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YouTube Wednesday: A look back at the song that REALLY solidified Rebecca Black’s career

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to talk about something a little different. Today, July 19th, is the 7 year anniversary of Rebecca Black’s second single ‘My Moment’ (which followed her viral internet hit ‘Friday’). Why am I talking about this you ask? Well because Rebecca Black honestly has a very interesting story that is a HUGE part of YouTube history as a whole (also we did previously discuss the ‘Rebecca Black Effect’ that was a trend for a little while a few years ago, you can check out that post here: http://celindareyesblog.com/2014/06/youtube-wednesday-the-rebecca-black-effect/). Just like TV or film teen stars, Rebecca spent her entire teen years in the spotlight. Now being a teenager can either be the best or worst time of your life, but it’s definitely harder when your attempt at making your dreams come true get turned into a giant worldwide joke. Honestly I never (and still don’t) understand why everyone gave her such a hard time. However what I’ve always liked about this story is how Rebecca was able to use this ridicule & turn it into a career doing exactly what she wanted to do. So today we’re going to talk about how Rebecca Black’s song ‘My Moment’ actually predicted her future. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

Now as we know it all began when Rebecca’s parents paid Clarence Jey & Patrice Wilson of Ark Music Factory $4,000 to write & produce a song for Rebecca, & record a music video for her. I couldn’t find an exact number in regards to how much money Rebecca has made from ‘Friday’ (although I’m sure we can all guess). What we do know is that this song led to A LOT of opportunities for her. Katy Perry (who was honestly having the best year of her career, at least at the time this post is being written) immediately came to Rebecca’s defense by not only inviting her to perform ‘Friday’ at various upcoming shows she had, but also giving Rebecca a lead role in her ‘T.G.I.F’ music video which premiered in June 2011. Other high profiled celebrities such as: Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, Simon Cowell, & Lady Gaga also came to Rebecca’s defense, and the song was covered on the 2nd season of the hit Fox show ‘Glee’. Rebecca continued to ride this fame by uploading more original music, as well as beauty/fashion videos on her YouTube channel. Throughout the rest of her teen years, Rebecca hosted the 2011 ‘YouTube Rewind’ as well as the 1st MTV ‘O Music Awards’ Fan Army Party’, has appeared at VidCon (one of the biggest annual YouTube conventions), had her own Go90 (an online streaming site) show called ‘Life After Friday’, as appeared on the reality show ‘The Four’, is an ambassador for anti-bullying campaigns, and so much more!

So now back to your original question, why are we talking about ‘My Moment’? Well although ‘Friday’ is what made Rebecca Black famous, ‘My Moment’ is what showed that she had staying power. Most of us have dealt with some sort of bullying in our lives, but nothing compares to the worldwide ridicule that Rebecca faced. To go through that throughout your teen years & still pursue in a career in the entertainment industry is not only admirable, but also very brave. However, personal strength & determination alone don’t make a successful career. Rebecca could’ve easily become just a forgettable part of internet history, but instead has been able to hold our attention all these years later. If you think about it, there have been other “internet sensations” that have quickly burned out, and now are never mentioned. Even though internet fame can come quickly, it can also disappear even more quickly. In the opening lines of ‘My Moment’, Rebecca says, “Weren’t you the one who said that I would be nothing, well I’m about to prove you wrong”, and it looks like she was right.

 

Check out Rebecca here:

Website: https://www.rebeccablackonline.com/

YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/rebecca/featured?disable_polymer=1

Twitter:https://twitter.com/msrebeccablack

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msrebeccablack/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IAmRebeccaBlack

 

 

  • All videos and information used in this blog belong to Rebecca Black, Ark Music Factory, Clarence Joy, Patrice Wilson, ABC News, YouTube, Simon Cowell, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Glee, RB Records, Brandon Hamilton, Quinton Tolbert, Charlton Pettus, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, James S. Levine, 20th Century Fox Television, Columbia Records, MTV, Chris Brown, VidCon, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Capitol Records, and all other original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended

 

YouTube Wednesday: The Rebecca Black Effect

Hello people of the internet!!! Now I know what you may be thinking from reading the title and let me clarify one thing right now…This is not a hate blog! I wouldn’t write anything bad about Rebecca Black or anybody else, spread love people, not hate. Now back to the blog….Rebecca Black was born on June 21, 1997, and raised in Irvine, CA. She has stated in interviews that, like most girls, she dreamed of becoming a famous singer from a very young age. On March 14, 2011, 13 year old Rebecca received her wish. In 2011 Rebecca’s parents paid Clarence Jay and Patrice Wilson $4,000 to write and produce a track for Rebecca, as well as make her a music video to go along with the single. And thus the song ‘Friday’ was born!

 

‘Friday’ quickly became a viral sensation, and launched Rebecca on a career path of rewards and heartache. ‘Friday’ was quickly dubbed “the worst song ever” by Yahoo! Music and given negative reviews by many other music critics. The song also broke YouTube records only 2 weeks after its release by surpassing Justin Bieber’s song ‘Baby’ as the most disliked video on YouTube. Rebecca temporarily took the video off of YouTube, but posted it again on June 14, 2011 and as of November 4, 2013 it has 1.2 million dislikes, 309,922 likes, and 60,001,272 views. Although Rebecca admits that she received a large amount of hate and death threat because of ‘Friday’ she has also made some powerful fans. Numerous celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Simon Cowell, and Katy Perry (who asked Rebecca to star in her ‘Last Friday Night’ video) have come to Rebecca’s defense regarding ‘Friday’. The song has also been covered by the hit FOX show ‘Glee’, and Rebecca has performed the song on ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’. Also, ‘Friday’ charted in numerous countries, such as at #58 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 and  #61 on the U.K Singles Chart. Since ‘Friday’, Rebecca has been hard at work on her own music, and as of November 4, 2013 she has release four original singles.

 

Rebecca’s success with ‘Friday’ has caused many people to try and replicate her success, and some have been able to find success with songs that many claim are “bad”. One example of a young girl who has used “The Rebecca Black Effect” to become famous is Nicole Westbrook who, with the assistance of Patrice Wilson, released her viral song ‘It’s Thanksgiving’ on November 7, 2012. As of November 4, 2013 the song has 261,440 dislikes, 36,057 likes, and 15,019,791 views on YouTube and received 10,000,000 views in the first two weeks after it was released. Nicole has performed  ‘It’s Thanksgiving’ on ‘The Anderson Cooper Show’ and ‘Access Hollywood’. Other people who have been able to gain success in this way are the duo ‘Double Take’ (two 17 year old girls who released their song ‘Hot Problems’ on April 15, 2012 and now have 18,186,151 views) and Tay Allyn (a 23 year old USC graduate who uploaded her song ‘Mass Text’ on July 16, 2013 and as of November 4, 2013 has 1,805,224 views).

 

The most recent girl who has found success with “The Rebecca Black Effect” is 11 year old Alison Gold who’s song ‘Chinese Food’ was posted on October 14, 2013 and received over 7 million views in 3 days. On October 23, 2013 the song charted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #29, and as of November 4, 2013 has 149,854 dislikes, 40,296, and 12,271,121 views on YouTube. When this song was released it was featured on many media outlets such as TMZ and ABC News. Although Alison has gain publicity from the viral hit, ‘Chinese Food’ has also received controversy due to claims that the song promotes Chinese stereotypes and racist beliefs of the Asian community. On November 4, 2013, Alison released a follow up single to ‘Chinese Food’ titled ‘ABCDEFG’.

 

As you can see, there appears to be negative and positive aspects with “The Rebecca Black Effect”. Although this method can bring you fame and publicity, it also comes with hate and controversy. However, this does appear to be a way to fast track a singing career, so I guess it depends on the individual person as to whether or not it is worth it. What do you think of “The Rebecca Black Effect”? Do you think this growing trend will affect mainstream music in the long run? Please comment below, thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • All videos and information used in this blog belong to Rebecca Black, Ark Music Factory, Clarence Joy, Patrice Wilson, ABC News, Tay Allyn, Nicole Westbrook, Double Take, Alison Gold, Old Bailey Productions, YouTube, and all other original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended