Friday (Rebecca Black song)

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"Friday"
Single by Rebecca Black
Released March 14, 2011[1]
Format Digital download
Genre Teen pop, dance-pop, electropop
Length 3:30
Label Ark Music Factory
Writer(s) Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson
Producer Ark Music Factory
Rebecca Black singles chronology
"Friday"
(2011)
"LOL"[2]
(2011)

"Friday" is a song by American singer Rebecca Black. It was written and produced by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson. It was released as a single on March 14, 2011 by Ark Music Factory as Black's debut single.[3]

Background[change | edit source]

An worker for Ark Music Factory told Rebecca Black's mother about the company's production services in late 2010; Black was 13 years old at the time. She was living in Anaheim Hills, California.[4][5] Rebecca Black's mother, Georgina Kelly, paid Ark Music $4,000 for a song and a music video that included a choice of two songs written beforehand.[6] Black chose "Friday", as "the other song was about adult love – I haven't experienced that yet. I felt like it was my personality in that song."[7]

The payment covered one half or less of the production costs of the music video, and Black's family could have paid nothing in exchange for giving up all rights to the song.[4][6] Black chose "Friday", as "the other song was about adult love – I haven't experienced that yet. I felt like it was my personality in that song."[7][8] Ark Music extensively used the pitch-correcting software Auto-Tune.[9] Although Kelly had some doubts over the quality of the lyrics, Black assured her that "I sang it as they wrote it, Mom."[5] "Friday" co-writer Patrice Wilson explained that "I wrote the lyrics on a Thursday night going into a Friday. I was writing different songs all night and was like, 'Wow, I've been up a long time and it's Friday.' And I was like, wow, it is Friday!"[10][11]

Reception[change | edit source]

The music video for the song became a viral video. The song was criticized for the lyrics, the use of Auto-Tune and the video. On March 11, 2011, the video's view count on YouTube was still about 4,000. As of April 15, 2011, the video had over 102 million views, 2.1 million comments, 240 000 "likes" and 2 million "dislikes".[12] Since the growth in popularity of the song and video, there have been numerous parody videos and remixes.[13][14] Forbes has said that the unpopularity of the song is another sign of the power of social media – specifically Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. It also said these media could create "overnight sensations."[15][16] Despite the very bad reviews, pop music celebrities Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, and Simon Cowell have supported Black.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Friday - Single by Rebecca Black". iTunes Store. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/friday-single/id426285657. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  2. "Rebecca Black following 'Friday' with 'LOL' single and album". New Musical Express. Time Inc.. 2011-03-26. Archived from the original on 2011-03-28. http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/55718. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  3. Williams, Mary Elizabeth (2011-03-14). "What's behind the "worst music video ever"?". Salon.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. http://wayback.archive.org/web/20110629121756/http://www.salon.com/entertainment/tv/feature/2011/03/14/rebecca_black_friday_horror/. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Larsen, Peter (2011-03-17). "O.C.'s Rebecca Black talks about 'Friday'". Orange County Register. http://articles.ocregister.com/2011-03-17/news/29143204_1_music-video-history-of-pop-music-song-and-video. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lee, Chris (2011-03-17). "Rebecca Black: 'I'm Being Cyberbullied'". The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-17/rebecca-black-friday-and-cyberbullying/. Retrieved 2011-03-18.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Larsen, Peter (2011-03-29). "Rebecca Black's mom sets the record straight on Leno lip-sync rumors". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/rebecca-293983-straight-black.html. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Levison, Sam (2011-03-18). "Finally "Friday"". Blog Daily Herald. http://blogdailyherald.com/2011/03/18/finally-friday/. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  8. "Rebecca Black Talks Friday and Cyberbullying". The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/03/17/rebecca-black-friday-and-cyberbullying.html.
  9. Sloame, Joanne. Rebecca Black 'Friday' YouTube viral video pales in comparison to Justin Bieber hits. New York Daily News. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  10. Chen, Adrian (2011-03-30). "Meet the Man responsible for Rebecca Black". Gawker. Gawker Media. http://gawker.com/#!5787213/meet-the-man-responsible-for-rebecca-black. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  11. Barshad, Amor (2011-03-30). "'Friday' mastermind Patrice Wilson explains the lyrics". New York. New York Media Holdings. http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/03/friday_mastermind_patrice_wils.html. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  12. "Rebecca Black - Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. 2011-02-10. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. http://www.webcitation.org/5zId7qrzY. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  13. Gallo, Lee-Maree (2011-03-15). "Who is Rebecca Black? And is she really bigger than Japan?". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/who-is-rebecca-black-and-is-she-really-bigger-than-japan-20110315-1bvkj.html. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  14. Parry, Chris. Rebecca Black's Black Friday: Vanity music project makes teen a YouTube laughing stock. Vancouver Sun. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-15.[dead link]
  15. Pasetsky, Mark. Rebecca Black: Why is She Trending on Twitter?. Forbes. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-03-14. Archived 15 March 2011 at WebCite
  16. Perpetua, Matthew. Why Rebecca Black's Much-Mocked Viral Hit 'Friday' Is Actually Good. Rolling Stone. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-15.