There was a point of time when parents reminded their children before they went to sleep that without hard work, your talent will goes to the drain. The time has ended. We are living in the cultural moment when every possible thing can shoot you up to the highest ladder of popularity contest, even for the wrong reason. Take Chipmunk music for example, I for once never thought it will become that successful, maybe I am a conservative person and making fun of people voice is more than an act of distasteful towards other human being, but the Chipmunk and all his kind catapult to the fame within years of their existence.
Then, come Rebecca Black and her Friday song. At the peak moment when people are expressing their grief, concern and prayers to the devastating double major disaster in Japan (8.9 earthquakes and tsunami that followed) the social networking world was injected by a humor by the recording company called Ark Music Factory. They are basically making their business based on the foundation that every teenage dream is to become a pop or rock stars.
“sounds like stuff in those movies when the world ends and it shows all the destruction...” - soccerviking1012 on YouTube
These privileged young girls will record a song, written by professional musicians, auto-tuning their voice (so that it wasn’t overly embarrassing) and then have a professional grade music video for them. The end result will be fed to the public through YouTube. Rebecca Black’s video has been gaining millions of views (last count it was more than 7 millions) and even attracted the attention of the mighty CNN.
“BREAKING NEWS from Rebecca Black: Tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes afterwards.” – Jesus_M_Christ on Twitter
The lyric was pretty simple and made up from the repetition of the word “Friday” (47 times), “yeah” (23 times), “fun” (20 times) and “partyin’” (17 times). Oh and she’s counting the days and apparently can’t decide whether to seat in the front or back seat. The perfect mixture of brainless lyric and the fact that she can’t sing are the reason of her success. The “Friday Friday” and “Rebecca Black” has been trending on Twitter from Monday. The impact of her song is that big; even it is Monday, Friday is trending.
“That little label needs to make her a full album, one song for each day of the week.” – Pop Justice
Here are the extracted some of what we will call one day as a lyrical genius:
7am, waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the bus stop
Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)
Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?
It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)
We-we-we so excited
We so excited
We gonna have a ball today
Tomorrow is Saturday
And Sunday comes after...wards
I don’t want this weekend to end
Just like any greatest songs ever produced, there are growing trend of making a parody/remix of this song. Don't forget to view these better versions of Rebecca Black's Friday:
1. Rebecca Black - Friday (Groundhog Day Remix)
2. Rebecca Black - Friday (CHIPMUNK VERSION)
3. FRIDAY - Rebecca Black - Cover by Alex Carpenter
4. Rebecca Black - Friday (Rock Version)
At the end of the day, we can’t help but to savor the moment where the entertainment industry is stop talking about Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber and let the Rebecca Black bath in her search of glory. Rebecca Black phenomenon only cemented my theory that the world can also rejoice not only when there is a disaster, but when there is a small, nonsense thing that we all are feel closer to. We hate it, we love it, we just can’t stop talking about it. Long live Rebecca Black, I can't wait for my Friday.
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