Friday

Album: Single release only (2011)
Charted: 60 58
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  • Rebecca Black grew up in Anaheim Hills, California, where she studied dance, auditioned for school shows, attended music summer camps, and began singing publicly in 2008 after joining the patriotic group Celebration USA.

    In the fall of 2010, the eighth grader's mother, Georgina Kelly, paid Ark Music $2,000 for a package that included a choice of two pre-written songs so that she could gain real-world experience in the music business. Black later explained to Chris Lee of The Daily Beast that she chose the more innocent "Friday" as, "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."
  • As part of the package, Ark Music shot a video in January 2011 at Black's father's house, with friends and family as extras. The clip became a viral hit, starting on Friday, March 11, 2011, when the video's view count on YouTube jumped from around 3,000 views to 18 million a week later. Reviewers and bloggers queued up to pen derogatory comments centered on the video's amusingly amateurish production values, the song's innocent and simple lyrical content and Black's auto-tuned vocals. Yahoo asked straight up, "Is YouTube sensation Rebecca Black's 'Friday' the worst song ever?"

    "Those hurtful comments really shocked me," the 13-year-old singer told Chris Lee. "At times, it feels like I'm being cyberbullied."
  • Despite the universal derision heaped upon the song, it has to be said the songwriters Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson have a fair songwriting pedigree. Jey's resume includes music composed for television, such as the 2008 Emmy-winning show Growing Up Creepie.
  • That's Patrice "Pato" Wilson who pops up near the end of the song to deliver a short rap. He's a producer for Ark Music, and he appears in a lot of the videos they've produced.
  • After the news broke that "Friday" had entered the Top 20 of the iTunes sales chart, Black announced that she's donating proceeds from the single to Japan relief organizations and school arts programs.
  • In possibly the video's most notorious scene, one of the male extras at the party scene walks up behind Black and appears to give her a butt slap. However, it was not as it seems, as Black explained to MTV News: "People think he was slapping my butt, but he was patting me on the back!"
  • This became the most-hated video on YouTube when over a million viewers clicked the little down-thumb dislike button and sent it past Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" in online disdain.
  • In case you're wondering, "Friday" was written on a… Thursday.
  • The visual was the most-watched video of 2011 on YouTube with 180 million views. The runner-up was "Ultimate Dog Tease," where a dog owner taunts his pet with food and the animal appears to reply in English. In third place was Lonely Island's "Jack Sparrow" clip featuring Michael Bolton as an obsessed fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean character.
  • Black recorded a sequel a couple of years later titled "Saturday."
  • Goofy fact: The "Friday" music video has been watched more times than there are Fridays in recorded history.
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Comments: 8

  • Donald from PhilippinesMy favorite day is Friday! What a coincidence. I added this to my playlist!
  • Audrey from Lawrance, MaI love that song 'cause i love Fridays.
  • Noura from Cairo, Egyptseriously this song is about eating cereal,deciding what seat to take and informing us that saturday IS after friday
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlOMFG! Totally agree julia. Dear God, please give us john and george back! <3
  • Julia from Milton, Pacan we replace rebecca black and justin bieber with john lennon and george harrison please? nobody will miss them.
  • Joel from Vallejo, CaThis is a fun little tune. Not great but still fun to listen to especially on FRIDAY...FRIDAY....FRIDAY.....
  • Elizabeth from Anytown, Illol there practically the same song! except for the fact that Rebecca Blacks Lyrics are the even worse than baby's. *Fun fun fun fun* i mean really!
  • Gary from Kailua, Hiworst song ever behind baby
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