Rebecca Black’s “Friday” will not die. Despite all the negative comments and reviews on all the social networking sites, blogs, and media, her song “Friday” is the 19th most downloaded song on iTunes. She is beating Justin Bieber, Glee, Usher, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.
In case you haven’t heard, Rebbecca Black‘s parents paid a company called Ark Music Factory to make a video of their daughter singing a pop song called “Friday” which went up on YouTube last month. Her video has been viewed 26,020,797 times. Most of the comments on the video are negative, some even so nasty they caused her to cry, she told “Good Morning America.”
The tune might be catchy, although the lyrics are a little silly. “Friday” talks about how “Yesterday was Thursday, today it is Friday” and “Partyin’, Partyin’, Yeah! Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!” To set the record straight, she didn’t write the lyrics. Ark Music gave her two choices of songs, and she picked this one because the other one was about adult love and she didn’t feel qualified to sing that one.
Many of the successful pop artists have songs with silly lyrics. How about Britney Spear’s “Soda Pop” — “Hm, hmm, soda pop, watch it fizz and pop, the clock is tickin’ and we can’t stop.” Rihanna made a big hit with her “Umbrella”, not because the lyrics were masterful, but because of: “You can stand under my umbrella, ella, ella, ay-ay-ay. Under my umbrella, ella, ella, ay-ay-ay. Once you hear Rebecca Black sing “Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday, Today is Friday, Partyin” it will be stuck in your head. People can make fun of her auto-tuned song, but tweens are doing their hair in the morning singing “Kickin’ in the front seat, sittin’ in the back seat” into their blow dryers and they are the ones that buy the pop music.
Look at Justin Bieber. He’s the victim of a hurt-load of people hatin’ on him on the internet, but he’s also extremely successful. He started out in a YouTube video also, and became famous after being discovered by talent manager, Scooter Braun and Usher. Guess who wants to meet Rebecca Black? Simon Cowell said “I want to meet her. Anyone who can create this much controversy …, I want to meet. I love people like that.”
Will Simon Cowell’s meeting with Rebecca Black turn into a lucrative career for the wanna-be singer? Her singing talent isn’t all that great, but sometimes it’s more about marketing than singing. A lot of people said Elvis Presley couldn’t sing either. What causes some singers to make it big, while others don’t? Is it about the talent, the song or the hype?