Both Willow Smith and Matthew Morrison gave Ryan Seacrest the exclusive first listen to their new singles. Willow is moving on from her "Whip My Hair" days with "21st Century Girl" which is again an empowering female anthem. Meanwhile, the "Glee" star gave away "Summer Rain", the first single from his debut solo album.
Willow sings in her first lines, "Give me an inch, I promise I'll take a mile/ Danger is beauty, I'll face it with a smile/ I'm on a mission with no restrictions/ Don't second guess myself, I'm born to be wild." She would perform the song live for the first time on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday, March 1, the same day the tune will be sold exclusively on iTunes.
There's still no word about Willow's album although the singer teased on Twitter last month, "Are you excited for my album?! It's coming soon........VERY soon!!" She will support Justin Bieber on a 13-date trek in U.K. beginning March 4.
As for Matthew's song, it's his way of wooing his lover to make love in the summer rain on the rooftop. "Your eyes are beggin' me to touch you there/ Could be a thousand people watchin' but we don't care," Matthew croons. The singer told Seacrest before the premiere, "I hope that people dig it, and if they don't they don't."
His new CD will be released in May, featuring a duet with Elton John and "old school soul". Speaking of the album, he said, "I think in the beginning I was trying to gear it towards the 'Glee' audience, to make it a kind of poppy, vibrant record. But then I started writing those kind of songs and it didn't resonate with me ... The album has evolved greatly."