A serious epidemic is spreading across the internet and it’s called “Friday.” No, not the day of the week but the song of the same name performed by Rebecca Black. The young teen’s single has gone viral generating well over 16 million views on YouTube.
If you haven’t heard Black’s song you might live under or rock or possibly have better things to do with your time. Either way, we want to discuss this viral sensation and its legitimacy. Does Black really want a long term career as a singer or is her act a commentary on how the music industry has gone down the tubes?
“Friday” is the product of the Los Angeles based Ark Music Factory who charged Black’s parents $2000 to produce the song. The overall quality of it is questionable and the corresponding music video is definitely low budget. The vibe is very juvenile but what else would you expect from a 13 year old? Even though Black is being ridiculed by several sites regarding her song and talent, we don’t think it’s fair.
The folks over at Ark gave her the option of singing about adult love (eeww) or Friday, and we see which one she chose. The lyrics, the video, and the vocals can be grating but are they that much different from anything we’ve heard from K$sha or T-Pain? The obnoxious use of auto-tune is destroying the music industry and it’s making real talent obsolete.
When Black appeared on Good Morning America on Friday she admitted that she doesn’t have the best voice in the world.
“When I first saw all the nasty comments, I did cry … I don’t think I’m the worst singer, but I don’t think I’m the best.”
What’s sad is that she should be striving to be the best. That’s what being a professional is all about. The music industry has become so hung up on gimmicks, shock, and awe that they’ve completely forgotten about legitimate talent. Rebecca Black is just one in a long line of young kids who’ve been used to make a quick buck.
What do you think of Black’s video? Do you think it represents the present state of music?