After something like eleventy bazillion views, YouTube says that the “Friday” video is no longer available “due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black.”
Earlier this week it seemed like the video had been set up as a YouTube Rental by ARK [Music Factory], and then not so much. Is this latest drama due to an attempt by ARK to capitalize on the young star’s Internet fame?
What I want to know is this: did any of the 47 people on the planet who hadn’t seen “Friday” actually part with $2.99 to see it? YouTube, for its part, does not comment on individual videos. And certainly I don’t have access to the behind-the-scenes machinations at ARK. As it turns out, this was an outcropping of the existing dispute between Black and ARK over who controls the girl’s image (see here for background).
I did wonder, though, if ARK had ever produced anything else as accidentally catchy as “Friday,” and in the interest of research, I sat through several of their other offerings. This one, I think, had some redeeming social value:
Still too much Auto-Tune, but not too bad an arrangement, and at least she don’t wanna rush this. On the other hand, she grabs at her hair as though she knew she had to return it to Macy’s the following morning.