If you have a teen/pre-teen child, you may have heard of the song “Friday” or the 13-year-old singer Rebecca Black. Your children may have had extremely varied reactions, ranging from obsession to utter ridicule.
The song was written by Clarence Jay and Patrice Wilson, and sung by Rebecca Black, a 13-year old from Anaheim Hills, California. It was produced by the ARK Music Factory, and released on March 14th. Within its first week, it jumped to spot #19 on the iTunes sales chart. The music video also became a major hit on YouTube, jumping from 3,000 views to 18 million in a single week. The sudden climb in views was a result of a Tosh.0 blog titled “Songwriting Isn’t for Everyone.” Forbes has explained that the popularity of the song is yet another example of the power of social media- specifically Facebook, Twitter and in this case, Tumblr.
The song and video make heavy use of Auto-Tune, the pitch-correcting software. Black’s mother, Georgina Kelly, was the one who made it all possible for Rebecca. After hearing of ARK Music Factory, Kelly paid $2,000 for a package that included a choice of two pre-written songs. Black chose the song “Friday” because “the other song was about adult love- and I haven’t experienced that yet,” she explained. “’Friday’ is about hanging out with friends, having fun. I felt like it was my personality in that song.”
In a review for Rolling Stone, Black and her single were described as having a “peculiar tonality that inadvertently highlights the absurdity of boilerplate pop lyrics.” It also said Black sounds “unlike anything else in pop music.”
The reviews have been primarily negative, stating that it is “the worst song ever,” “bizarre,” “inept,” and “hilariously dreadful.” What do you think?