Willow Smith and Avril Lavigne are currently collaborating for a pop-punk track that will appear on Smith’s new album. It will come out this summer on Roc Nation.
The new album by Willow Smith is set to be her first venture into the pop-punk genre as an artist.
Avril Lavigne, 36, and Willow Smith, 20, wore the outfits one would expect a punk-rock artist to wear as they rocked out it out together during the filming of a new music video. Smith wore a ripped yellow T-shirt, neon plaid pants and chunky white boots, while Lavigne was rocking a black leather jacket, plaid pants, and a studded choker.
20-year-old Willow Smith recently spoke to V magazine about the new and upcoming music, about how she is finally happy to be collaborating with Avril Lavigne. She also revealed that she was bullied for listening to pop-punk bands back in school-
“I wanted to open myself up a little bit more and not just be so anti-social in the studio.”
“I’m so excited that I’m going to be having a song on the album with Avril Lavigne. She is so iconic. From 13 to 16, she was my idol. It’s really nice to be able to have a quintessential pop-punk record with the pop-punk queen.”
Willow Smith continued, saying that by releasing the album should hopefully inspire others to increase representation of people of color in rock music-
“Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different on top of the pressures that the music industry puts on you.”
“Now, it’s like an added pressure of the metal culture, the metal world, and just rock in general. I used to get bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance.”
“Just through the music that I’m putting out right now and the representation that I can bring to the mix, I just hope that the Black girls who are listening to my music and listening to this album see that there’s more of us out there. “
“It’s a real thing, you’re not alone. You’re not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side, and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?”
While Willow Smith’s new album will release this summer, he has already released a single from the album called ‘Transparent Soul’ which features Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, you can listen to it here.