On Thursday, no one had any idea who Rebecca Black was. On Friday, her video had 40,000 views on youtube. 5 days later it has 9.7 million, and has even cracked the top 100 on iTunes, ahead of songs by Katy Perry, My Chemical Romance, Justin Bieber and Rihanna, all for a song that people are only listening to because it’s so astounding awful and everything bad about current pop music. Rolling Stone says…
Rebecca Black’s widely mocked viral hit “Friday” was released on iTunes only yesterday, but has already cracked the digital retail giant’s Top 100 tracks. The song is currently at Number 69.
It’s unclear whether or not “Friday” will maintain its momentum as an internet meme, much less prove itself to have legs at digital retail. Either way, with these sales it doesn’t seem far-fetched to imagine that an established label may soon take a chance on signing Black. The bigger question is — do you market her as an absurd novelty or as a legit teen pop singer?
Well, she’s auto tuned to the point where she sounds like a gps, and her lyrics feel like they were free-styled by a suburban 12-year-old. Not only does she say that yesterday was Thursday, and tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards (pause for a second and think about how many times you’ve heard “afterwards” in a song, much less at the end of line), and that she says “fun fun fun” like a malfunctioning robot, she even says that her friends are kickin in the front seat and kickin in the back seat, and then wonders where she should sit, and she does that twice. I’d rather hear gunshots from my childs bedroom than a new Rebecca Black song.