4/11: Leaders of the New School


The 10-year-old rising star caught the attention of music moguls such as Jay-Z and garnered comparisons to label mate Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson with her debut single, “Whip My Hair.” The record sold 137,000 within it’s first week of release, making her the youngest artist in history to do so. After sifting through several offers, the pre-teen signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. “We at Roc Nation are excited to work with Willow,” said Jay, in a statement. “She has an energy and enthusiasm about her music that is truly infectious. It’s rare to find an artist with such innate talent and creativity at such a young age.” Her album will be released later this year. Before rocking the music scene, Smith acted on both the small and big screen.

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