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Jaden, Willow Smith star in 'Find You Somewhere' video -- WATCH

Get ready to whip your collective hairs back and forth!

The Smith siblings have put out a new music video together, and when we say Smith siblings, we actually mean all three of them. AcE (a.k.a. Trey Smith — Will Smith’s son with Sheree Zampino) tapped into the combined star power of his two younger siblings Jaden and Willow for “Find You Somewhere.”

The video is a full-on family affair — it was also directed by Jada Pinkett Smith. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Celebrate 4th of July with Katy Perry, Will Smith, and more in our Spotify holiday playlist

Even though it awkwardly sits in the middle of the week this year, the Fourth of July remains the most ideal holiday: There’s no psychological trauma surrounding giving the right gift, you usually don’t have to travel to fully enjoy it, and there’s no somber occasion that makes you feel guilty about getting a day off from work. It’s simply an excuse to go outside, put meat on fire, and watch colorful things explode.

Of course, it’s also important to crank up some music as loud as humanly possible in order to fully enjoy the Fourth of July. That’s why EW has put together a special Spotify playlist for Independence Day, which features 29 killer songs sure to upgrade your backyard barbecue. There are odes to the summer months (Will Smith’s “Summertime,” Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime,” Flaming Lips “It’s Summertime”), hat tips to the home of the brave (Neil Young’s “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World,” Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom), and some actual songs called “4th of July” by the likes of Aimee Mann, X, and Bruce Springsteen.

You’ll also find a handful of tracks about partying, one or two shout-outs to the backyard, and Sweet’s “Fox On the Run” (because you can’t have a party without “Fox On the Run”).

Check out the playlist below, and please remember to handle your fireworks carefully. Happy Fourth! READ FULL STORY

Will Smith revives 'Summertime' on DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie's new mixtape

The quest to find the official song of the summer comes around again every year, and every year there are plenty of noble candidates. But every one of them still has to go toe-to-toe with one of the most indisputable summer jams of all time: DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime.”

In fact, before we move on, let’s go ahead and bask in its greatness, shall we? Pour the lemonade and watch the video below.

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Pitbull drops 'Men In Black' soundtrack tune 'Back in Time': Hear it here

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The summer of 1997 was pretty much ruled by Will Smith. The original Men in Black was a gigantic box office hit (it was the second-highest grossing film of ’97, behind a little flick called Titanic), and the Fresh Prince’s soundtrack tune “Men in Black” was ubiquitous on MTV and radio (it never charted on the Hot 100 because it was actually never released as a commercial single, but it dominated the Airplay chart all summer).

Five years later, Men In Black II hit theater screens, and Smith dropped another movie-centric single in “Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head).” Neither the film nor the single were as adored as the first versions, though both still did well.

Perhaps sensing his grip slipping, Smith has handed off the soundtrack duties on the forthcoming Men in Black III to Pitbull, who delivered “Back in Time” yesterday. It’s a song that plays on the new film’s time travel plot, and no, it is not just a cover of Huey Lewis & the News’ song from Back to the Future (though that would have been both ballsy and awesome).

Instead, it’s Pitbull speed-rapping over a sample of Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange,” which you’ll recognize from yet another film soundtrack. Give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Will Smith making a new album? A producer says yes

Though he began his career as an international superstar in the hip-hop world, Will Smith hasn’t released any new music since 2005’s Lost and Found (and considering it’s difficult to remember exactly what was on that album, it feels like it has been even longer).

Admittedly, he’s been pretty busy starring in gigantic blockbusters and shepherding the careers of his offspring, but it appears as though the Fresh Prince might be making a return to the microphone. READ FULL STORY

Willow Smith possibly remaking 'Parents Just Don't Understand': Good idea?

willow-smithImage Credit: Solarpix/PR PhotosWillow Smith only has one hit single to her name so far, but she’s already thinking about remaking one of her dad’s signature tunes. The “Whip My Hair” mini-diva told Yahoo! that she’s considering covering DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince‘s 1988 classic “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” “There’s a possibility that I will,” she’s quoted as saying (h/t Idolator). “It’s a really great song.”

Indeed it is. Let’s salute young Willow for recognizing how awesome DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were, and not rolling her eyes just because the Fresh Prince is her old man. Would that every 10-year-old today had the same level of appreciation for lighthearted late-’80s hip-hop. (Watch the original video after the jump.)

And yet…how drastically would “Parents Just Don’t Understand” have to be retooled to fit on 2011’s radio playlists? Can Willow Smith actually rap? Would it be weird to hear her complaining about non-understanding parents, considering the fact that her actual parents are universally beloved movie stars?

So many questions for something that’s still just a vague “possibility.” For now, you tell us: Is this a good idea or not? Would you like to hear Willow Smith cover “Parents Just Don’t Understand”? READ FULL STORY

Willow Smith's 'Whip My Hair' video: Watch it here

willow-smithImage Credit: Solarpix/PR PhotosWhen did nine-year-olds get so very saucy? When I was nine, I had no sauce. Then again, my dad was neither fresh nor prince.

Will and Jada’s child empire continues to rise with the release of the video—leaked early today, then continually pulled until its official debut on 106 & Park tonight—for young Willow’s breakout single, “Whip My Hair.” And whip it she does, like Corey Glover minus the agit-rock politics and the scuba shortie suit.

I confess I was inclined at first to dismiss her quick rise as the worst kind of showbiz nepotism, and the pop stage as an entirely inappropriate and overly sexualized place for one so young. (Exception!) But this clip is about to put a boom in the chiropracting industry (with possible ancillary benefits for housepaint), because girl can snap it: READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z signs Will Smith's 9-year-old daughter, Willow

Will Smith’s nine-year-old daughter, Willow, has signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Columbia Records to release her debut album. This news comes on the heels of Willow’s first single, “Whip My Hair,” gaining Internet buzz (you can read my thoughts on the song here). In a statement, Jay-Z said, “We at Roc Nation are excited to work with Willow. 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. Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career.”

Listen below to “Whip My Hair”…

What do you think about Willow signing with Roc Nation, Music Mix-ers? Is that a smart choice for the young singer?

(Follow The Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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Will Smith's daughter releases new single: Is she the next Rihanna?

Will Smith’s son Jaden has already had a fantastic summer thanks to the success of his remake of The Karate Kid. Now, Smith’s daughter, Willow, is following in her father’s and mother’s (Jada Pinkett-Smith fronted the rock band Wicked Wisdom) footsteps by releasing her first single, the bouncy “Whip My Hair.” While I was hesitant to listen to the track at first…I actually kinda love it. It’s ridiculously catchy (the hook “I whip my hair back and forth” will be in your head all day long) and it’s got great production values; it’s sorta like Lil’ Mama meets Rihanna. Honestly, if Rihanna recorded this tune, we’d all be saying it’s the next big hit. Take a listen below to “Whip My Hair”…

What do you think Music Mix-ers? Is Willow Smith have what it takes to be a music superstar, like her dad? Or are you underwhelmed?

(Follow The Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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Guilty Pleasures, Round One: Celine Dion (5) vs. Will Smith (12)

EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With 32 seeded contestants (see all the matchups), this tournament is sure to change hearts, minds, and lives for weeks to come. Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used in subsequent rounds, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore. Thank you.

Celine Dion Will Smith

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