhané Wallis in February 2013.[10]

Music career[edit]

2010–2012: Knees and Elbows[edit]

In June 2010, Smith's mother Jada Pinkett Smith announced in an interview on Lopez Tonight that Smith would be releasing an album. Smith then released her first single, "Whip My Hair", which went platinum in the US and peaked at number 11. In the UK the single peaked at number two. Smith soon after announced her next single, "21st Century Girl". After she performed the song on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she released it the next day on February 3, 2011. The video was released March 9, 2011.

On October 6, 2011, "Fireball", a collaboration between Smith and rapper Nicki Minaj, was released. "Fireball" was a commercial failure, failing to chart in any type of music market, except the US R&B chart, charting at 121. It was her first song to miss the Billboard Hot 100. Smith's producer announced that they were almost finished working on her debut album, and it should be done soon. He also said it has a similar style to "Whip My Hair". The title of the album was later announced to be Knees and Elbows.[11] It was scheduled to be released around April 2012, but was announced that it would be released later in the year. On May 1, 2012, she released the "Do it Like Me (Rockstar)" music video,[12] saying that it was her "first video ever".[12] On July 2, 2012, Smith released "I Am Me" music video at the BET Awards. On July 17, she released her fourth single "I Am Me" via iTunes and Amazon. As of August 2014, the album has still not been released.

2013–present: Melodic Chaotic[edit]

In early 2013, Smith released her fifth single, "Sugar and Spice." In Summer 2013, Smith and DJ Fabrega started a duo titled "Melodic Chaotic"."The Intro" was released as the first work, "Summer Fling" was released as the second work of the two on July 6, 2013. The music video was directed by Smith and Mike Vargas who previously directed her single "I Am Me". The song has been widely criticized for its mature tone, the use of the word "fling", and the fake British accent she incorporates.[13][14][15] On September 16, 2013, Smith performed "Summer Fling" on the series premiere of The Queen Latifah Show. During the performance, she said: "Just for clarity, the word fling means something that's short lived...And this song is dedicated to all the kids around the world whose summer is never long enough."[16] Later in 2013, Smith released the single, "Drowning".

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[17]
US R&B
[18]
AUS
[19]
AUT
[20]
CAN
[21]
DEN
[22]
GER
[23]
IRE
[24]
NZ
[25]
UK
[26]
"Whip My Hair" 2010 11 5 18 2 18 9 44 11 16 2 Knees and Elbows (never released)[11]
"21st Century Girl" 2011 99 16 11
"Fireball"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
124
"I Am Me" 2012
"Sugar and Spice" 2013
"Drowning"
Non-album single
"5"
(featuring Jaden Smith)[31]
2014
"8"
"Cuban Pete" (featuring SZA)
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Featured singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2012 "Find You Somewhere" (Jaden Smith featuring AcE & Willow Smith)[32] The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape Vol. 1
2013 "Kite" (Jaden Smith featuring Willow Smith)[33] Non-album song

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2010 "Whip My Hair" Ray Kay
2011 "21st Century Girl" Rich Lee
"Fireball" Hype Williams
2012 "Do It Like Me (Rockstar)" Willow Smith
"I Am Me" Mike Vargas
2013 "Summer Fling" as Melodic Chaotic Willow Smith & Mike Vargas

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 I Am Legend Marley Neville[34][35]
2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Countee Garby
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Baby Gloria Voice
2009 Merry Madagascar Abby Voice / TV movie
2009–2010 True Jackson, VP Young True[36] 2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Results
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film (Young Actress Age Ten or Younger) I Am Legend Nominated
2009 Best Performance in a Feature Film (Young Ensemble Cast) Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Won
2010 Annie Award Voice Acting in a Television Production Merry Madagascar Nominated
2011 VirtuaMagazine Awards Best New Artist Herself Won
NAACP Image Award[37] Outstanding New Artist Herself Won
Outstanding Music Video "Whip My Hair" Nominated
BET Awards Video of the Year Nominated
Best New Artist Nominated
YoungStar Award Won (Tied with Jaden Smith)
2012 Herself Nominated
2014 VEVOCertifiedAwards 100.000.000 views "Whip My Hair" Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Jaden (September 17, 2012). "Find You Somewhere - AcE featuring Jaden and Willow". Official Jaden's Channel. YouTube.
  2. ^ "Video of the Year". Black Entertainment Television (BET). Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ Leone Shewfelt, Raechal (October 31, 2012). "Happy birthday, Willow Smith! 12 reasons why she's cooler than most of us". Us Weekly.
  4. ^ "Willow Smith Biography". Biography. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Jaden and Willow Smith support Project Zambia". In Touch Weekly. October 7, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Actors Jaden and Willow Smith Join Hasbro, Inc.'s Project Zambi as Youth Ambassadors". Project Zambi. October 7, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ Orloff, Brian; Lazaruk, Lauren (December 2, 2007). "Will Smith: My Daughter Wants to Be Paris Hilton". People. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ Smith, Krista (June 2010). "Rising Son: The New Karate Kid". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Will Smith Planning ‘Annie’ Remake With Jay-Z". Screen Rant. January 20, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (February 24, 2013). "Beasts of the Southern Wild' breakout Quvenzhané Wallis to star in new big-screen 'Annie'". EW.com. 
  11. ^ a b Moody, Nekesa Mumbi (December 8, 2011). "Willow Smith Talks New Album 'Knees and Elbows'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Cubria, Kaitlin (May 2, 2012). "Willow Smith Debuts Her First Ever Music Video for "Do It Like Me (Rockstar)"". Teen.com. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Willow Smith's "Summer Fling" Video Is Full of Fake Accents, Dancing & Young Love—Watch Now!". de.eonline.com. July 8, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Willow Smith and Her Fake Accent Have a Blast in ‘Summer Fling’ Video". jezebel.com. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Willow Smith’s New Music Video Proves Whipping Your Hair Is Out, Faking A British Accent Is In". crushable.com. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Willow Smith Performs ‘Summer Fling’ on ‘The Queen Latifah Show'". Rap-Up. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ Caulfield, Keith; Pietroluongo, Silvio (November 4, 2010). "Chart Moves: Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Kanye West". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Willow Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart: 29/11/2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  20. ^ Steffen Hung. "Willow – Whip My Hair". australian-charts.com. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Nielsen Music: Canadian Update (November 5, 2010)". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "Willow – Whip My Hair". danishcharts.com. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  23. ^ musicline.de / PhonoNet GmbH. "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News et-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  24. ^ "irishcharts.com – Discography Willow". irish-charts.com. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Willow Smith". charts.org.nz. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Chart Stats – Willow Smith". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 
  27. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – January 25, 2011". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. January 31, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  29. ^ "British certifications – Willow – Whip My Hair". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 20, 2014.  Enter Whip My Hair in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Click Go
  30. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum – January 2011". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  31. ^ "New Music: Willow Smith f/ Jaden – '5'". Rap-Up. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  32. ^ "Video: AcE f/ Jaden & Willow Smith – ‘Find You Somewhere’". Rap-Up.com. September 17, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  33. ^ "New Music: Jaden Smith f/ Willow – ‘Kite’". Rap-Up.com. January 14, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  34. ^ Howell, Peter (December 3, 2007). "Will Smith goes it alone". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  35. ^ Freydkin, Donna (December 11, 2007). "'Legend' premiere has that Smith family vibe". USA Today. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  36. ^ don't forget "testing true"! :). Ashley Argota, YouTube, a.k.a. ashargota (official YouTube channel). 1:42 minutes in. "Willow Smith, who is Will Smith's daughter, is going to be playing Young True."
  37. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (March 7, 2011). "'21st Century Girl' Willow Smith wins new-artist NAACP Image Award". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved March 8, 2011. 

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