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Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Old 03-18-11, 09:06 AM
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

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That thing is the second worst disaster I've heard about this week.
And if it's the same John Bennet Ramsey it might be the second worst thing he's ever done (allegedly).
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

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And if it's the same John Bennet Ramsey it might be the second worst thing he's ever done (allegedly).
That's debatable.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Guys, I don't think they were insinuating that Ark had anything to do with JonBenet Ramsey...they're just comparing the two because they both involve young kids being thrust into the spotlight.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Finally, someone has answered the question: "What does a lesser version of Ke$ha sound like?"
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

I like how there's no subtext to the lyrics whatsoever. It's literally just a transcript of what's happening at that given moment.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Originally Posted by chuckd21 View Post
I like how there's no subtext to the lyrics whatsoever. It's literally just a transcript of what's happening at that given moment.
Yeah, I was wondering if the song was written by this guy:

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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

"Friday" meets Friday...

<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="640" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yEswMimzS4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

That Groundhog Day one is fantastic. Would have been better if they had showed him killing himself after several failed attempts to stop the music.

EDIT: Looks like the video is up to 16 million now
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Listening to what she said on GMA, she's got more sense than any of those delusional American Idol wannabe contestants who embarrass and fool themselves in front of those judges. It's always the truly bad ones who convince themselves they are the best and she's clearly humble enough to admit her shortcomings.

I can't decide if this or "Whip my Hair" are the worst songs I've heard in a long time. This one's not as obnoxious, at least.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Originally Posted by The Bus View Post
Now at 15.8MM at 7AM. If she's really doing to be on GMA (part of Disney, shocker), expect this to get much higher views by end of day.
Are you people really tracking her page views? I thought my life was lonely and dull, but that's a whole new level of sadness.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

the songs sucks but it is a kids song. its not meant for us old fucks.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

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Are you people really tracking her page views? I thought my life was lonely and dull, but that's a whole new level of sadness.
Yeah, next thing you know we'll have people keeping track of weekend box office totals.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Originally Posted by kstublen View Post
That Groundhog Day one is fantastic.
I didn't see it in the thread, but I assume you're talking about this:

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Originally Posted by chino77 View Post
the songs sucks but it is a kids song. its not meant for us old fucks.
I can remember when kids songs were about the metric system or ding-a-lings.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Originally Posted by chuckd21 View Post
I can remember when kids songs were about the metric system or ding-a-lings.
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Ark Music Factory

This is the company that brought us Rebecca Black. Skip ahead to the girl at 5:05.
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Spoiler:
"It's called Armor. It's kind of a play on words. It's pronounced 'armor' but it's spelled A.R.M.O.U.R."
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Ha, that video is screaming for an SNL parody.

"What's up, L.A.?"

The guy at 7:38 is like a douchebag version of Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin' from Superbad).
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

You know, as bad as Friday is, everything in that video is 100x worse.

I watched all of the other ARK Music Factory music videos, and they're just so awful. None of these people can sing! And it's not even like they're average singers, they are truly bad singers. How can any of them listen to themselves afterward and think they're actually any good?

Of the bunch, Friday is definitely the best, which is really saying something. The difference is though, while the others are just plain bad, Friday is hilariously bad. The others are bad pop music, but Friday just sort rises to the level of ridiculous lyrics, music video, and one of the strangest singing voices we've heard in a while.

I wonder what the guys in the band are thinking while these people are singing so poorly? They at least have to hear how bad the kids are.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

"Turn it off...TURN IT OFF!!!"
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

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Ha, that video is screaming for an SNL parody.
And they should bring back Casey Wilson to do it. Quite a resemblance there, I think.

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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

It's up to 16.8MM. Linked on Tosh.

Aaannd... they turned off ratings. When I posted it was 90%+ thumbs down.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Here's another one from the same production company:

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I love the irony of this regular 11 year old kid whose parents paid a few grand for her out to sing a song about how she wishes she could just be a regular kid.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

I love how that video is them shooting the video. How meta.
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Yeah, I saw that one earlier too. Her voice is really obnoxious. It's so creepy when those guys are watching her on the monitor, nodding their heads and smiling.
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Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" — This Week's Worst Song of All Time

Until now I don't think I've ever heard a disposable pop song that didn't at least *try* to have the lyrics rhyme. And this one even had an MC!

I heard someone liken this to those lip sync video and karaoke kiosks malls had back in the '80s and '90s, only on a much more expensive scale. That seems about right. (Somewhere I have an old VHS of a friend and I doing "Fight For Your Right to Party".)

An interview with her:

Rebecca Black: 'I'm Being Cyberbullied'
by Chris Lee

In her first interview since becoming a viral sensation with her song “Friday,” 13-year-old Rebecca Black talks to Chris Lee about how the video came to be—and “haters.” Plus, QUIZ: Rebecca Black or Top 40 Hit?

Rebecca Black never set out to become the latest viral sensation. The Orange County, Calif., eighth grader did not assume she’d displace Charlie Sheen as a top Twitter trending topic thanks to the first song she recorded–a scrappy synth-pop confection called “Friday”–or, for that matter, that the song’s deliciously lo-fi video would go on to be viewed a staggering 13 million times (and counting) in a month on YouTube in spite of (or more likely, owing precisely to) its amusingly amateurish production values.

And Black, 13, certainly never anticipated the social media uproar, mainstream media hellfire, parodies, and remixes that greeted “Friday” as the video became nearly ubiquitous across Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Time.com called the song–which provides a primer on the days of the week, innocently celebrates partying, and ponders the merits of “kickin’ it” in a car’s front versus the back seat from a wholesome teen girl P.O.V.--“a whole new level of bad” and “a train wreck.” Slate proclaimed “Friday” “disastrous” while Yahoo asked straight up, “Is YouTube sensation Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ the worst song ever?”

“Those hurtful comments really shocked me,” Black said yesterday in her first interview since the song came to dominate a certain quadrant of popular culture and crack the iTunes Top 100 singles chart this week, besting the likes of Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber. “At times, it feels like I’m being cyberbullied.”

Black’s odyssey from suburban anonymity to punchline on a blog for the Comedy Central Web-parody show Tosh.O to budding, against-all-odds pop star began inauspiciously enough. She performed musical theater and sang as part of the patriotic ensemble Celebration USA. Talent shows and vocal lessons, all the normal stuff. Until, as Black’s mother Georgina Kelly explained, a classmate fatefully told her about a Los Angeles-based vanity record label called Ark Music Factory where she could gain real-world experience in her chosen profession.

Acing a casting-call audition, Black was invited to record one of two songs label heads had written for her. And, as part of a $2,000 package her mother paid for, they offered to produce an accompanying video in a bid to make a splash on YouTube. The song she picked: “Friday.”

“I didn’t write it at all,” Black said, clearing up a major misconception. “The other song was about adult love–I haven’t experienced that yet. ‘Friday’ is about hanging out with friends, having fun. I felt like it was my personality in that song.”

But the lyrics and production don’t necessarily reflect the real her. Black’s voice arrives sounding heavily processed through pitch-correcting computer software called Auto-Tune. Her unique phrasing renders the word “Friday” as “fry-ee-day.” And such affectless lyrical couplets as We so excited/We gonna have a ball today/Tomorrow is Saturday/And Sunday comes afterward, prompted many to wonder if the whole thing was some kind of elaborate Borat-style prank.

“A few times, when I heard some of the lyrics, I was like, ‘That doesn’t make sense,’” Kelly recalled. “Rebecca said, ‘I sang it as they wrote it, Mom.’ So I didn’t micromanage it.”

According to Oliver Wang, a pop-music critic and sociology professor at California State University, Long Beach, “ 'Friday' embodies any number of current trends practically guaranteed to inspire a set of backlashes.” Among them: “music for teens, anemic dance tracks, Auto-Tuned vocals, super-trite songwriting and most of all, a resentment towards young people whose presence seems to disproportionately dominate social media.”

Things, of course, got ugly with an outpouring of YouTube commenter Haterade that stunned Black and Ark Music gave her the choice to strike “Friday” from the site. Instead, she stuck to her guns. “I decided not to give the haters the satisfaction that they got me so bad I gave up,” Black said.

“I decided not to give the haters the satisfaction that they got me so bad,” Black said.

“Funniest part of the whole thing is Rebecca Black is actually [an] amazing singer [with] a unique tone and a fantastic fun person,” Jey wrote in an e-mail. “The concept we feel seems to have crossed a lot of boundaries, for the better or worse.”

Having survived the wrath of Twitter nation, the teen is now profiting from the experience–although Kelly says her daughter’s first investments will be donations to Japan relief organizations and school arts programs. For now, at least, she is scheduled to do only limited media—granting interviews soon to both Good Morning America and On-Air With Ryan Seacrest. And Black’s plan going forward is to record an acoustic version of “Friday” to showcase her vocal range in a non-Auto-Tune environment.

“I want to show people there’s more to me than they think,” said Black.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-a...yberbullying/#

I eagerly await the acoustic version.

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