Willow Smith Surpasses A Billion Music Streams

Youngest Smith achieves a family milestone

Willow Smith / Instagram Photo

The “Whip My Hair” artist Willow Smith has entered a new level on the music scene.

The Smith star studded family is known for their talent within the entertainment industry and  embracing their individual uniqueness in multiple genres. Willow, the youngest of the crew, has just set a high milestone achievement within her family by reaching one billion Spotify streams for her hit track “Wait a Minute!”.

As someone who’s been listening to this track since she first released it in 2015, I’m so happy to witness that Smith is receiving the recognition she deserves. Although she hit the music scene very early into her career, the growth that she’s developed within her artist maturity is extremely therapeutic to listen to. “Wait a Minute!” was released as a single that was also featured on her debut album, Ardipithecus. Despite her family being full of award winning receipts, they couldn’t be more proud to honor this major moment for the singer. “In celebration of his daughter’s accomplishment, Will Smith shared a photo of Willow’s Spotify Artists profile, complete with the 1 billion streams and counting for the song . The proud daddy captioned his IG post:  “@willowsmith is the first person in the family to have a song with a BILLION streams.”

Will Smith’s IG post

There are only a handful of artists in the music industry that have been able to achieve the billion stream status that welcomes them into the Spotify “Billion Club”. Iconic artists such as Drake, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and more compile this list that has grown popularity recognition. Although numbers may not be necessarily everything for the biggest artists in the game, this 23-year-old is setting herself apart and showing what she’s truly capable of. Despite the initial track being released nine years ago, social media platforms like TikTok has only increased it’s attention. According to bnnbreaking, “The surge in streams can be attributed to the song’s association with the HereRightNow dance challenge on TikTok in 2019, which catapulted “Wait a Minute!” into the global spotlight. The track’s success story continued with a sped-up remix in 2022, further cementing its status as a modern classic.”

Now that Willow is holding the #1 rank for most streamed family member, I wonder what other achievements we’ll see from the star in the future and where her music career takes her next.


By Kori Barnes, University of Southern California

Instagram: @korixnicole


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Written by Kori Barnes

Hi! I can eat an entire jar of pickles in one setting and I LOVE to binge watch shows on Netflix. One of the most important quotes to me:
“and in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

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