Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rebecca Black - Viral star and Justin Bieber The Most Disliked on YouTube, Underage and Famous Child Stars

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Rebecca’s "Friday" surpassed Justin to earn the most dislikes for her video, with more than 1.2 million thumbs as a close second, Biebs' video for "Baby" has earned 1.17 million dislikes in its lifespan.

Both Black and Bieber have that irritating ability to create teen pop; users just can't get those catchy beats out of their heads, and it's driving them crazy.  

The video went viral, acquiring millions of views on YouTube in a matter of days. The video generates 100 comments every single minute on YouTube, and is the hottest trending topic on Twitter. Rebecca Black, has generated more buzz online this year than any pop star in the world.

At a Musicians@Google Lady Gaga stuck up for the 13-year-old singer “I say Rebecca Black is a genius” and Simon Cowell defended Black as well.

The single, "Friday," was released and uploaded to YouTube on February 10, 2011, and received approximately 1,000 views in the first month. The song gained significant online notoriety in March 2011 for its monotonous lyrics accompanied by heavy use of auto-tune.  

“Friday” is really sort of fun because of its silliness, and also because it helps you learn the days of the week with lyrics like;
"Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday.
Today is Friday, Friday.
We we we so excited.
Tomorrow is Saturday
and Sunday comes ... afterwards.”

"After seeing it go from 4,000 views to 70,000 views in one night, and then waking up and it was at 200,000 views, that was when I realized this is going to be big," Black said of her unintentionally funny video.

By March 21, 2011, the "Friday" music video had been viewed more than 30 million times on YouTube. Forbes stated that the notoriety of the song is another sign of the power of social media – specifically Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, in this instance – in the ability to create "overnight sensations.

Tye Comer, editor of Billboard.com, said the teen's first single, "Friday," makes her “arguably the biggest pop culture sensation of the year”. The music video had over 3.1 million "dislikes" (87% of total ratings) from YouTube users causing Black to gain international attention as a "viral star,".

Black appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, during which she performed the single and discussed the negative reaction to it.  The song has peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 and the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 58 and 33, respectively. In the UK, the song debuted at number 61 on the UK Singles Chart.  Black teamed up with Funny or Die on April Fools Day (the site was renamed Friday or Die) for a series of videos.

"Friday" was also performed on the second season of Glee  in the episode, "Prom Queen," which originally aired May 10, 2011. When asked about why the song was covered on Glee, show creator Ryan Murphy replied, "The show pays tribute to pop culture and, love it or hate it, that song is pop culture.

MTV selected Rebecca to host its first online awards show, the O Music Awards Fan Army Party in April 2011.  As an homage to "Friday," Black appears in the music video for Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),  Katy Perry, who performs Friday routinely on stage as part of California Dreams Tour, also brought Black on stage to perform the song as a duet during her show at the Nokia Theatre on August 5, 2011.

Black released a self-produced single titled "My Moment" on July 18 featuring real life video of Black's life from both before and after her fame. The video as of August 22 has received, approximately, 520,000 "dislikes" against 300,000 "likes."  

On August 10, 2011, Rebecca Black was featured in an ABC Primetime Nightline: Celebrity Secrets special entitled Underage and Famous: Inside Child Stars' Lives.

Black saw cruel comments posted online, and was constantly harassed at school. In an interview with ABC's "Nightline," Black said that the teasing had become too much to bear, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In August 2011 Rebecca Black announced that she has left school and is being home-schooled by her mother, a former teacher. Black's mother, Georgina Marquez, told ABC that home schooling will help the 14-year-old focus on her career.

However, home-schooling won't end the massive amounts of death threats and horrible comments Rebecca receives each day, but the young lady won't let that overpower her. Black advised her fans, speaking from her experience, to never let the bullying get to you, saying, 

"It's OK to be sad about (bullying) for a little bit,
but don't let it change you permanently."

Source and more here and here on Rebecca Black.


  1. Even 520,000 dislike her, she already rocketed the chart!

  2. To be honest, I don't like their music but the girl is young and there was a lot of bullying done on YouTube which was simply heartless, so I feel kind of sorry for her.

  3. Treat and Trick and Andreea,

    What I admire is her creativity and her GUTS.

    I have a 14yr old daughter and at this age they are not only inquisitive but full of crazy and creative ideas.

    In Rebecca's case she managed to convince her mum to invest quite a sum to have the video made. See how confident she was?

    With the publicity and money and the many years ahead of her, I am sure she will progress from here positively ie get professional training etc.

    Bless Rebecca..

  4. hi katrina, for every success there is pain...
    the bullying and having to quit school is nothing compared to the success rewards... record breaking,not many can get this :)
    i think people these days like to live in a violent abusive world...happy to curse and hit at others...their way of fun :) just like lady gaga

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