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Teen girl’s pop video mercilessly dissected by Internet masses
If you have trouble remembering the days of the week, a teen pop starlet named Rebecca Black has come to your rescue with an annoyingly catchy song that has quickly made her the hottest — and most lampooned — phenomenon on the Web. Black was a top-trending topic on Twitter on Tuesday, while her video for “Friday” racked up almost eight million page views in a matter of days.
The comments have been savage, ruthless dissections of the girl herself, her bubblegum pop song and the cheesy video. “Not joking. Worst lyrics I have ever heard. Ever. Yet so addictive,” was one of the kinder critiques.
The fresh-faced youngster sings over and over in a nasally twang, “It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Everybody’s looking forward to the weekend … Fun, fun, fun, fun. Looking forward to the weekend.”
The lyrics were so powerful that Bob Dylan rushed out a cover version. Well, not Dylan, but somebody who sounds like him. Black evidently took diction lessons from the tireless troubadour, though, turning “Friday” into “fry-eee-day” or possibly just “fried eggs.”
She goes educational, if grammatically awry, in the breakdown: “Yesterday was Thursday. Today it is Friday … We, we, we so excited .. we’re gonna have a ball today. Tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards.”
The video provoked much mirth. Why are underage kids riding in a convertible? Where are the seat belts? Why is a considerably older male African-American rapping about the excitement he feels when he drives past a school bus?
More to the point, who is Rebecca Black? According to her label, Los Angeles-based Ark Music Factory, she’s a 13-year-old girl who loves to perform. Her credits include a patriotic performing group, a Puzzlecraft commercial and the lead role in her school’s production of “Oklahoma!” She is clearly a Justin Bieber fan.
So far the Internet buzz has not translated into a mass groundswell of support. Her song is for sale on iTunes, but has not cracked the digital retailer’s top 100. And her Twitter page boasts just 1,900 followers. If no one remembers her in a week, at least her song is safely in the pantheon of classic tunes that recite the days of the week, including the Easybeats’ “Friday On My Mind” and the Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love.”