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Still iconic after all these years

Eight years after becoming part of the national discourse, “Friday” got the full Captain Cuts — despite the name, three guys — remix treatment, on Emo Nite in Los Angeles, and of course She Who Made It Possible was on hand:

For those who might be interested, “Friday” enters the public domain some time around 2105.


A role model for you

It is, after all, Friday.

Thirteen, even.

“Learn to take it as a sign / If you don’t like me, get in line.”


We’ll have what they’re having

There was a time in my life when Friday night was steak night. Rebecca Black isn’t quite so bound by tradition:

I had no idea this, um, challenge was a Thing.

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Live on a Friday

The folks at Playlist Live sent over this photo of Rebecca Black on stage this spring:

Rebecca Black at Playlist Live

She’s done a whole lot of synth-heavy stuff over the years, but sometimes all you need is a guitar.

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Still unplugged

The two most recent Rebecca Black singles, with but a single guitar, live on idobi Radio:

Note the anachronistic Music Television sweatshirt.


She loves me not

This, of course, is the default. That said, this cover of a Billie Eilish song deserves to be loved in its own right; to quote the video description, “this song makes my heart sing and also cry a trillion tears at the same time.”

And this, in its own way, suggests another cover RB might consider: Lesley Duncan’s “Love Song,” perhaps best known as a duet between Duncan and Elton John, included on his Tumbleweed Connection LP in 1970.


Legato be there

It’s not exactly Carpool Karaoke, but it’s still fun:

Eight years after the fact, “Friday” remains a cultural marker.


The nature of an icon

It never, ever just fades away:

It was eight years ago that “Friday” went viral.



We open with just a hint of Wikipedantry:

Man Man is an experimental band from Philadelphia. Their multi-instrumental style is centered on the piano playing of lead singer and lyricist Honus Honus. On recordings, Honus usually plays piano but during the live shows he uses a Rhodes Piano or a Nord Electro 3. He is accompanied by an energetic group of musicians and vocalists. Instruments played by the band include a clavinet, Moog Little Phatty, sousaphone, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, flute, bass clarinet, drum set, euphonium, Fender Jazz Bass, Danelectro baritone guitar, xylophone, marimba, melodica and various percussive instruments including pots and pans, toy noisemakers, Chinese funeral horns, spoons, smashing plates, and fireworks.

And thence to Stereogum, where we find:

Man Man frontman Honus Honus broke the news [Wednesday] on Instagram: Rebecca Black will be the band’s “special guest” at a few of the forthcoming shows on the band’s March West Coast tour. Presumably, this does not mean that she’ll do a traditional opening set. I’m imagining she’ll come out at the peak of Man Man’s set for a huge, cathartic “Friday” singalong.

By “a few” is apparently meant four out of seven.

And I figure, hey, she’s not going to displace the likes of Ariana Grande, so why not raise the freak flag for a few days?


Singer and influencer

Rebecca Black visits The Millennial Report:

Running time: about 40 minutes.

Incidentally, “Anyway,” the current single, is running about 10,000 YouTube views per day. Obviously it’s not close to catching “Friday,” which in its two runs has over a quarter of a billion views, but hey, it pays the biils.


Anywhere, anyhow

And just when I’d gotten used to Rebecca Black dropping new music on, um, Friday, this one appeared on Thursday:

Really, it could have come out Monday noon, and I’d still grab a copy.

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Out of this world, sort of

This is not something I’d have expected on the river Pecos:

Judge Roy Bean (1825-1903) was understandably not available for comment.

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I’d like to buy a towel


I assure you, this is no sillier than the sixty thousand other fashion vlogs.

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Gently down the streams

Four million of ’em, in fact:

It’s not making her wealthy, exactly — at $7.50 per thousand, four million streams would bring in $30,000 — but that’s probably enough to pay the rent, and it helps that she owns almost all her own masters, meaning she’s not having to split it with anyone other than the taxman.

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And not a Z between them

In the P. T. Barnum sort-of-biopic The Greatest Showman, Zac Efron and Zendaya duetted on “Rewrite the Stars,” a new love song loosely based on all the old love songs; Zac’s character is singing to Zendaya’s that somehow, some way, they were supposed to be together.

Matt Bloyd and Rebecca Black have one common experience: they were both Artists on Fox’s The Four, and after winning the right to continue, they were defeated in a Challenge Round. Is that enough for them to sing “Rewrite the Stars”?

The answer may not be a Z, but it’s definitely a Y.

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Impatient fans

Including, I suppose, myself:

“Won’t be like this too much longer,” she replies.

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Looking forward to a weekend in 2041

I know this feeling perhaps better than I ought to admit:

(If you care, she’ll be 44.)

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Lessons of a lifetime

Well, actually, she didn’t write it, but it’s an interesting interview (about 16 minutes, followed by the current single “Satellite”) just the same.

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Freedom to speak

It seldom comes naturally, even if you have celebrity credentials:

At 18, after graduating from high school and moving out of her parent’s house, Rebecca Black resolved to start pursuing her dream of a music career in earnest. But as soon as she began to take lessons and, as she puts it, “figure out what music I really loved and what I wanted to say,” the years of abuse came flooding back. “When I would walk into a studio,” she recalls, “all of the sudden I felt like I couldn’t speak.” It had been five years since “Friday’s” release, and Black thought she had made peace with the demons of her tween years. In reality, she shares, “all of those problems and all of those issues that you would think, or at least I thought, would just kind of dissolve or fade away or not be real, I had to deal with them.”

The path to empowerment, the 21-year-old reveals, has not been an easy one. When she considers her state of mind following the video’s release as well as what advice she would share with a young person facing cyberbullying, she realizes that what she needed most was someone to remind her, “that it was okay to be upset. I see so many people saying, ‘you got to be strong, stay strong, stay strong’,” she shares, “but you can’t get strong until you actually build that strength. And you can’t build a false sense of strength.”

Well, you can, but it won’t do you the slightest bit of good.

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Remixed with pride

“Satellite” was the hidden delight of Rebecca Black’s RE/BL EP: a previously unheard track with enough gumption to stand alone as a single. It was duly released, and vanished into the ether like so many others.

Then this was announced:

A few tries to get to BonFire’s Web site fell short of actually doing so.

“You’re gonna buy it anyway, why not go straight to iTunes?” Why not, indeed? Schier trimmed the original by a few seconds and gave it more of a backbeat. Will this be enough to get back on the Billboard dance charts? I did what I could.

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The carpet might be red

The film is based on a 2014 novel by Jenny Han. I’d bet almost anything RB has read it.

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Say yes to several dresses

This requires, I trust, no explanation:

Good old Ru. By now, he’s an industry all his own.

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Drop and give me Friday

Scene: a park in Beverly Hills. Rebecca Black is somewhere between yoga positions:

Rebecca Black hits the mat

Which may or may not help this condition:

It’s a situation I know too well.

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Spur of the moment

Two weeks ago, Ariana Grande put out a new single, “God Is a Woman.”

Last weekend, before an onstage performance, Rebecca Black and guitarist Justin Muncy recorded this stripped-down version:

Twenty thousand views in the first two days, with neither unearthly shrieks nor multiplexed choirs.

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Hardware issues

They happen to all of us at one time or another:

Please tell me the MacBook’s battery is actually replaceable.

Rebecca Black punches the keys

At least her phone seems to be working.

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I should have bought her a drink

Yesterday, Rebecca Black turned 21, and like pop stars of old, she had been on the road:

And now she’s back in California for VidCon.

Meanwhile, I’d love to know who set her up, presumably temporarily, with this vintage Benz:

Rebecca Black takes the wheel

Decision-making was presumably simplified by the fact that this car has no back seat.

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As long as it’s Black

Girl gives good glam:

And somehow I missed this from last fall’s tour:

No matter what happens in the next 60 years, she’ll always have “Friday.”

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Close-in orbit

Rebecca Black’s six-track EP RE/BL contained four songs we sort of knew — “Foolish” and “Heart Full of Scars,” both the original mix and the Crash Cove remix of “The Great Divide” — plus two we didn’t. By a considerable margin, this is the better of the two:

And to promote this single, if single it be, she did a brief interview with the BBC. And she has, reasonably enough, a bottle of water with her; as the Beeb will, the label on the bottle has been blurred beyond recognition.

Finally, we must mention The Four, a Fox TV music competition whose second season began last night. RB, singing NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye,” got a pass from all three judges, though the challenge round, in which she knocked out a take on Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn,” got her knocked out.

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Feeling better about Young Influencers

It’s nice to know that standards still prevail:

Bless you, Bex.

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A thousand Fridays ago

Or thereabouts, anyway:

RB turns 21 next month.

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