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Who is Rebecca Black?
Rebecca Black is an amateur singer from Anaheim Hills, California, turned overnight Youtube sensation by producing and uploading her own music video to Youtube. Black’s song Friday currently has approximately 24 million views and rising–a lot of views even by Youtube standards–considering she just uploaded her video on March 11th. Surely Black isn’t the first person to upload her homemade music video to Youtube hoping to make it big. So why has her video brought her so much exposure so quickly?
Rebecca Black Isn’t Ugly
For starters, Rebecca Black isn’t ugly. When trying to make it big, it helps to have some sort of particular characteristic to help you standout from the crowd. And for starters, Rebecca Black isn’t ugly. Far from it actually. Think Sandra Bullock at thirteen. But there are many other pretty young women creating and uploading videos, so what made Black’s stand out.
Rebecca Black Meets Tosh.O
Tosh.O is a media personality in his own right. Known for his comedy, Tosh created a blog post entitled “Songwriting Isn’t for Everyone” where he referred to Black’s video. This helped propel Black to stratospheric levels. While Black may have Sandra Bullock looks, her singing wasn’t exactly cut out for American Idol. In fact, her music video got some scathing reviews, which really may have helped it’s popularity. You seem, some singers are just plain bad. But Black falls somewhere in the middle. Her singing isn’t bad, but it’s not exactly exceptional either. Yet Black performs the video with such sincerity, it draws the critics because she’s trying to come across as a legitimate singer. We know she’s trying to come across as legitimate because Black’s mother, Georgina Kelly, paid $2000 to Ark Music Factory to help them produce the video. The music video actually has Black’s real friends from school. As she drives away in the convertible car in Friday, those really are her friends that she hangs out with everyday–not Hollywood music video extras.
Ryan Seacrest Jumps On The Rebecca Black Bandwagon
When you get 24 million hits on Youtube in such a short period of time, someone is about to take notice, like Ryan Seacrest or Simon Cowell for instance. Already, Seacrest invited Black to his radio station, helped her setup a Twitter account, then uploaded a photo of the two of them together. A Rolling Stone critic praised Black saying, “she is actually a pretty decent singer… she is a total sweetheart…Black comes off as a well-adjusted, happy and grateful kid.” Perhaps a writer from Entertainment Weekly summed it up best by saying there’s “something sickeningly catchy about this tune that keeps you coming back for more.” Cowell, the former idol judge, also said he’d love to meet Rebecca Black. Cowell was quoted as telling People magazine, “Anyone who can create this much controversy within a week, I want to meet. I love people like that.” So what’s next for Black? She made an on-camera request for Justin Bieber to sing a duet with her. What do you think about the request? Do you think Bieber will take her up on it, or is Rebecca Black’s Friday just a flash in the internet pan of stardom?