Hey, 19.98

Rebecca Black turns 20 on Wednesday, which means I’ve been following her for nearly six and a half years. A lot of things have happened, and a lot of things are happening: this weekend, she’s moving to a new apartment. And before too awfully long:

The Cover-A-Week scheme goes on, though this is the first time she’s done a song older than she is. (The original “Straight Up” was waxed by Paula Abdul in 1988.)

And the obligatory quasi-semi-glam picture:

Rebecca Black day before yesterday

EP still due Real Soon Now.

Addendum: For some vaguely solstice-related reason, I was looking at Wikipedia’s June 21 page, and I glanced at the list of Births. RB wasn’t there.

She is now.


  1. Brett »

    16 June 2017 · 6:42 pm

    I like that arrangement. Kind of ironic considering that Ms. Abdul was accused of using studio shenanigans to make her voice sound better and that was one of the complaints about Ms. Black’s “worst video ever.”

  2. CGHill »

    16 June 2017 · 7:02 pm

    Studio shenanigans have existed for at least 100 years, starting with the premiere of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, which ends, at Neptune, with an ethereal choir fading into nothingness. This effect was achieved by putting the choir into a room offstage with an open door — and then gradually closing it.

  3. The Other McCain »

    16 June 2017 · 10:03 pm

    In The Mailbox: 06.16.17

    Dustbury: Hey, 19.98

  4. Roger O Green »

    19 June 2017 · 8:54 am

    June 19 was Paula Abdul’s 55th birthday. Straight Up is BY FAR my favorite Abdul song, but I bought three of her CDs at a family reunion auction, as a favor to a 20-something cousin who only listened to classical.

  5. Holly H »

    19 June 2017 · 10:09 am

    Interesting factoid, about the choir-fading method. Sometimes low-tech is the way to go.

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