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Willow Smith drops a new album, Ardipithecus

Leave to Willow Smith to offer a holiday surprise out of the blue. The popular teen daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has released a new album for fans, a follow-up to her 2010 single, “Whip My Hair.” That previous single was quite a hit, the track went platinum just as the young girl was celebrating her 10th birthday.

The new album is a full-length installment to her budding musical career and is called Ardipithecus. The sudden drop isn’t a complete surprise, Smith has been teasing a release for the past week on her Twitter account. Earlier this week Smith teased fans with the Tweet, “Dec. 11th” offering no details on what the date would bring. Now we know that she meant her release date and the album is actually available on streaming networks like Spotify.

Fans should enjoy the new music over the weekend, the album is a progressive jump for the young musician. There are 15 tracks on Ardipithecus, it’s been reported that Smith both wrote and produced the new music and her own. A mix of pop and hip-hop, the album will hit the charts this week, though it has a lot of catching up to do to conquer Smith’s earlier work. You can also find Smith’s older brother on the album, under the name AcE.

You can find the album on Spotify starting today, no word yet if the album will travel to all streaming services. Since Taylor Swift left the service and withheld her music for the sake of album sales, it’s been a popular move among pop-stars. Adele released her single on streaming services like Apple Music but has no plans of releasing the album to Spotify or Apple Music for free anytime soon. It’s nice to see a younger star opening up her music to more listeners, though it will be interesting to see how that both affects her chart-rankings and album sales over the next few weeks.