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December 20, 2010

Fake Willow Smith show advertised in Maryland

willowsmith.jpegAn ad in Friday's paper had some great news for local fans of Willow Smith: her first show in the state.

But as if you couldn't tell from the picture to your right, the show is a fake. Label RocNation confirmed none of the members of the Smith family have any shows scheduled in Baltimore or anywhere in Maryland in the foreseeable future.

You're still invited to whip your hair in the comfort of your own home, though.

The ad in the Live section of the Sun was tellingly rudimentary: just eight lines in different fonts - including Comic Sans - on a five-by-five black background.

It didn't include the concert's location, or the day.

It said the show would be produced by the conveniently vague North American Concerts N.A.

Naturally, the ad did include the cost of tickets - $25 in advance or $50 on the day of the show. How reasonably affordable! 

Tickets could be purchased by e-mailing whipinghair@gmail.com, which if anything, sounds like one of those great Baltimore hair salon names.

So far, e-mails to that address have gone unanswered When asked for more information, someone at that e-mail address wrote details would be announced soon.*

Smith's label, RocNation, confirmed the show is a hoax. She is scheduled perform in Europe next year, but has no plans to visit Maryland, said label spokeswoman Jana Fleishman.

The ad likely appeared looking to cash in on an official announcement earlier this month that Smith would tour with Justin Bieber.  

Smith, the ten-year-old daughter of "Wild Wild West" star Will Smith, began a music career this year with the release of the massively popular single "Whip my Hair."

Take this bit of news in stride Willow. A scam concert is the scuzziest sign you've truly arrived.

Update*: Just got a response from whipinghair@gmail.com: "Details Coming Soon. How many tickets would you like?"


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Posted by Erik Maza at 1:38 PM | | Comments (10)
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Comments

I think I would've called BS when I saw that the email address was (A) a Gmail account and (B) they misspelled "whipping".

THis might be interesting if I knew who the F Willow Smith is...

What's the Sun's policy regarding advertisements? Are they "fact checked", or is the only limitation that it isn't selling something illegal (drugs, sex, Four Loko)?

Come on @anon - Willow Smith is the daughter of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Benny Medina is the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Will Smith got all his kids working- he's like Joe Jackson or something.

I just think it's funny how Will and Jada swapped their names with their kids, Willow and Jaden.

This is the first time I've ever heard of Willow Smith.

The Sun does not fact check the ads that come through. To do so, would require A LOT more manpower than what's available, if you look at the classified section.

However, when a fraudulent ad is confirmed, local authorities are contacted, the ad (should there be any remaining run dates) is pulled, and the contact and payment information provided at purchase, are entered into a database of "no sells" which are further forbidden from placing ads.

Wollow smith u are so cool

You really had to bill Will Smith as "Wild Wild West" star Will Smith? You should have gone with daughter of Will Smith, best known as DJ Jazzy Jeff's co-star on Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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