The 16-year-old songstress released her debut album, Ardipithecus, Friday, after dropping hints to fans via her Twitter page this month that something big was coming Dec. 11. "Dec. 11," she tweeted on Dec. 4 and Dec. 9, saying nothing more.
As for what the album's title means, Willow told Fader via e-mail, "Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth," she said. "I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state."
"Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tell stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs," she continued. "Ardipithecus is my first album in my entire career and it makes me feel so blessed to be able to share my evolution with the LightEaters as I continue excavating my inner worlds."
Willow also dished on the album on Instagram, captioning a photo of the cover art for her album, "<ARDIPITHECUS RAMIDUS> // the first hominid bones found on Earth (supposedly ;) // I can't express how relieved I am to finally give my LightEaters my most recent inner excavation. This is just the beginning ... #msftsrepmusic --- PS. Links in Bio ••• P.S.S THANK YOU @oscarcash for makes this KICK-A** cover !!"
Willow's album strays away from her "Whip My Hair" days and instead goes alternative, with much of it having the same unique sound of her artistic music video "F-Q-C #7 (pronounced 'Frequency Number Seven').
Speaking of "F-Q-C" songs, Willow has an "F-Q-C #8" song on her new album. "I have an ongoing list of F Q-C songs," she continued. "These songs were created through characters I have developed within my mind."
The album is available on iTunes now, and you can listen to her new song from the album "F-Q-C #8" below!