Rebecca Black says ‘Friday’ song comments made her cry
STAFF REPORTS March 18, 2011 12:56PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
The singer behind the internet music sensation “Friday” said today that critics posting nasty comments on the Web about her have made her cry.
Rebecca Black, a Southern California teenager whose YouTube video has hit 16 million views, said the worst comments she’s seen include, “I hope you cut yourself” and “I hope you get an eating disorder so you’ll look pretty.”
“I did cry,” the 13 year old said in an interview aired Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America. “I felt like this was my fault and I shouldn’t have done this.”
But the song, which some have called “the worst song ever” and inane, has thrust Black into the worldwide spotlight.
“I can’t tell if I’m awake or not. It’s crazy,” she said.
The song was number 31 in the top 100 iTunes list.
Asked when she knew the magnitude of the song, she recalled “seeing it go from 4,000 views to 70,000 in one night and waking up and it was at 200,000.”
“That’s when I realized this is going to be big,” Black said. Though the video song benefits from pitch-correcting Auto-Tune, Black demonstrated she can actually sing, belting out a few lines of the Star Spangled Banner on Good Morning America.
“I think I have talent on some level. I don’t think I’m the worst singer but I don’t think I’m the best singer,” she said.
Asked who she would like to sing a duet with, Black responded Justin Bieber.
“I have Bieber fever. I am in love with Justin Bieber. Just thinking of it just gives me butterflies. That would be unreal. That would just make my life,” she said.
The video was produced by Los Angeles-based indie label and burgeoning teen-pop stable Ark Music Factory. Her mother paid $2,000 for a package that included an original song and video.
Black’s mother, Georgina Kelly, too, was less than satisfied with the song’s lyrics, which include “Kickin’ in the front seat/Sittin’ in the back seat/Gotta make my mind up/Which seat can I take?”
“A few times, when I heard some of the lyrics, I was like, ‘That doesn’t make sense,’” Kelly told the Daily Beast. “Rebecca said, ‘I sang it as they wrote it, Mom.’ So I didn’t micromanage it.”
Black said she is planning to record an acoustic version of “Friday” to showcase her vocal range without Auto-Tune assistance.