Only in America.
Rebecca Black, the Southern California teen who became a YouTube superstar with her much-maligned song, "Friday" — called "the worst song ever" — proves you can't keep a good-girl-who-can't-really-sing-but-still-has-chutzpah down.
Fun fun fun fun.
Black is about to release a new single, "My Moment." Some would argue her moment has already come and gone.
We'll know in a week.
The press release describes the new song as something of an homage to Black's meteoric rise—"a fairytale story, but it happened in real life."
Not sure what they're smoking over at SpinLab, but Black's vilification by a cruel, cruel world is more like Cinderella's story before the fairy godmother showed up.
Still, seeing the glass slipper as half-full, "Friday" is the most played YouTube video of all time with an estimated 160 million views (three from me). Yet Black pulled the video off the web after an onslaught of criticism and even death threats. People reacted to her performance as if Bernie Madoff released a prison rap album which included a duet with Charles Manson.
So Black is back for more abuse? She announced she's even working on a five-track release for August.
"If I hear this girl sing so much as one more note, I'm going to gouge out my eyes," said a colleague.
But I'll bet he listens to "My Moment" next week in hopes of being further outraged. I know I will! Which is the point. There is money to be made here.
Billboard estimates when Black started selling digital downloads of "Friday" last March, 40,000 copies were sold in the first week. FORTY THOUSAND. IN ONE WEEK.
What can we expect from "My Moment"? We're told it's written by Brandon "Blue" Hamilton and Quinton Tolbert and produced by Charles Pettus, whom I'm not familiar with.
The video "features footage from a variety of real life events, including Rebecca receiving an award at her junior high school..."
Oh dear. I don't want to pile on, as she's just a kid...but...oh dear.
Still, maybe Rebecca Black is wise beyond her years and planning to have the last laugh. She's already mocked herself on "Funny or Die" and appeared in Katy Perry's video for "Last Friday Night," so what do I know? Maybe she can turn this train wreck around.
That really would be fun. Fun fun fun.
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