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Will Smith's daughter Willow has one of the hit songs of the year, and Jay-z says she's at the start of an 'incredible journey'. But is it all still too much too young, asks Caroline Sullivan

Willow Smith only turned 10 in October, but you'd hardly have guessed it from watching her on the Ellen DeGeneres show on Us television last week. It was the debut TV performance of her first single, Whip My Hair, and she pulled it off with the unsettling poise – and

voice – of someone twice her age. DeGeneres accurately called the track "one of the hottest songs of the year" – it sold 137,000 downloads in the Us in its first week and is expected to be a hit here, too.

Whip My Hair is an energetic pop/R&B tune in which Willow cocks a snook at "the haters" and urges "all my ladies" – this probably means »

- Caroline Sullivan

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