If you’ve been surfing the internet over the past 72 hours you have probably come across the name Rebecca Black. Maybe you even watched the video for her single “Friday.” And I bet after watching the clip you asked yourself, “Is this a joke?”Don’t worry, many people are scratching their heads over the 13-year-old’s music video. Despite the online criticism Rebecca’s received, it’s taken her from obscurity to viral video stardom in just one weekend.Rebecca’s video appropriately surfaced on YouTube Friday of last week. The video got around 4,000 viewers by the end of the day. Word spread like wildfire on Twitter and blogs all over the web. Today, Rebecca’s video stands at just over 2.5 millions views. Not bad for a weekend’s work!But who is this budding teen singer? Why does everyone think this is a joke? And why are so many people hating on the youngster? Well, if you haven’t watched the video, let’s get you up to speed.
Watch Rebecca Black’s “Friday” music video below:
The general reaction to Rebecca’s song has been negative since the video’s release on Friday evening. Most people seem to believe it’s a big joke. Interestingly, the hate has only fueled Rebecca’s popularity. The teenager has been a trending topic on Twitter all weekend and remains atop the list today. Even Nick and Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers quoted lyrics from the song on Twitter.The video for the track is fairly normal for a singer her age: hanging out with friends, taking a joyride and having a good time at a party. What really gets people about the track are the lyrics. ”Yesterday was Thursday/today it is Friday/tomorrow is Saturday/And Sunday comes afterward,” explains the singer on the song’s hook. Is she serious? You bet she is!That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ridiculous lyrics included on this track. “… front seat back, back seat, which seat should I take?!,” contemplates the teen about the car’s seating arrangement. Or this gem about deciding what to have for breakfast: ”Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal.” It all sounds pretty ridiculous.Of course, where there’s hate on the internet, there will be parodies, remixes and covers songs. It didn’t take long before YouTube was inundated with haters and lovers alike commenting and posting their own creative takes on “Friday.” From acoustic guitar covers to dubstep remixes to the chipmunk-infused parodies, there’s something to tickle everyone’s funny bone… as if the original wasn’t funny enough.
Watch a cover of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” below:
If there’s so much hate for the track why are we paying so much attention to it? The answer is simple: the song is catchy! The lyrics may be ridiculous and the clip may contain some of the worst acting caught on video, but it’s annoyingly catchy. You’ll probably find yourself singing or humming along to the pop tune, much like Miley Cyrus‘ “Party In The USA” or Justin Bieber‘s “Baby.” Admit it… you’re guilty of singing along. We all have been at some point.Will Rebecca Black make it big? Only time will tell. But if she has your attention now, she’ll probably have it again if and when she chooses to deliver tracks for every other day of the week.